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Volunteer Readers Needed

For the seventh consecutive year, Pennsylvania’s One Book, Every Young Child program will lead the way to highlight the importance of early literacy development in preschooler ages 3 to 6.  The program has been developed by librarians and museum educators from across Pennsylvania to promote the value and benefits of reading early and often to preschoolers and to encourage family bonding through books and reading.

 Throughout the year, there will be local events supporting the One Book, Every Young Child including author and illustrator visits at select locations across the state, special library and museum programming for families, as well as activities for parents, early childcare providers.

The Local Education and Resource Network (LEARN) Team has begun to schedule reading sessions for children throughout Lycoming County.  The program provides opportunities for community and business leaders, educators and other volunteers to read aloud to the children at state childcare facilities, Head Start programs, licensed preschools and kindergartens throughout our region.  Each child will receive a copy of the book to take home and share with their family.  The book that has been selected for this year’s program is Stop Snoring Bernard! by Pennsylvania author & illustrator Zachariah OHora. 

 The One Book, Every Young Child program goes far beyond just giving parents and caregivers a book to read to preschoolers.  The program’s design is based on studies showing that simply reading a book is not enough.  Adults must find ways to engage children in activities like talking about a book’s cover and illustrations, discussing the actions in the book and favorite parts, pretend play related to the book and more.

This year more than 3,300 books will be distributed to children throughout Lycoming County.  Each classroom needs a reader, so we are inviting you to be a volunteer!  Your time commitment would be approximately one hour in the morning or afternoon based on your availability. Reading sessions will be scheduled mid-March through the end of April.  If you would like to volunteer to read, please email Bethany and Amy at learn@development.lcuw.org. We will work with you at that time to schedule a date and location.

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