Reading Buddies eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families
August 2015
Reading is Crucial

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, especially during the summer months.


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


Early reading together has a positive influence on many aspects of language development, including communication skills, word knowledge, and later reading ability. Research finds that reading frequency is more important than social economic class in predicting language growth: parents should read to children almost every day.


Read more tips and ideas


Download our newly updated Read Aloud Matters guide.

Reading Buddies Events
Learn the importance of reading with your children from birth!


National Night Out 
Tuesday, August 4 from 5:00 - 8:00pm
JFK Center
2021 E 20th St |  Erie, PA 16510
Reading Buddies events will take place throughout the evening in the Imagination Library Reading Nook. Join us for a chance to win a $25 Walmart gift card or a Hallmark Story Buddy! Schedule will be available at the registration table.


To find out about other family friendly events this summer, check out the Reading Buddies Calendar.

Block by Block Events

Join in the fun as Erie Together takes "Block by Block" to neighborhoods across Erie County. These  free  pop-up events include food, activities for you and your children and chances to receive all kinds of free stuff! Come learn about resources available to help you and your child be prepared for kindergarten!

Country Fair with Miss Pennsylvania
347 East 12th | Erie, PA 16503
Tuesday, August 4 | 11:30am - 1:30pm

Country Fair in McKean
9030 Main St |  McKean, PA 16426

Wednesday, August 5 | 11:30am - 1:30pm 



Country Fair at 12th and Peninsula
2841 W 12th St |  Erie, PA 16505

Friday, August 7 | 11:30am - 1:30pm 



To find out about other family friendly events this summer, check out the Reading Buddies Calendar

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Minimize distractions so children can focus. Having the TV off and phones and tablets out of reach will help a child focus on the story. 


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

Download a Reading Guide for the Im agination Library book

"Read to Tiger" by S.J. Fore


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