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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dakota County Library launching childhood literacy campaign

More than 30 million adults in the United States can't read — but that can change for future generations. At Dakota County Library, we know that kids who read grow up to succeed. That's why we're launching Raise a Reader, a campaign to increase awareness of the importance of early childhood literacy.
 
Between 90 and 95 percent of children who are currently at risk of reading failure can still become fluent readers with intervention. Parents can come to Dakota County Library to find everything they need to raise a reader, starting with thousands of books and extending so much further. Our online resources, children's storytimes, and music and theater programs help children develop early literacy skills. We also have programs specifically for parents and caregivers to discover the five practices that prepare kids for learning to read — talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.
 
30 Ways to Raise a Reader
7–8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Wescott Library, 1340 Wescott Road, Eagan
 
Every Child Ready to Read
10 a.m.–noon Saturday, March 7, at Farmington Library, 508 Third St., Farmington
 
A workshop is also planned for parents and children to attend together.
 
Fun With Words
11 a.m.–noon Saturday, April 18, at Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Road, Hastings
 
We know reading is most enjoyable in a place where kids are comfortable, so we've updated all nine of our Library branches with brightly colored displays featuring inspiring characters that will encourage young minds to let their imaginations take them somewhere new with every book they dive into.
 
For more information, visit www.dakotacounty.us/library and search Raise a Reader.

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