Manitowoc Public Library to Host a Morning of Literacy for Littles with "Ready to Read”

The following article was written by Manitowoc Public Library Youth Services Manager Sharon Verbeten.

Reading. Writing. Talking. Singing. Playing.

More than just things we do [almost!] everyday, these five practices are the building blocks of early literacy—in layman’s terms, it’s the way kids learn to read! And, contrary to what many people think, it’s much more than just reading books or listening to stories. It’s about the everyday things parents do to help foster a child’s knowledge and love of words, sounds, books, and reading.

That’s why Manitowoc Public Library is hosting “Ready to Read: An Early Literacy Event,” taking place Saturday, March 2, at 10 AM. Parents with children ages 5 and under are welcome to drop into the Balkansky Community Room any time between 10 AM and Noon for dozens of playtime activities created just for littles. In addition to storytime and dramatic play stations, we’ll also feature activities to help toddlers and preschoolers with coloring and writing their name, as well as rhyming games, sensory table, music and more. The free event celebrates “Read Across America Day” and commemorates Dr. Seuss’s birthday! And while the Cat in the Hat won’t be able to put in an appearance at MPL that day, Pete the Cat (from our favorite storybooks) will be making a special appearance!

Representatives from local community agencies that serve children and families will also be present to answer questions, share their resources, and assist with the activities.

While books are often the forefront of what the Library does, this event will celebrate the things parents can do every day to help their kids. Things like:

  • Naming colors of fruits and veggies at the grocery store
  • Counting the cars in a parking lot
  • Singing the ABC song in the car
  • Pointing Out birds and animals on a walk.

Our kids—they’re only young once. So, give them the best possible start at success! Have fun while learning at this morning of literacy for littles!

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