This morning, a group of local Columbus ‘Mommy Bloggers’ met at the Columbus Metropolitan Library to listen to the library director, Pat Losinski, as well as other library staff members, as they shared all the wonderful things the library has to offer. Today, the library is hosting their Summer Reading Club kick-off event at library branches throughout Columbus. This year’s theme is “Share the Love – Read!”
Pat Losinski, Director of the
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Photo by Lindsay Williams
The director’s speech discussed the library’s community outreach programs. The outreach programs are aimed at teaching the parents of at-risk children how to be their child’s first teacher. Parents can be their child’s first teacher by exposing them to the wonderful world of books. The library partners with the United Way of Central Ohio, to offer the Ready to Read program. Ready to Read is a program that helps parents and caregivers to teach children the skills they need to be successful in school. For more information about this program you can call 614-769-0757.
The Columbus Mommy Bloggers who attened the
Summer Reading Club Kick-off Event
Children who are taught to enjoy books at a young age will want to learn to read at a younger age and are more like to enjoy reading as they getter older. Below is a list of suggestions for encouraging a love of reading for your babies, toddlers, and preschool-aged children.
- Begin reading to your children when they are babies – you can even read to newborns!
- Make reading a special time to share and cuddle with your children – they will LOVE this!
- Visit your local library often – there’s even a story time!
- Let your children see you reading – you are their greatest role model!
Mobile buses are used as part of the library’s outreach program, to bring books right into Columbus city neighborhoods to promote reading for at-risk children. The library also offers Homework Help after school from approximately 3:30 – 7:30pm at twenty of their library locations. Children have access to computers, text books, library staff, and community volunteers who are all there to assist the children with their homework. This is a great resource for parents to consider as the 2010-2011 school year approaches. Contact your local library branch for more information.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library is also a leader among other libraries when it comes to buying new books and quickly getting them distributed to branches for your children’s reading enjoyment. The library purchases approximately 3,000 – 4,000 new books a year. Robin Nesbitt, the library’s Text Services Director, states that the library prides itself in being able to get books covered and on the shelves within two days of acquiring them.
The library’s kick-off event was a huge success! It was also a great opportunity for local Mommy Bloggers to come together to make face-to-face connections and share information. These ladies were awesome! Would you like to find out more information about the local Mommy Bloggers? Find out who they are at A New Breed of Mom.
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