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Early Childhood Literacy: Our Continuing Focus

Nov 192015

For more than 200 years, a focus for America's public libraries has been early childhood literacy and lifelong learning.

It seems almost too simple to be true, but by regularly reading with children during their preschool years, you are giving them a headstart toward a successful education. With this in mind, your library, with funding from the Westerville Library Foundation, has joined hands with the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, an international program.

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From left: Sondra Kowaluk, Westerville Library Foundation (WLF) president; Lynda Huey, WLF member; Don W. Barlow, Library executive director; Becky Rhubottom, WLF secretary; Ron Barrett, WLF treasurer; Deanna McDaniel, Library board president; and Paul Longenecker, WLF vice-president.

We will help you read with your child by mailing an age-appropriate book directly to your home under your child's name. A book will be sent each month from the Imagination Library organization to registered children under the age of five who reside in the library district (same boundaries as the Westerville City School district).

Each month, your child will look forward to a new and exciting book arriving in the mailbox, until he or she reaches the age of five. Each book is a free gift for your child to keep.

Registration begins at a special kick-off event at the library on January 9. Books will begin to arrive eight to ten weeks following registration.

Join us by getting on board the Imagination Library train.

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