Now that students in third grade must pass the state mandated IREAD-3 assessment, reading has become even more important both in and out of the classroom and other agencies are trying to step up efforts to help children and families gain more access to books and other reading materials.
Lori Osmon, children’s librarian at the Washington Carnegie Public Library said that summer brings in more families to get books but she hopes that will change.
“Summer is the busiest time but in the winter I think families become more dependent on teachers and schools to get reading materials to their children but we do have several that come in for story time and other programs we have.”
The Washington library offers a variety of children’s books and a selection of books for youth that are in Spanish as well as bilingual book.
“With the bilingual books, the books can be read in their native language as well as in English,” said Osmon.
For reader’s that struggle the library also offers several books on tape or CD so that students can listen as they follow along with the book. The library staff can also help parents choose books for the Accelerated Reader program. “We can help parents find books for their students in the correct reading level,” said Osmon.
Parents and guardians who want to get a jump start on their child’s reading can also participate in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The program offers incentives to keep parents reading to their children and is offered for children from birth until age five who have a Washington public library card.
Parents are given a reading record from the library to keep track of books.
A program similar to 1,000 Books is also available for school age children and the library keeps a log of the child’s books as well.
Incentives are also given when the child completes a log.
For more information on the programs for children offered at the Washington Carnegie Public Library, contact the library at 254-4586.
Additional information on the Hoosier Reading Family program and myOn can be obtained by visiting www.doe.in.gov/improvement/hoosier-family-readers .