October 2017 
Reading Buddies eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families

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Reading Buddies with the Erie Playhouse 

Join United Way's Reading Buddies and the Erie Playhouse for three special performances for kids and Reading Buddies training for parents.

On November 11, the Youtheatre will be doing a short performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at United Way - please note the new location. With a splendid spin on this classic tale, Jack meets up with a scientific giant, a plucky Golden Harp and a tap-dancing Golden Goose. Wackiness ensues as Jack tries to escape the magical kingdom! 

On January 20, the Youtheatre will be doing a short performance of Petite Rouge at United Way - please note the new location. Based on the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, a red-hooded duckling named Petite Rouge and her sidekick cat lead the Big Bad Gator on a wild "duck" chase through New Orleans and Mardi Gras. 

On May 12, the Youtheatre will be doing a short performance of Junie B. Jones. Sneak a peek into the "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal" of the outspoken and lovable Junie B. Jones! Join this sassy diva as she navigates 1st grade and finds one adventure after another. The location for this event is TBD.

Registration begins at 10:30am and Reading Buddies training starts at 11:00am. Reservation information to come. For more information, go to www.unitedwayerie.org/readingbuddies
Lead By Example

Children learn by example. Trade your smart phone or tablet for a book to show your children that reading is fun. 

Have family reading nights at dinner to make reading a special event. By making books a part of your routine, you can instill a love for reading in your children at a young age. For more tips on how to encourage children to read, check out  this article
Upcoming Storytimes & Reading Events

Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30pm
Reading With Rory at Blasco Memorial Library 
Rory is a therapy dog who loves listening to stories. Sharing books with Rory can help children improve their reading confidence and fluency. Bring a favorite book to read to Rory on select Tuesday's!  Learn more.

Saturday October 7 at 10:00am
Parachute Playtime at Blasco Memorial Library
Young children learn best through play! Afterward, children will have free time to play with the library's blocks, Magna Tiles, puppets, and other toys. Children will have fun while developing cognitive, social, verbal, physical, and literacy skills.  Learn more.

Wednesday October 11 at 3:30pm
Read to a Therapy Dog at Edinboro Branch Library
Children are invited to read to Willie Nelson a therapy dog from Therapy Dogs United. Willie Nelson loves to listen while the children gain reading confidence!  Learn more.

Saturday October 14 at 11:00am
After the Fall Storytime at Barnes and Noble
Humpty Dumpty is an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall --- that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can no longer do many of the things he loves most. Will he summon the courage to face his fear? Find out at Storytime, with activities to follow.  Learn more.

Monday October 23 at 10:00am
Baby Bounce at Blasco Memorial Library
An event for the littlest readers that includes read-a-long books, songs, bounces and rhymes. Playtime with baby-safe toys to follow. Learn more.

Saturday October 28 at 11:00am
Halloween Storytime at Barnes and Noble
Join Barnes and Noble for a special Halloween storytime. R.L. Stine and Marc Jacob's Mary McScary is a funny story featuring a fearless anti-heroine that will have kids and their parents cheering. Then, in Creepy Pair of Underwear!, Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown team up for a hilarious and creepy story of a brave rabbit and a very weird pair of underwear. Learn more.

Thursday Evenings at 6:30pm
Evening Storytime each Thursday at Blasco Memorial Library
A perfect opportunity for parents who work to be able to take their preschool kids to a storytime at the library! Each Thursday from 6:30-7:30 enjoy fun stories and fun activities, including singing, dancing and crafts!  Learn more.
Important Information

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Does your child love Imagination  Library  books? Just enrolled and received their first book? Just had a birthday and received Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! and their graduation certificate?  SEND US YOUR PHOTOS  via email to  photos@unitedwayerie.org .
Not Receiving Books?
If you are not receiving books, or have a specific question about the Imagination Library please contact Joanna Peters via email or phone (814) 456-2937 ext. 233.
United Way's 2-1-1 Now Available 24/7

service is now available 24/7/365  across Erie County! United Way's 2-1-1 is the social service equivalent of 9-1-1. By dialing three simple numbers (2-1-1) on your home or cell phone, you can talk with a professional resource navigator who will provide information about a wide range of health, human and social services. 

Call 2-1-1 anytime or visit pa211nw.org to conduct your own search. You can also text your need and zip code to 898-211 to receive information by text. Its free, easy and the quickest way to find help.