Celebrate National Literacy Month
September is National Literacy Month, a great time to celebrate the joy—and importance—of reading! Encourage reading by visiting the library as a family, inspire your children to read by example, bring toddlers to library storytimes, make time to read aloud, and donate to the ReadingPals Book Drive.
Early Literacy Matters
The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages early literacy as a way to prepare young children for school and nurture a love of early reading. It’s widely known that reading proficiency by third grade is one of the most important predictors of whether a student will graduate high school and succeed in a career. It’s critical that children have access to quality, age-appropriate books—especially if those books are in their own home—before they ever start school. That’s why Jacksonville Public Library partners with United Way ReadingPals—to help build home libraries of preschoolers in need through an annual book drive.
Give a child a good bedtime story!
ReadingPals 4th Annual Book Drive Sept. 1 – 30
Make sure more kids enjoy a good bedtime story by donating a new or nearly new storybook, appropriate for a 3 – 4-year old, to the United Way ReadingPals Book Drive. Bring your book donation(s) to any of our 21 library locations.
1) Donate new or nearly new books for ages 3 – 4.
2) Bring books to any Jacksonville Public Library and sign a special bookmark. The personalized bookmark will be placed inside the donated book. Books will be given to children in the ReadingPals Program.
3) You may also bring your book donations when you attend one of the many International Literacy Day celebrations, held at libraries on Sept. 7. All ages can enjoy games, book-based activity stations and much more!
More about ReadingPals
ReadingPals connects volunteers with preschoolers who need extra help getting ready for kindergarten, helping to ensure that Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) students are prepared for kindergarten through early learning and developmental activities. Each week a ReadingPals volunteer spends time with a pair of preschoolers, reading a book, completing activities, and developing skills for school success. Each child in the ReadingPals initiative receives at least four books to build their home library.