Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Sallisaw Library to Offer Literacy Workshop

The Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library, 111 E Cherokee in Sallisaw, will provide a workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept.14, to help parents prepare their children’s early literacy skills before they start school.

The workshop, which is for parents and children from birth to age 5, will demonstrate how parents can use five familiar, easy-to-use practices to develop their child’s language and other early literacy skills.

Every child in attendance will receive a book to take home.

Learning to read begins before children enroll in school because they need to develop important language and literacy skills before they can actually learn to read. Parents and other caregivers can start now to help their children develop these skills.

The Every Child Ready to Read parent/child workshop will explain why the skills are so important, and it will show how adults can help children learn those skills. High-interest, age-appropriate books will be available for parents and caregivers to take home. The books come with early literacy activities that parents can incorporate into their family’s daily routine.

Sharon Myers, the library’s children’s clerk, said children who start Kindergarten with well-developed literacy skills have an advantage.

“Reading is essential to school success,” Myers said, adding “Children who start school ready to learn to read have greater success throughout their school years.”

The program, “Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library,” was developed by the association for Literacy Service to Children and the Public Library Association, both divisions of the American Library Association, in conjunction with national reading and education experts.

The newly released second edition of “Every Child Learns to Read” offers research-based practices that adults and children can enjoy together while helping children learn early literacy or pre-reading skills. The practices feature talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.

For more information on the workshop, as well as other materials and resources for parents, contact Sequoyah County librarian Bethia Owens at (918) 775-8841. The Sallisaw library is part of the Eastern Oklahoma District Library System.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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