AS PART OF THE GOVERNOR’S EDUCATION FOR A LIFETIME INITIATIVE, LIBRARY HOSTS FAMILY LITERACY FUN DAY TO HELP PARENTS AND CHILDREN
Norfolk, VA (May 5, 2005) - Early Childhood Literacy begins with parents. On Monday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Norfolk Public Library will host a Family Literacy Fun Day in recognition of this fact. The program, held at Kirn Memorial Library in downtown Norfolk, is part of the Governor’s Education for a Lifetime Initiative.
Family Literacy Fun Day participants will enjoy interactive activities that promote reading and learning as a family. Through storytelling, readers’ theater, crafts, and story writing, parents will discover enjoyable ways to help their children develop critical literacy skills. They will also discover how reading together and talking about what they’ve read can strengthen family ties and help children become better readers and learners.
Current research has proven that parents play a critical role in a child’s ability to develop language and early literacy skills beginning at birth. Family Literacy Fun Day is one example of the programs that Norfolk Public Library offers parents. In an effort to support parents, Norfolk Public Library has developed an array of early literacy programs to help parents become their child’s first and most important teacher. These programs include:Parents, caregivers, and teachers from Coronado School and Stuart Early Family Literacy program will attend, in addition to walk-ins. Eunice Jones, a retired Library employee turned professional storyteller, will conduct the program.
Kirn Memorial Library is located at 301 East City Hall Avenue. Library patrons should park in the MacArthur Center South garage and bring their ticket to the library to receive validation for three free hours of parking. For more information on the Family Literacy Fun Day or on one of the early literacy programs listed above, visit the library’s web site at www.npl.lib.va.us or call the Library’s Youth Services Department 664-7323 ext. 43748. All library programs are free and open to the public.
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