Introducing Children to Books and Reading
June 26, 2013
If you visit most MCPL branches, you will find at least one AWE Early Literacy Station in or near the children’s area. They are digital learning stations for kids ages 2 - 8. They come pre-loaded with up to 60 educational titles, covering 7 different areas of curriculum. Access to these learning stations at our branches was made possible because of a grant which paid for them. Kids who visit the Blue Ridge Branch are having a great time using the AWE Early Literacy Station.
If your child likes games, songs, and active learning, you may want to also consider coming to Storytime on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Storytime is almost year-round (no Storytime during August) and geared for preschool-aged children; however, activities can be easily adapted to incorporate younger and older children, too!
If your child likes computers, another way to introduce books and reading is by using some of our great online resources. I highly recommend BookFlix, The Tumblebook Library, and TrueFlix (for older children). You can find all of these at mymcpl.org. These wonderful research databases bring storybooks to life.
There is no substitution for an old-fashioned, hold in your hand, turn the page book. Our staff can help recommend and find books that are just right for your child. We also have bookmarks that have lists of “favorites” by grade and subject area. We certainly don’t want you to leave empty handed, besides your library card allows you to check out up to 200 items!
Blue Ridge Branch