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September 2016
September is National Literacy Month, with September 8 marking International Literacy Day. This global movement to commemorate literary awareness marks a unique opportunity for book people to come together and share their passion for a literate world.
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Upcoming Events

Foothill Regional Educational Discussions (FRED)
"Rural Suicide Prevention,"
by Christa Thompson, LCSW  
Wednesday, September 7, 12:00-1:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson. Call 257-1092 for more information.

Pirate Story Time 
Amador County Library, Jackson Branch
Thursday, September 15, 10:30am
For more information call 223-6400.
Tuesday, September 20, 9:00-11:30am
American Legion Hall, Sutter Creek.

Mom to Mom
Perinatal Wellness Support Group for Pregnant and New Moms 
Second Saturday of every month, 2:30-4:00pm. 
975 Broadway, Jackson. RSVP for free child care, 257-1092.

Third Wednesday each month, 6:00-7:30pm. 
Sutter Amador Outpatient Bldg, Mountain Room. Call 257-1092 for more information.

Saturday, September 24, 10:00am-12:00pm. 
"Mini-Indy," 975 Broadway, Jackson. Call to save your spot, 257-1092.

Making an IMPACT for Children and Families
For child care providers, preschool teachers and other early learning providers.
Wednesday, September 28, 6:00-8:00pm.
975 Broadway, Jackson. Call to RSVP, 257-1092.  

Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar and will start up again Monday, August 8!

For more listings, please visit our Calendar.
Library & Reading Fun!

September is also Library Card Sign-up Month! Stop by the Amador County Library to get your card this month!

The library is also celebrating talk like a Pirate Day September 19th. Mango Languages offers a course in speaking Pirate and if you would like to sign up to learn Pirate you can also enter a Pirate Day Contest at .

The library is entering the contest too for a chance to win so the more folks who sign up to learn Pirate will give the library a bigger chance at winning. There will be a pirate story time on September 15th at 10:30am.

Program Spotlight

National Literacy Month

September is National Literacy Month! Reading helps children develop four basic thinking skills, including the ability to pay attention, a good memory, the ability to solve problems, and good language skills. 

First 5 Amador further promotes this through their "Talk, Read, Sing" Campaign. Each year, one third of America's children arrive at their first day of school developmentally behind their peers and without the skills necessary to succeed at their grade level, according to Jumpstart, a nationwide leader in promoting early literacy. When children begin behind their peers, catching up, especially without additional assistance, is difficult and unlikely.

It's easy to make reading with your child an every day event. Click here for fun ways to get started!
Imagination Library Logo

In addition, First 5 Amador has partnered with Dolly Parton and the Imagination Library! This free program provided over 5,700 to over 750 Amador County children in the past year. All Amador County children are eligible from birth until their fifth birthday. After signing up, each child will receive one free book in the mail each month. That means that if a child is signed up at birth, they will receive 60 books - for free! For more information and to sign up today click here.

For more great reading resources:

Amador County Library

Importance of Reading Out Loud

Talk Read Sing

Reading Rockets
Dad and Me Every Month!

Celebrate being a dad every month at our Dad and Me outin gs, held at fun venues around the county on the fourth Saturday of each month. This month join us in Jackson for our Mini Indy!! Click HERE for the flyer with all the information.
readingtipsQUICK TIPS of the MONTH 
Reading Together! 

It's easy and fun to encourage reading from day one! 
  • Pick a comfortable spot to read in - one with plenty of light.
  • Make it a routine - whether it's right before the breakfast, or right before bed, set aside a special time every day.
  • Give lots of encouragement! Read the words aloud to your child. Point to the pictures. Say the words together. Laugh with your child.
  • It's never too early. Reading can be a bonding activity for you and your new baby. Introduce reading in the very beginning, keep books in the nursery and have your books out for baby and toddler to see!
  • The fun continues after the last page! When you finish a story, ask your child about his/her favorite passages, characters, and illustrations.
Little Free Libraries
Take a book, leave a book!

What is a Little Free Library?

Little Free Libraries offer a way to share good things to read: books that intrigue, books that teach, books that are fun! Whose libraries are these? They belong to everybody: neighbors, friends, people we don't even know yet. Anyone can use them. That's why we want to take care of them. Take a book:
if you see a book you would like to read, take it. Share a book: after you read the book, return it to any Little Free Library, or bring books from home that you would like to share with others.

We have 16 Little Free Libraries in Amador County!
Click HERE to print out a map and go on a search for one near you.


   Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age.   
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
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760 Amador kids and counting! Get free books for your children! Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).
All you have to do is read to your child!   
For more information click here. 

It's Our Job as Adults to Keep Kids Safe

Stay up to date on all the news and information about keeping our kids safe from abuse and neglect. Sign up for the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
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PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway | Jackson, CA 95642
First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for children 0-5 years old and their Families.
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