November is Family Literacy Month!
In 1985, Becoming a Nation of Readers reported that the “single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children [and that this] practice should continue throughout the grades.” Since 1985, technology has forever transformed the way we live, but one thing has not changed at all: reading test scores. Reading successes have not increased because technology has improved. So what does this mean? Families are still the most important ingredient in growing a reader!
Wait, don’t schools grow readers? Research also shows that kids who start kindergarten with the largest vocabularies have the easiest time learning to read. In fact, the vocabulary gap starts to show up at the same time kids start learning to talk! Kids who are read to from birth have larger vocabularies and an easier time learning to read because there are so many new words in books. This means that families are the MAIN INGREDIENT in growing a reader! This month, renew your commitment to reading to your kids, even if they can already read on their own. The time you spend reading to and talking to your kids is the most important twenty minutes of your day!
Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving Card Drive
Celebrate Family Literacy Month at the Springfield City Library! Brighten Thanksgiving Day for a Meals on Wheels recipient by creating a beautiful greeting card. Ages 3-12. Drop in anytime during open hours at all library locations through November 20.
Make, Take, Play: Easy Homemade Toys
Libraries are not just places to borrow books – they are places for play and learning for all ages, even babies! With winter coming, come explore all your library has to offer to help those long days become short and full of fun.
Celebrate Family Literacy Month during November at the Springfield City Library by bringing your children ages 0-5 to Make, Take, Play: Easy Homemade Toys! Play with our toys, make some of your own to take home,* and learn how you can create even more simple, inexpensive toys. Stop by to enjoy playing, singing, talking, and more! For families with children ages 0-5.
*Materials provided while supplies last.
Stop by your branch on these dates:
- Brightwood, Thursday, November 6, 6-7:30 pm
- Central, Tuesday, November 4, 11:30 am-12:30 pm; Thursday, November 6, 10:30-11:30 am; Saturday, November 15, 2-3 pm
- East Forest Park,
Saturday, November 8, 11 am-12:30 pm
- East Springfield,
Wednesday, November 12, 6-7:30 pm
- Forest Park,
Saturday, November 15, 12:30-2 pm
- Indian Orchard,
Monday, November 10, 10-11:30 am
- Mason Square
Wednesday, November 19, 10:30 am-12 pm
- Sixteen Acres.
Saturday, November 8, 1-2:30 pm