In August we introduced you to Karen Guccione-Englert, the Library Foundation’s new Extension Services Specialist.
As a former Reading Specialist and Special Education teacher, she brings a wealth of knowledge to our children’s literacy initiatives and has a passion for making the ability to read a reality for everyone. Today we share Karen’s thoughts on the importance of getting kids Ready to Read and how, together, we can make it happen.
How do we get our young friends Ready to Read?
Ready to Read is a new early-literacy focused program sponsored by the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation and is committed to ensuring every child is equipped with the tools necessary to read successfully in kindergarten. Through volunteer engagement and active partnerships with community-focused organizations Ready to Read will empower a generation of young readers. In addition, Ready to Read educates the community on the many services available within the library district to support families in becoming life-long readers.
The Ready to Read program depends on volunteers committed to our young readers. We are always looking for patron partners to deliver our Early Literacy Kits, maintain our Mini-Libraries, host Book Donation Events, and provide sponsorship. Most important, we need your voice to champion our cause as we work to raise awareness about the importance of early literacy and the role parents play as their child’s first teacher.
Helping our young children is more important than ever before. Studies show children who fall behind in school stay behind and their struggles continue long after graduation, impacting their ability to gain employment and fully participate in the community. We can make a positive change and break intergenerational struggles with programs like Ready to Read. By working with family units and partner agencies such as Youth In Need, Crisis Nursery, Parents as Teachers (PAT), Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service and many more, we are taking a stand against childhood illiteracy. The Ready to Read program and the Library Foundation are excited to invest in our next generation of readers.