Hey Babies & Preschoolers: Catch the Reading Bug @ MPL for Summer Reading & Prizes!

Muncie Public Library Summer Reading Program for Babies through Preschool
June 1 – July 31, 2008

Check out our other Summer Youth Events: visit us online @ http://www.munpl.org or sign up for special events by calling our Youth Department at 765.741.5151 or 765.741.7333.

Prizes this year are better than ever, with a chance to win a computer for ages three through high school and other special drawing prizes!  First 500 to register receive a book bag. Earn Book Bucks at each level and spend your Book Bucks at the MPL Bookworm store!
Sign up in June or July at any Library Location. 
Carnegie Youth Services hours are limited to 12-6 p.m. Monday – Friday.

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Read to Your Child from Birth!

Here are the facts – why should you read to your baby and toddler?

          > Reading to your child in the early years encourages closeness between you and your child and promotes a larger vocabulary. Research shows that children with larger vocabularies have higher school achievement! Duke, Neil and Annie Moses.10 Research-Tested Ways to Build Children’s Vocabulary, Scholastic Professional Paper.Scholastic, 2003

          > Knowledge of alphabet letters at entry into kindergarten is a strong predictor or reading ability in the 10th grade! Ehri, L., & McCormick, S. Phases of word learning: Implications for instruction with delayed and disabled readers. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 14, 135-163, 1998

          > 90-95% of poor readers can reach average reading skills with early intervention. If intervention is delayed until 9 yrs of age, then 75% of these children will continue to have difficulty learning to read throughout high school. Lyon G. Reid. Overview of Reading and Literacy Research. In Keys to Literacy edited by Susannah Patton and Madelyn Holmes Washington, DC: Council for Basic Education, 1998

          > By the time children reach age three, their brains are twice as active as those of adults. Activity levels drop during adolescence. Shore, Rima Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development MY: Families and work Institute, 1997

Summer reading is open to children of all ages!  Children can be read to, read on their own, or read with their summer day camp or day care families to earn prizes.  Summer Reading Programs are also available for teens and adult of any age!

Muncie Public Library cards are free for those living in Center Township!  Even children who do not have a Library card can participate in the Summer Reading Program by reading books while at the Library!

Catch the Reading Bug this Summer at MPL!

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