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‘Snuggle up with Peter Rabbit’ at the library

Middlesex County Public Library has announced it is participating in “Snuggle Up with Peter Rabbit,” a winter reading program sponsored by the Library of Virginia. This is the second year that the Library of Virginia is offering a winter reading program. For more than two decades the state library has sponsored the hugely popular summer reading program in the state’s public libraries. The winter program is designed to instill a love of reading in young children by having the child’s parent or other special adult read to them. 

Libraries participating in the winter reading program have received reading logs, activity sheets with suggestions for helping children develop reading skills, posters, bookmarks, and certificates of participation from the Library of Virginia. The materials are available in both English and Spanish. 

Reading to children lays the framework for future literacy. A study, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, found young children who had been read aloud to were more likely to enjoy reading. Language and literacy skills were both improved by parents reading to children. The benefits also continued throughout the school years, the research found.

“Reaching out to parents about the importance of reading to young children is critical to ensuring that Virginia’s children have the early experiences with language that translates into success when a child enters school,” said Sandra G. Treadway, Librarian of Virginia. “The use of Beatrix Potter’s beloved Peter Rabbit as this winter’s theme ensures that Snuggle Up with Peter Rabbit will engage both parents and children in reading in the many programs and activities offered by the state’s public libraries.”

The Snuggle Up with Peter Rabbit winter reading program builds on the special relationship public librarians have with children and the adults who bring them to the library. The desired outcome of the program is the creation of communities where children are ready to learn when they attend kindergarten.

The artwork for this program is used with permission from Frederick Warne & Co..

For more information about special programs at the Middlesex County Public Library, call 758-5717 or 776-7362.

posted 02.03.2010

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