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 Every Child Ready to Read

The Round Rock Public Library is proud to participate in Every Child Ready to Read, a joint project of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children to promote literacy among children.

Current research on early literacy and brain development indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers. Parents of newborns, toddlers and preschoolers must be informed of their critical role as their children's first teacher. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Reading researchers have determined that children are more successful readers when they begin with these six skills:

  • Learn words -- know the names of things
  • Hear sounds -- notice and play with the small sounds in words
  • Love books -- see books as useful and fun
  • Use books -- notice print everywhere and understand the concept of moving from the top of a page to the bottom of a page, and scanning left to right
  • Tell stories -- understand sequences of events
  • See letters -- notice that letters are different from one another, and that they have different names and sounds.

Parents can help even very young children learn these skills by incorporating five practices into everyday life:

  1. Talking
  2. Singing
  3. Reading
  4. Writing
  5. Playing

The American Library Association recently released exciting new research and recommendations regarding these five practices--we'll be posting it here soon. Get a head start with your children this summer with our Family Reading Challenge.

The Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children, have incorporated the latest research into a series of parent and caregiver workshops to provide public libraries with vital tools to help prepare parents for their critical role as their child's first teacher. These tools were developed by Dr. Grover C. Whitehurst and Dr. Christopher Lonigan, well-known researchers in emergent literacy, and have been tested and refined by library demonstrations sites around the country.

The Central Texas Ready to Read early literacy project is funded and sponsored by the Central Texas Library System, Inc., the Texas State Library and Archives Commission,  the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Tocker Foundation and the Round Rock Public Library.

Youth services's staff of Round Rock Public Library presents workshops at the library, at Round Rock Headstart program, and other locations in the Round Rock area.

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