San Francisco Library introduce babies to literacy
Bay City News Service
April 2, 2006
As part of San Francisco's celebration of Week of the Child this
week, San Francisco Public Library has launched a program designed
to help introduce literacy skills to children as young as a few
"Every Child Ready to Read" is a national project of
the American Library Association. Its six early literacy guidelines
for parents, caregivers, childcare professionals and community
organizations will be incorporated into the San Francisco Public
Library's existing programs for children.
Early literacy programs help promote brain growth and prepare
children for reading readiness, according to the library.
The "Every Child Ready to Read" guidelines include
introducing children to books at libraries; encouraging awareness
of the printed word, letters, and phonemes, the smaller sounds
in words; teaching children the names of objects and encouraging
youngsters to describe things and tell stories.
Some of the library's existing programs for children include
"lapsits" for babies, toddlers and their caregivers,
which introduce children to books and songs. At the library's
preschool story times, children listen to stories, "learn
fun fingerplays and explore musical play with instruments,"
according to the library.
The library's additions to its literacy programs are some of
the many activities for children and families planned in San Francisco
A "Family Day" at the library's main Civic Center branch
is scheduled for Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information about the "Every Child Ready to Read"
program or to schedule a workshop, contact Christy Burgess at
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