Tammy Buckman presents a check to Kathy Anderson in the amount of $500 to help aid in early reading encouragement.

The Friends of Monroe City Public Library received a $500 donation to help aide in the sponsorship for early reading encouragement. Parents as Teachers Director Tammy Buckman presented the check on December 2, President Kathy Anderson. Buckman shared, “I applied and received the grant through the Monroe City R-1 Educational Foundation.” Buckman shared, “Parents as Teachers currently have 20 families enrolled in the program, and each child is enrolled in the Friends of Monroe City Public Library sponsorship to receive a new book each year.”

Kathy Anderson, President of Friends of Monroe City Public Library stated, “This program is to encourage parents to read to their children. Reading is so important in brain development. We also hope it encourages parents to utilize their local library with their children.”

Anderson explained, parents can register their children to take part in the program and the program will be available as long as there are funds available. Any parent interested in signing their child up will be able do so at the Monroe City Library, the Monroe City R-1 Elementary or the Holy Rosary School.

Anyone interested in pledging a donation in any amount will help sponsor a child. Anderson stated, “This would be the perfect Christmas gift for grandparents or parents to give their children.” A sponsorship costs $25 and will cover a child to receive a book per month for one year. The child, after enrolled, will then receive one book per month until the age of five. The organization participatges in this program through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.

Learning to read is a process much like learning to speak or learning to walk. The process begins at birth. Children associate sounds with emotions. They must learn how a book works by someone reading left to right and watching them turn the pages. The children associate pictures with words. These are all steps along the way to learning to read. There is ample research to support early literacy, yet common sense tells us most of what we need to know. The key to success in school and beyond is developing proficient reading skills. One of the most important things a parent can do to develop these skills is to read with their child as much as possible.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library can send donations to: Friends of Monroe City Public Library, 109 Second Street, Monroe City, MO 63456. For more information contact Kathy Anderson at (573)822-0700. The Friends of Monroe City Public Library is a 501(c)3 non-for-profit organization.

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