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Kids, Parents Invited to Rollout of Early Learning Stations and Toys May 5

Children and families are invited to have some fun at each of the branch libraries all day Thursday, May 5, when the library rolls out the new Racing to Read project. There will also be drawings for free books for families that attend.

Racing to Read is a library program that encourages play and talk between parents and children to teach little ones the skills they need to be prepared for kindergarten. Early learning stations are at the Library Center, Library Station, and the Republic, Brentwood and Midtown Carnegie branches. The other branches will include many of the same toys and activities

The activities encourage imagination, conversation and exploration – all essential for children to be open to learning.

“Reading, talking and playing are fun, easy and valuable ways parents can help their young children learn,” said district youth services coordinator Nancee Dahms-Stinson.

“Playing is the foundation for learning for children, and when it’s paired with parental interaction, its value is immeasurable,” Nancee said.

The youth services staff is developing Racing to Read through generous grants from the Rotary Club of Springfield, Rotary Club District 6080, the Library Foundation and the Missouri Parent Information Resource Center Southwest.

The library will continue building on Racing to Read with parenting workshops and more activities in the future.

“Each time you visit the Library, you and your child will find something new and delightful to discover and explore,” Nancee added. “The learning part is up to you and your child; the library is your resource.”

Kathleen O’Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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