June 2020
Reading Buddies eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families
By the Numbers:

22,509 local children have been served. 📚 727,457 books mailed in Erie County.
💯💰 100% of Imagination Library program funds are raised by support to United Way of Erie County. Learn More and register an Erie County child under the age of 5 in your life:  UnitedWayErie.org/Imagination
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Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other
Sesame Street is working with families to help support children during COVID-19. Resources and videos are available to help talk with children about COVID-19.

There are fun activities to do with children as well as Sesame Street videos to watch as a family. Read more, download resources and the Family Play app (From SesameStreet.com)
NEW Book Alert: Raccoon on His Own
When a baby raccoon is swept downstream in an abandoned canoe, he feels afraid. But soon he notices all kinds of things he has never seen before, and from the safety of his little boat, he begins to explore the world around him.

Paralleling the exciting-and often frightening-experience of a child's first adventure away from home, Raccoon on His Own offers little ones a glimpse of being on their own for the very first time.

Accompanying Activity for this Book: Reflection
What is reflection? This activity explores the idea of reflection using everyday items you have at home.

In the story, Raccoon sees his reflection in the water. This is a good opportunity to learn about reflection and what that is/means. (From BuggyAndBuddy.com)

It's 529 Day!
Keystone Scholars and PA 529 are celebrating education savings and “529 Day” TODAY, May 29. The group is hosting a PA 529 webinar at 10:00 A.M., plus having a live Twitter chat at noon to talk about a new savings incentive with Fund My Future! Please consider joining in to learn more.

You can also check out virtual “529 Day” activities and resources to share with your family, including virtual tours, brain games, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood coloring sheets. Plus, you can sign up to win $529 !
Kindergarten Registration - Check with your School District
Registering your child on time for kindergarten is so important!

But, with the COVID-19 pandemic, many districts are adjusting their registration schedules and may be in touch with you about adjustments to deadlines.

United Way encourages you to reach out to your school district for the most up to date information regarding kindergarten registration for your child. Check out our Kindergarten Registration webpage for contact information and websites for each school district in Erie County.
Upcoming Free Events & Storytimes
While staying home, tune in to these FREE community offerings

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3:00pm
PLAYtime - LIVE with the Erie Playhouse
PLAYtime will be on Facebook LIVE STREAM each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (and even a few Saturdays) at 3:00pm! Tune in with Ms. Trish, Ms. Karen, Miss Maeve, and Ms. Kate for a new book each day. Learn more

Mondays and Fridays at 11:45am
RLB Artbox Studio - LIVE Art Class
Thanks to artist Rachel Berlin children can tune into free LIVE art class on Mondays and Fridays at 11:45am. Learn more

Erie County Public Library
The Library is streaming various story times on their Facebook page! Learn more

Macaroni Kid Erie
Our friends at Macaroni Kid have updated their Events page with virtual events and fun activities to do while at home with your children. Learn more

Storyline Online
Dozens of wonderful stories are read aloud by celebrities like Betty White, Viola Davis and even Oprah via the Storyline Online YouTube channel. Learn more

Goodnight with Dolly
Be on the lookout for more information on a 10-week series of Dolly read aloud videos where the Book Lady herself will read one Imagination Library bedtime story each week. Tune in Thursdays at 7pm! Learn more

Julie's Library Podcast Storytimes
Thanks to Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, each week a new story comes to life via Podcast! Learn more

Stay Connected!
Great information, resources, reading guides and tips are shared on the Imagination Library for Erie County Facebook page . Be sure to Like and Follow the page to stay up to date and informed!

Important Information

Need help? Don't know where to turn? Just dial United Way's 211 helpline . A trained operator will connect you with information about financial assistance, counseling, food/clothing/shelter, health services, substance abuse and much more! It's always free and confidential . You can also text your zip code to 898-211 to be helped by 211.