Reading Buddies eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families
October 2015
Talking Starts with Reading!

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.

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
Reading with babies and young children helps in many ways, including how many words they know, how they talk and how they learn to read. Research finds that reading to your child often helps to ensure that they will be successful in school and in life. Parents should try to read to their children  every day .

Download our newly updated   Read Aloud Matters guide .
Reading Buddies Events
Learn the importance of reading with your children from birth!

Reading Buddies at The Pure Parenting Shop
Wednesday, October 14 | 10:30-11:30 am 
Pure Parenting Shop | 2117  W 8th Street, Erie 16505

The Pure Parenting Shop, Erie's only natural parenting store, is hosting Reading Buddies on Wednesday, October 14th from 10:30 am - 11:30 am. Child watch will be available.
Please RSVP by 4:00 pm on October 12.

Reading Buddies at Parade Street Commons
Thursday, October 15 | 5:30-6:30 pm 
Community Building | 19th and Parade St., Erie 16501

Child watch will be available.
Please RSVP by 4:00 pm on October 13th.

Reading Buddies Event with
Reading Therapy Dogs
Wednesday, October 28 | 1:30-3:30 pm
Therapy Dogs United | 1940 W 8th Street, Erie 16505

J oin us for a Reading Buddies presentation, followed by the chance to practice your new skills with a reading therapy dog! Child watch will be provided. Limited space is  available - please RSVP  by 4:00pm on October 26.

Reading Buddies Presentation at
Bethany Storytime Program
Saturday, October 31  | 10:30-11:30 am
Bethany Outreach Center | 254 E 10th Street, Erie 16503

All children ages 3-10 are invited to attend the Storytime Program on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am-noon. Volunteers will read books to the children. Each week children will have the opportunity to participate in crafts and games, enjoy a beverage and a snack, and choose a brand-new book to take home. On October 31st, a Reading Buddies presentation will also be open to parents and other caring adults.  Please RSVP by 4:00 pm on October 29.

T o find out about other family friendly events this month, check out the
Continue to practice the Reading Buddies techniques to help your child develop language, communication, and reading comprehension skills!
FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card
United Way of Erie County is pleased to offer the FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount card! The cards are  free and re-usable ; there is no need to personally register your card and no one tracks your purchases.  
The card can be used by the whole family and is for people with no insurance or for medicine not covered by insurance, Medicare or other benefit plans. The FamilyWize Prescription Discount card could lower the cost of medicine by an average of 35%. United Way of Erie County is providing these cards  free-of-charge to everyone in our community . There are no age restrictions, no income restrictions, no limit on how many times you can use it and no waiting to get a card.

Best of all, everyone can check the price of their prescription drugs online to see if FamilyWize provides a better price.  It's an easy, 4-step process.  First, log into  Second, click the "Drug Price Lookup" button in the upper left corner of the FamilyWize homepage.  Third, enter the name of the drug (be sure to spell it correctly) and your zip code. Fourth, click "Find Drug Prices" and prices for this drug from all pharmacies in your area will be posted.

Recently, a United Way staff person checked prices on the FamilyWize Drug Price Lookup feature.  He was paying $66/month for a specific drug but found that the same drug was available at another location for $17/month.  That's a monthly savings of $49 and a yearly savings of $588!

It pays to compare prices -- and it's easy to do from home or your smartphone using the FamilyWize Drug Price Lookup feature.  FamilyWize cards are available from most social service agencies in Erie County or by printing a copy from United Way's website at
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Have your child join in: by reciting a repetitive phrase, or counting if the story involves numbers, or making a motion or sound that is part of the story. Even consider making up silly rhymes and dances about the story. Children learn best when they are active!


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

Download a Reading Guide for the Im agination Library book  "At This Very Moment"  by Jim Arnosky
If you are not receiving the books from the Imagination Library contact  Joanna Peters  at 814.456.2937  or

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