September 2017 
Reading Buddies eNews
Information and resources for Imagination Library families

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Coming Soon - Reading Buddies with the Erie Playhouse in 2018

To go along with the Imagination Library, United Way created training for parents and other caring adults in the lives of young children in Erie County. Reading Buddies training gives parents and other caring adults techniques to make the most of their time reading with their kids.  United Way is pleased to announce that we will once again be partnering with t he  Erie Playhouse  to offer free Reading Buddies events with the Erie Playhouse Youth Theatre in 2018. Stay tuned for event details in next month's newsletter!
The Comfort Zone
When encouraging a child to read, it is important to keep in mind the reading level they are at. The comfort zone refers to the books that a child can read while understanding at least 75% of the words. Teaching a child how to choose a book in his or her comfort zone will improve their reading experience. Learn more
Upcoming Storytimes & Reading Events

Saturday, September 2 at 11:00am
Uni the Unicorn Storytime at Barnes and Noble
Follow Uni and the little girl who believes in unicorns, as they finally meet and work together to save a magical land and its inhabitants! Activities to follow. Learn more

Saturday, September 9 at 11:00am
How to Catch a Monster Storytime at Barnes and Noble
Parents and children will love this fun, inventive picture book, which reminds us that things aren't always as scary as they seem. Activities to follow.  Learn more

Monday, September 11 at 10:00am
Baby Bounce at Blasco Memorial Library
An invent for the littlest readers that includes read-a-long books, songs, bounces and rhymes. Playtime with baby-safe toys to follow.  Learn more

Tuesday, September 12 at 9:30am & 10:30am
Toddler Time at Blasco Memorial Library 
Interactive books, songs, rhymes games and crafts specifically designed just for toddlers! This event is a perfect way to help your little one develop early literacy skills. Learn more

Tuesday, September 12 at 4:30pm
Read to a Therapy Dog at Lincoln Community Center
The therapy dogs are gentle, non-intimidating listeners. Reading aloud to a dog has proven to be a useful means of encouragement for reluctant readers!  Learn more

Monday, September 18 at 10:00am
Family Storytime at Blasco Memorial Library
Children of all ages are welcome to go and enjoy stories, songs, activities and crafts that will enhance literary skills and encourage a love for learning. Learn more

Thursday Evenings at 6:30pm
Evening Storytime each Thursday at Blasco Memorial Library
A perfect opportunity for parents who work to be able to take their preschool kids to a storytime at the library! Each Thursday from 6:30-7:30 enjoy fun stories and fun activities, including singing, dancing and crafts! Learn more
Important Information

Reading Guide
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Coloring Fun
 Max & Ruby Activity Sheets

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Not Receiving Books?
If you are not receiving books, or have a specific question about the Imagination Library please contact Joanna Peters via email or phone (814) 456-2937 ext. 233.
United Way's 2-1-1

service is available across Erie County! United Way's 2-1-1 is the social service equivalent of 9-1-1. By dialing three simple numbers (2-1-1) on your home or cell phone, you can talk with a professional resource navigator who will provide information about a wide range of health, human and social services. 

Call 2-1-1 M-F 8am-4:30pm or visit to conduct your own search.