JoCo Libraries Expand Literacy Programs

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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. -- Pardon the dust at the Corinth Public Library in Prairie Village.  The Johnson County branch is transforming its children's area into a learning paradise.

"The library is a vital community resource," said Kasey Riley, with Johnson County Libraries.  "We place such an important role in everyone's development from birth to death.  As much as those skills from zero to six years of age are important, lifelong learning is equally important."

Since 2009, Johnson County has been implementing the '6 by 6 Ready to Read' program in its libraries.  This program emphasizes the six skills that parents and caregivers can help children develop before they learn to read, at about the age of six.  In late winter, Corinth will be the twelfth library to implement the program.

There's an ample degree of research that indicates the more children interact with words and language and phonetics, of course, the more likely they are to be successful readers when they hit kindergarten and start reading in a formal classroom.

Over the next two months, the Corinth Branch will paint  walls, add learning stations and create more open space.  The library foundation is funding the upgrade since the county has scaled back on the amount of tax payer dollars available.  By the end of the year, the Leawood Branch will be the thirteenth and final branch to implement the literacy program.

The Corinth Branch will remain open during its transformation and will celebrate its newly renovated six by six space on March 1. See below for a list of events

6 by 6, Ready to Read Reception and Open House
Event Date: 3/1/2012
Event Time: 5:00 PM
Description: Stop by Corinth's lower level to tour our newly renovated 6 by 6 space designed to foster early literacy skills, then head back upstairs to our meeting room for refreshments. At 6:30 settle down to listen to Alan Cunningham sing silly song favorites and tell stories about how each song was written.

Youth Hearing and Literacy Screenings
Event Date: 3/3/2012
Event Time: 10:00 AM
Researchers have identified 6 important pre-reading skills that children need before they learn to read at around the age of 6. Clinical Assistant Professor, Debora B. Daniels, PH.D. and Kansas University medical students will be at Corinth to conduct 15 minute hearing and literacy screenings for children ages of 4 - 6.

Read and Rhyme with Music Time
Event Date: 3/5/2012
Event Time: 10:30 AM
We'll be joined by folk musician Emily Tummons this month for 20-25 minutes of stories and music that highlight 6 by 6: Ready to Read skills. For ages 2-3, accompanied by an adult. After the storytime make sure to go downstairs to see our newly renovated 6 by 6 space.

Preschool Storytime Welcomes 6 by 6 Illustrator Brad Sneed
Event Date: 3/6/2012
Event Time: 10:30 AM
Local author/illustrator Brad Sneed will read his latest book Cock-a Doodle-Doo, Creak, Pop-Pop, Moo at this storytime which features longer stories for ages 4 - 6.

Infant Massage
Event Date: 3/8/2012
Event Time: 9:00 AM
Clinical evidence and numerous studies show that a caregiver's nurturing touch can have a positive impact on the subsequent development of an infant. Learn the nurturing strokes and benefits of infant massage from a certified infant massage instructor in this one-hour class for babies 9 months and younger. Please bring a blanket, extra diaper and baby lotion.

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