What’s happening @ the Library: Program teaches parents how to help kids read

By Charles Brown

Special to The Advocate

Traditionally, early literacy programs at libraries have focused on the child’s development, with parent or caregiver education not the primary intent.

However, the Public Library Association and Association for Library Service to Children have concluded that libraries have an even greater impact on early literacy when they focus educating parents and caregivers.

This approach, of teaching parents and caregivers how to support the early literacy development of children, is the basis of the Every Child Ready To Read program.

Every Child Ready To Read workshops have a serious mission, but they are presented in a fun and entertaining way.

At each of the workshops, library staff will provide demonstrations and examples of how everyday activities can support a child’s development, which in turn helps prepare them for school.

The Every Child Ready to Read workshops will eventually be offered at each of our 14 library locations, but they are getting started at the Norman Mayer Branch in Gentilly, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.

The workshops will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday and June 27. They are free, and parents and children are invited.

For more information about Every Child Ready To Read workshops, visit our website at http://www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org.

Charles Brown is executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.

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