Reading Buddies eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families
February 2016
Reading Buddies Events
Learn the importance of reading with your children from birth!

More events are in the works for the coming months.
Check out our calendar for updates!
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!
How to read an e-book with your child

Electronic books, called e-books, are becoming more and more common. While traditional e-books offer a similar experience to reading a traditional book, newer versions can offer a whole range of exciting features. E-book enhancements can include  music that complements the story, playing story-related games, completing coloring pages and more. Most children find interactive e-books fun and engaging, but it's easy for kids to get carried away with the digital nature of this method of reading.

Remember, there's no substitute for quality parent-child interaction. Read with your child every day, whether you're using an e-book or a traditional book. Learn more
Favorite books for Black History Month

February is Black History Month. 

The following are some books to enjoy during Black History Month (or anytime!).  They describe the joys and challenges that are shared by children of all colors as they learn and grow.

  • A Chair for My Mother By: Vera Williams
  • Anansi The Spider: A Tale From the Ashanti
    By: Gerald McDermott
  • My Daddy and I  By: Eloise Greenfield, Jan Spivey Gilchrest
  • Something Beautiful  By: Sharon Wyeth, Chris K. Soentpiet
  • Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt  By: Deborah Hopkinson, James Ransome
Keep more of your hard-earned money

This filing season, let Erie FREE Taxes save you tax preparation and filing fees by preparing all your income tax returns for free. And, Erie FREE Taxes will help you claim all the tax credits you are owed. 

Plan for your child's future. Saving a portion of your tax refund for your child's educational future will help your son, or daughter, get on a path to self-sufficiency as an adult.  This will be one of the most important things you do as a parent.

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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 Read more tips and ideas
Read Aloud Matters Guide

Not all reading takes place between the covers of a book. What about menus, road signs, and food labels? Take advantage of countless 
spur-of-the-moment opportunities for reading during the course of your family's busy day.

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

Download a Reading Guide for the Im agination Library book  "Luke Goes to Bat" by Rachel Isadora  
If you are not receiving the books from the Imagination Library contact  Joanna Peters  at 814.456.2937  or
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On Fridays this spring, children 5 and under along with parents, grandparents and friends who nurture them are invited to Play to Learn with the Erie County Public Library and  expERIEnce Children's Museum  at the Blasco Library. 

Events will be at 10am and are free in the Storytime Room February 19, March 18, April 15 and May 20 . Learn more
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