April Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the April 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The April activities were compiled by the staff at the Deer Run Branch in O’Fallon. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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IMAGINE the Possibilities.

GALApromoForSPWith great pleasure we invite you to the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation’s first-ever IMAGINE Gala & Auction on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Ameristar Casino, Resort and Spa. Providing an experience that brings the mission of the Library Foundation to life, the IMAGINE Gala & Auction will highlight literacy as a vital component of our community. Proceeds will support the Take 20 and Read initiative and Ready to Read and Books to You programs. Watch our video to learn more about these vital programs. Visit our website www.stchlibraryfoundation.org to purchase tickets and get details on sponsorship opportunities.
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Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
6:00 PM – 10 PM
Location: Ameristar Casino, Resort & Spa
1 Ameristar Blvd.
St. Charles, MO 63301

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March Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the March 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The March activities were compiled by the staff at the Kathryn Linnemann Branch in St. Charles. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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Community Partnership Gives Readers The Chill!

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Success has a simple foundation: Reading. The Library Foundation thinks so, and so does our very own St. Charles Chill professional hockey team! The Chill organization has partnered with us to promote our Take 20 and Read campaign for literacy and shares our belief that a community of strong readers is a strong community.

The Chill hockey players have taken the pledge and you can too! Take the pledge to spend 20 minutes (or more) reading each day. Read for yourself, read with your children, and let your children read to you. Together we can improve literacy in our community.

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Taking the pledge is not just good for your brain, but it also has its rewards!  Library Foundation fans and Take 20 and Read participants can take advantage of an exclusive offer to see the St. Charles Chill play the Allen American’s on Sunday March 9th. Purchase your lower level tickets for just $10 (regular price $15)! Call 636-724-SHOT (7468) to order tickets at the Library Foundation rate! 

The puck drops at 4:05pm at The Family Arena. In addition to exciting Chill hockey, fans can Chuck-A-Puck to benefit the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation that night. Our volunteers will sell foam pucks for $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00 through the end of the second period. During the second intermission, fans will throw their numbered pucks at targets for a chance to win cash and other prizes. Each puck you chuck benefit’s the Foundation’s Take 20 and Read campaign for literacy!

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Learn more about Take 20 and Read and take the pledge at www.take20andread.org.
Take 20 and READ…Enriching Lives. Improving Literacy. Engaging Community.

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February Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the February 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The February activities were compiled by the staff at the Middendorf-Kredell Branch in O’Fallon. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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January Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the January 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The January activities were compiled by the staff at the McClay Road Branch in St. Charles. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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Get Engaged Over Winter Break!

OnceUponTimeWinter break is here! As schools release students for much-earned time off, we hope that you can enjoy some relaxing family time together during this season of holiday hustle and bustle. While this is a great break from school, it’s not a great break from learning.

Reading is a great way to spend this time! Teachers can attest that while time off from the classroom can refresh students, it also creates a learning slide in which children forget some of what they learned in the school year. Time spent reading keeps your child’s brain engaged and stimulated over break. The Library Foundation encourages everyone to read at least 20 minutes each day. It’s a great way to spend time together during the holidays and throughout the year.

Have fun reading as a family. Have your child read to you. Create a story together. Use the early literacy calendar for activities that are simple and fun. These literacy-rich activities foster language development and comprehension to help children build on what they learn in school. Daily reading is especially important for young children and school-age youth because just 20 minutes of reading can place a child in the 90th percentile. When compared to a student who reads five minutes or less each day falling into the 50th percentile or lower, the impact of reading is evident (see info-graphic).

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Reading over break will keep kids prepared for the daily learning routine of the classroom and allows them to start fresh in the New Year when school resumes. You can even make it official by taking our Take 20 and Read pledge for daily reading as your family’s new year’s resolution! Visit the library to select some great titles and snuggle up to enjoy some warm, cozy book time during winter break. Read together to help your child start 2014 ready to learn!

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