Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by East Baton Rouge Parish Library.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Library Has Launched The Press Start! Ready, Set, Read! Program
East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s Press Start! Ready, Set, Read! Program seeks to equip children ages 2-4 with early literacy skills that will enable them to enter school with confidence. The program started this month, January 2022, with all 14 library locations participating.
Studies show that early literacy development strongly correlates to later school achievement. For this reason, EBRPL Children’s Services has developed the Press Start! program to ensure its youngest patrons get off to a good start and continue to reap the benefits once they reach school-age and beyond.
Each month, parents and caregivers may stop by any library children’s room to pick up a booklet that focuses on beginning literacy concepts that can be incorporated into their daily routines. The tips and activities in these booklets are designed for use with things already found around the house without the need to buy anything.
The booklets are full of fun activities that the children will enjoy while learning basic concepts that build a firm foundation for math and reading. Each monthly booklet will feature a new letter, number, color or concept, while also building on the previous month’s concepts. Families may start the program at any time. Current and past booklets will be provided, while supplies last.
EBRPL’s Children’s Services Coordinator, Tara Dearing, commented, “Our Children’s departments at each library branch will also highlight these concepts through decorative displays, book displays, and programs each month. In fact, each month will be ‘brought to you’ by a new letter, color or concept.”
January 2022 is brought to you by the circle, the letter A and the number 1. When young patrons visit the Main Library at Goodwood, they may be excited to see a stuffed Mike the Tiger wearing a circular medallion with a “1” upon it and a rabbit proudly arrayed with the letter “A.”