The American Library Association reminds us that early literacy “does not mean early reading instruction or teaching babies to read; it is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between babies and parents, and the critical role of literacy-rich experiences.” With this important lesson in mind, the Sherman Center is pleased to partner with the Judy Centers at Lakeland and Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle Schools to launch the “Families, Libraries, and Early Literacy Project” (Early Literacy Project).
The goal of the Early Literacy Project is to introduce the Judy Centers’ parents and caretakers of young children (birth-3) to the wonderful services and resources available to them through the Enoch Pratt Free Library system, and facilitate their regular use of the system to promote their children’s language and literacy development. In addition to encouraging families’ use of the library to create literacy rich home environments, the Sherman Center provides families with choices of books from its diverse books project to enhance their personal collection of beloved stories.
Four times per year, staff at the Sherman Center, Lakeland and Curtis Bay Judy Centers, and the Brooklyn branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library meet with families at community-based locations to share books and information, develop materials, and model activities to promote early literacy and young children’s love of reading.
Lakeland Judy Center participants at the Lakeland STEAM Center event:
Curtis Bay Judy Center participants at the Enoch Pratt Library, Brooklyn Branch event: