You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot, to pick up a book and share what you’ve got.
In schools and communities, let’s gather around, let’s pick up a book, let’s pass it around.
There are kids all around you, kids who will need someone to hug, someone to read.
Come join us March 3rd, your own special way and make this America’s Read to Kids Day!
What is Read Across America?
The National Education Association’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. Poor reading levels can lead to academic problems, which can increase the likelihood of dropping out, substance abuse, teen and early pregnancy, and criminal behavior, which all contribute to the cycle of poverty.
Here are the United Way of the Bradford Area, we want to increase literacy skills for the children in our community. We hold our monthly First Chapter program at the Bradford Area Public Library on the second Wednesday of every month at 10:30am. First Chapter is a free program for children ages 5 and younger and for family members or guardians of the participants.
In addition to joining us for First Chapter every month, here are some easy, everyday ways to incorporate literacy into your everyday lives.
• Set a good example as a reader – let kids see you reading every day.
• Get a subscription in your child’s name to an age-appropriate magazine for your child. When relatives and others ask for gift ideas, suggest magazine subscriptions, books, or a book store gift certificate.
• Set up an area in your home where a variety of reading materials are within easy reach. Encourage writing by including paper, crayons, pens and pencils.
• Let your child see you reading, whether it’s the newspaper, a magazine, or the latest bestseller.
• Encourage a love of words by playing rhyming and word games, singing silly songs, or writing poems and stories together.
• Talk about daily activities or tell stories about your family or culture to help children develop their language skills.
At the Library:
• Keep lots of books, magazines, and newspapers around the house. Visit the library often and shop for books at garage and yard sales, swap meets, and used bookstores.
• Visit your local library often. Get your children their own library cards. Try a story hour or other free event at the library.
• Create a library for your child of new or used books. Look for affordable books at yard sales, secondhand book stores, and library book sales.
Visit the NEA’s Read Across America site to get even more fantastic tips!
The Bradford Area Public Library is located at 67 West Washington Street in Bradford, and is open 6 days a week. Library hours are Monday and Wednesday from 10:00am to 7:00pm; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
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