Reading Buddies eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families
April 2015
Parents and other caring adults have the incredible opportunity to build a strong foundation for learning and healthy development before a child enters school - even from the time a child is born. Here are some resources to help you make the most of this important time with your children.
Join us for Reading Buddies Events!

Wednesday, April 1 | 4:00 - 6:00pm

The Erie Family Center

913 Payne Avenue | Erie PA, 16503


Join us for this family night with Healthy Families America on April 1st! Families will enjoy activities together and learn about positive development for children. Transportation assistance available.To RSVP, call the Erie Family Center at 814.874.6990.


Thursday, April 9 | 6:00 - 7:00pm

Robison Elementary School

1651 Robison Road West | Erie PA, 16509


Join our Reading Buddies to learn everyday tips for reading with your child! Free childcare provided. 
Refreshments to follow training. Participants will have the chance to win a $25 Walmart gift card and Hallmark Interactive Story Buddy. To RSVP, click HERE.


Thursday, April 16 | 4:00 - 7:00pm
Corry Area Primary School
423 Wayne Street | Corry PA, 16407

Reading Buddies will be at the Kindergarten Registration event at Corry Area Primary School. Please join us to learn about how you can help your children get ready for kindergarten by taking the time to read with them every day.
Featured Resources

Talking Is Teaching

Approximately 80 percent of a child's brain is formed by age 3, and a parent's words are an influential part of proper development. "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" seeks to help parents understand that they have the power to boost their children's vocabulary through simple actions every day.

NBC Parent Toolkit

Studies show children whose parents are involved in their education do better in school, and this Parent Toolkit was created to provide you with useful tips and tools to support your growing child at all ages. 

Reading Tips for Parents in 11 Languages

A child's success as a reader begins much earlier than the first day of school. Reading, and a love for reading, begins at home. These one-page Parent Tips offer easy ways for parents to help kids become successful readers.

Languages include Spanish, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Korean, Navajo, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese.



Stop to look at pictures. Ask the child to name things he or she sees. Talk about how the pictures relate to the story.


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

Download a Reading Guide for the Imagination Library book

"The Tale of Peter Rabbit" 

by Beatrix Potter


If you are not receiving the books from the Imagination Library contact Joanna at 814.456.2937 or 


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