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Lee County Library Systems expands early literacy program

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Posted at 8:09 PM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-31 20:09:33-05

The Lee County Library System is expanding its early literacy programs for families.

The library says it has redesigned its "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program and has added a website section specifically for families with young children.

The library says the program comes as educators nationwide search for ways to reach young children before they start kindergarten.

“The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" program is more than a reading log,” said Amy-Jane McWilliam, Youth Services Coordinator. “As a parent tracks the books they read with their child, they also learn about the five early literacy practices of reading, writing, singing, playing and talking and the significance these practices have in their child’s start to school.”

The website for Early Literacy programs is for children up to the age of 5. The library says the program is flexible and self-paced, providing simple family activities to encourage the development of pre-reading and writing skills.

“The library’s long-range plan includes becoming a part of daily life in Lee County,” she said. “This starts by pairing with parents in the early days of their child’s growth and development to create a relationship that will continue through all stages of life.”

You can visit the website here.