Reading Buddies eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families
July 2015

It's hard to believe, but the very FIRST Imagination Library book was mailed in Erie County in July 2013! That means, the Imagination Library is turning this month! We are also celebrating the 175,000th book being delivered in July! 

for being a part of this game-changing program that is helping prepare our youngest citizens to enter kindergarten with a LOVE of reading and ready to learn.
Beating the "Summer Slide"

Summer slide may sound like a playground or water park, but it can also be a dangerous side effect of
children who are not actively engaged in learning over the summer months. This learning loss can cause children to fall behind in school simply because their brains are not getting enough exercise. Luckily, learning doesn't just happen in a classroom!  Read more
Reading Buddies Events
Learn the importance of reading with your children from birth!


Friday, July 24 at 8:30pm 
Nate Levy Park
E 2nd St, Erie, PA 16507 
B.E.S.T. is hosting a movie night in the park at 9pm. Join us for Reading Buddies half an hour before the show!

Saturday, July 25 from 1-3pm

MLK Community Center

312 Chestnut Street, Erie, PA 16507

This community event features an afternoon of food, games, prizes, music and of course fun for the whole family.


Albion Area Public Library

Wednesday, July 29 | 

Albion Area Public Library
111 E Pearl St, Albion, PA 16401

Reading Buddies will be in Albion with the Children's Mobile Museum! Join us for an afternoon of hands-on learning!


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!

Block by Block at McKinley Park
Thursday, July 23 | 4:30 - 6:30pm 

Block by Block at Country Fair 
8th and East Avenue Location

Monday, July 27 | 11:30am - 1:30pm 


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

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Involve children as much as possible. Ask questions and encourage conversation about the book. This helps them connect the story with their own lives and also helps them compare the current story to others that they have heard.


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

Download a Reading Guide for the Imagination Library book

"Little Owl's Night" by Divya Srinivasan


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


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Safety in the summer, safety in your neighborhood!