Reading Buddies eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families
November 2015
Talking Starts with Reading!

Reading to children at an early age is crucial to the development of their language skills.  Take time to make the most of reading time with your child.

Read to your young children early and frequently . It is never too  early  to start reading to children and that is why the Imagination Library begins at birth
Reading with babies and young children helps in many ways, including how many words they know, how they talk and how they learn to read. Research finds that reading to your child often helps to ensure that they will be successful in school and in life. Parents should try to read to their children  every day .

Download our newly updated   Read Aloud Matters guide .
Reading Buddies Events
Learn the importance of reading with your children from birth!

Reading Buddies Event with
Reading Therapy Dogs
Thursday, November 5 | 6:00-7:30 pm
Therapy Dogs United | 1940 W 8th Street, Erie 16505

J oin us for a Reading Buddies presentation, followed by the chance to practice your new skills with a reading therapy dog! Child watch will be provided. Limited space is  available - please RSVP  by 4:00 pm on November 4th.

Reading Buddies Event with
The Erie Playhouse
Saturday, November 14  | 11:00 am -12:30 pm
Blasco Memorial Library | 160 E Front Street, Erie 16507

Join the cast of the Erie Playhouse Youtheatre Production of Honk! The characters will do activities with the kids while parents and other caring adults participate in a Reading Buddies training. Everyone will come together at the end for a performance of a song from Honk! All participating families will receive up to 4 free tickets to see the play and a free lunch is provided!

Limited space is available - please RSVP by 4:00 pm on November 10th to reserve your spot.

T o find out about other family friendly events this month, check out the
Continue to practice the Reading Buddies techniques to help your child develop language, communication, and reading comprehension skills!
Free Online Literacy Resources

Looking for some free online resources to help you and your child get the most out of reading together? Here are a few sites to check out:

Reading Rockets
This site contains a daily news service, free monthly e-newsletters, parent tips, online video and podcasts, blogs, children's booklists, and much more.

This website is full of fun games and activities that parents can use to teach the basics of reading.

Story Blocks
A collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents and caregivers songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes helpful early literacy tips. Available in 5 languages.

Starfall is an interactive website intended for early readers. It features a number of activities to encourage kids who are learning to read.
Learning Can Happen Anywhere

The holidays are quickly approaching. This can be the perfect way to increase your child's exposure to language skills! You may think there is no time between roasting your turkey and baking the pumpkin pie to worry about language skills. But this can be the perfect time to sing and talk with your child while introducing them to new sights, sounds, tastes, and smells!

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Let your children catch you reading! They will want to model the behavior they see in you. Read a book, read the newspaper, or read the back of a cereal box.


For more reading tips, check out Tools & Tips for Reading with Children.

Download a Reading Guide for the Im agination Library book  "A House Is a House for Me" by 
Mary Ann Hoberman
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