New push to get kids reading in March

Posted at 9:12 AM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 09:12:33-04

Does your child love to crack open a book? Either way, your local library is working to get young eyes on the page this March - "Reading Month."

"Hey, you are welcome at the library, there's a lot here to offer," says Julie Chrisinske, the Head Librarian at the Williamston Branch Library.

Capital Area District Libraries are using some tech tools to get kids excited about literacy. You will now find special Ipads in the children's section at your local library.

"You can see we have different, five different apps under the reading folder," says Chrisinske.

Good news for parents, no need to go out and buy a ton of new books and games. You can check out "Raising Reader" backpacks, just like you would a book.

Based on a theme like dance or dinosaurs, you'll find books, toys, music and more inside.

"The one I have here is the 'down on the farm' theme, very popular," says Chrisinske.

All the backpacks come with a tip sheet, so parents can get the most out of them.

It's an effort to get everyone, especially young kids, reading, because there is such a strong connection between strong reading skills and high school graduation rates.

"There is so much that can be done at an early age to, to build your child up, make them feel confident, be able to process information."

It's simple, no matter what your child is interested in, get reading.

Today Curious George himself will be at the Williamston Library for story time at 10:30 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to register ahead of time.

At the Leslie library on Thursday at 11:15 a.m., book character "Little Critter" will be on hand.

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