Kids Read in Grimes, Iowa
It’s incredible the amount of research that has gone into supporting the benefits of reading to children. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, and bond with caretakers. It also enhances their imagination, improves their grammar and writing skills, expands their vocabulary, builds independence and self-confidence, and leads to future academic success.
The Grimes Public Library shows their great love of books and our community’s kiddos by offering a number of children-focused programs, ranging from all ages, within the library. They facilitate Story Times, starting as early as 0-18 months up to ages 3-5, offer ongoing reading incentives such as “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” and Summer Reading Programs, as well as make “early literacy kits” available for check-out.
After a while of thinking about it, I finally posted to a Mom Facebook Group inquiring into an existing “Book Club” for early elementary aged students (as my oldest daughter is a first grader and my youngest will be entering Kindergarten next year). After learning that nothing was in place from other local parents and my daughter’s first-grade teacher, I reached out to the Grimes Public Library to see if they were offering a Club for this age group. Long story short, the answer was “no”. But, that didn’t stay the answer for long. Literally, in that same conversation, this inquiry turned into the pilot of a new program called “Kids Read” offered once a month for one hour for K-2 graders. Have I mentioned The Grimes Public Library’s love for books and our community’s kiddos? They are simply awesome!
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”– Dr. Seuss
The first “Kids Read” was held on Saturday, February 9th in the library’s meeting room. A total of 9 K-2 graders showed up to the first “Book Club”, with several others regretfully stating they were unable to attend but hopeful to make the next one. These young readers read aloud, discussed their story of the month, and completed a fun activity (with a snack). “That was so fun!” and “I loved it!” echoed out the door as these young people greeted their rides. FUN & LOVE … Yes! Those are exactly the words we hope our children will associate with reading.
The next “Kids Read” will be held on Saturday, March 2nd @ 1 p.m.
The Grimes Public Library and I would love to see your young reader there! This month, the clubbers are encouraged to read any Cam Jansen or young Cam Jansen short chapter book (written by David A. Adler) prior to attending. There is a variety from this series available at GPL. Ask any librarian to help you locate them.
10 Ways to Become a Better Reader: read, READ, Read, read, ReAd, READ, Read, rEaD, read, READ!
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