Library receives mini-grant to continue ‘One Book, Every Young Child’ program

The James V. Brown Library is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.

The funds will allow the library to participate in the 2015 Pennsylvania “One Book, Every Young Child” program, which highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages 3 to 6. Lycoming County preschool-age children who participate in the program get a free hardcover copy of the selected book.

“Because it is important for children to be prepared for school, the PA One Book program provides tips for adults on reading aloud, telling stories, sharing and talking about books as well as providing simple but fun activities to do with preschoolers,” said Barbara McGary, executive director of the library. “The library understands that parents are a child’s first teachers so we want to grow readers together, building a stronger foundation for the future of our children through the power of books.”

The library seeks to provide a book for every child under 5 years old in Lycoming County so they can begin to build a home library. The funds also would provide a “big book” for classroom reading in the 33 preschool and child care facilities served by the library’s Storymobile and Bookmobile outreach programs.

The program takes place in April and books are distributed to celebrate the National Week of the Young Child.

“With these grant funds, we hope to increase family literacy, which means that families not only have the abilities to read to their children, but when they read they can make the stories come alive,” McGary said. “They can use sound effects and ask the children questions as they read. The goal is to provide learning experiences that support the development of pre-literacy and pre-reading skills of young children and augment the educational experiences of school-age children.”