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

 Reading Buddies with the
Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network
Monday, April 4 | 6:00-7:00 PM
St. Paul's Center | 453 W. 16th Street, Erie 16502

J oin us for a Reading Buddies presentation, following the regularly scheduled soup kitchen. Child watch will be provided.  Please RSVP by 4:00pm on April 3rd.

Reading Buddies at the Edinboro Branch Library
Monday, April 11 | 10:00-11:00 AM
Edinboro Library | 413 W. Plum Street, Edinboro 16412

All children ages 6 mo. through 5 yrs. are invited to attend the Storytime Program on Monday mornings from 10:00-11:00 am. Volunteers will read books to the children. Family storytime at the Edinboro branch includes books, songs, movement, and crafts. On April 11th, a Reading Buddies presentation will also be open to parents and other caring adults. 
Please  RSVP by 4:00 pm on April 9th.

T o find out about other family friendly events this month, check out the

Continue to practice Reading Buddies techniques to help your child develop language, communication and reading comprehension skills!
My Lucky Day at The Erie Playhouse!
United Way of Erie County and the Erie Playhouse have partnered to bring  Dolly Parton's Imagination Library book My Lucky Day, written by Keiko Kasza to THE PLAYHOUSE STAGE! And, all performances are  FREE for  Imagination Library for Erie County  families.

Performances will be:
Saturday, April 23 at 10:00am
Saturday, April 23 at 12:30pm
Sunday, April 24 at 2:00pm

To reserve your seats please call the Erie Playhouse box office at (814) 454-2852 ext. 0 beginning April 1.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to identify yourself as an Imagination Library family when calling the box office. A special Parent & Me interactive session will immediately follow each performance. Seating is LIMITED. Please also let the box office know if you would like to stay for the Parent & Me session when calling.
Reading Outdoors

With warmer weather on the way, it's a great time of year to grab a book and head outdoors! Backyards, parks, and neighborhood walks can lead to interesting conversations and new vocabulary words, observations, and investigations. Try these fun outdoor exploration activities to nurture the growing reader in your home!
  • Notice and describe trees and other outdoor plants and their parts. Vocabulary might include trunks, branches, stems, leaves, and flowers. See how many different types of leaves you can gather. Describe and sort leaves by shape, size, and color.
  • Observe any birds, squirrels, insects, and worms. Keep track of the different animals and insects you find. If possible, take pictures or draw a sketch of any unusual or unfamiliar ones. Other spots include a wood pile, a garden, or near the bright lights of a parking lot.
  • Compare
    the illustrations in your favorite nature-themed book with the real-life settings. What type of trees, animals, and insects on the page can you find in your neighborhood?
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 dayRead more tips and ideas

Read Aloud Matters Guide

Laugh - Have Fun - Enjoy time together. Make reading an enjoyable pastime for your child. Don't make it a punishment or reward, but a special time to enjoy. If your little one is not enjoying the book, just talk about the pictures to finish it up and try again later.

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

Download a Reading Guide for the Im agination Library book  "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter
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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 April 15 and May 20 . Learn more
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