Early literacy resource guide to be distributed free of charge to
thousands of families across Toronto, and to every public library in
TORONTO, March 26, 2013 /CNW/ - At a launch event for its new
publication, the Toronto Public Library today announced that it will be
widely distributing free copies of its new research-supported early
literacy resource, Let's Get Ready for Reading: a fun and easy guide to help kids become
readers. Through an ambitious plan - made possible through funding from the
Toronto Public Library Foundation, thanks to a generous donation by an
anonymous donor and support provided by the J.P. Bickell Foundation and
the Rotary Club of Toronto - thousands of families in Toronto will have
access to high quality research-based activities, resources, tips and
librarian-recommended reading lists that help build reading readiness
in children birth to five years old. Recognizing the critical role that
libraries play in building early literacy skills and cultivating a
lifelong love of reading, the Toronto Public Library is also providing
a free copy to every library branch of every public library system in
"Toronto Public Library is proud of this one-of-a-kind resource, and we
are thrilled to be able to put it into the hands of so many parents,
caregivers, educators and librarians across the city and province,"
said City Librarian Jane Pyper. "I would like to recognize the great
work of our Foundation and thank our donors, whose generosity and
commitment to the library make this publication possible".
The Let's Get Ready for Reading guide is available now to browse and borrow from all branches of Toronto Public
Library, and over the coming months it will be distributed for free
across Toronto to kindergartners, Ontario Early Years Centres,
city-funded literacy centres, Parenting and Family Literacy Centres and
licensed daycares, and to every public library in Ontario.
And through a partnership with Toronto Public Health, copies of Let's Get Ready for Reading will also be given this year to newborns and toddlers in Toronto via
programs for new parents. Free copies of the guide will also be given
to preschoolers who register for or renew a Toronto Public Library card
during an upcoming campaign, and through the Toronto Public Library's
community outreach programs.
Copies of the guide will be available for purchase at Toronto Public
Library branches across the city.
Let's Get Ready for Reading was developed for Ontario parents by Toronto Public Library children's
librarians, caregivers and educators, as they support early literacy in
children, birth to five. The guide was created to provide parents and
caregivers with a broad understanding of the important pre-literacy
skills that help develop reading readiness, and illustrates to them
that reading success - and later success in school - is achievable
through fun and easy everyday activities.
The guide contains:
Suggestions for fun, easy , everyday activities and games that foster
Librarian-recommended reading booklists
Tricks and resources to help get your child "ready for reading"
And much more!
"While the task might sound overwhelming at first to parents, it's the
simple and imaginative activities that are the blocks literacy success
and early childhood development are built on," said David Booth,
national literacy expert, children's author and professor emeritus at
the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of
Toronto. "Let's Get Ready for Reading's friendly, encouraging and accessible approach empowers parents and
caregivers. I'm delighted that copies can be found not only in public
libraries, but will be available in literacy centres, daycares, schools
and homes. This is a valuable tool that parents, caregivers and
educators should always have on hand."
The guide is part of Toronto Public Library's Ready for Reading set of free, high-quality early literacy programs, services and
resources, which are founded on extensive research, and which focus on
important principles and practices that foster reading readiness - the
essential skills for children before they learn to read.
Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
system. Every year, 19 million people visit our branches in
neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn
more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on
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The Toronto Public Library Foundation believes in the social benefits of
a strong and healthy public library system. As a registered charity,
the Foundation fosters relationships with people of vision to provide
Toronto's Library with improved and expanded collections, enhanced
programs and services, and revitalized community spaces.
SOURCE: Toronto Public Library
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