Raising a Reader Baby Shower April 23

Raising a Reader Baby Shower April 23

April 18, 2017 | Youth Services

Helping parents raise a generation of readers is the goal of the library’s April 23 baby shower!

The annual Raising a Reader Baby Shower takes place on Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Washington Avenue Branch at 161 Washington Avenue.

The free event is for expectant parents, new parents, and parents of preschool-age children—and their offspring. Adults learn tips and tools to make reading fun, and also access parenting resources from local organizations. Children enjoy stories, crafts, and active play. The shower also features activities and giveaways, refreshments, shower games and prizes, and a free book. 

At the shower, parents will also learn about the Raising a Reader early literacy initiative. This free self-paced program is available at all branches encourages parents to read to children ages five and younger. The goal is for each participant to read at least 1,000 books to his or her children before they start kindergarten. This prepares children to read on their own and helps strengthen their vocabulary and language skills.

Through the APL Raising a Reader program, parents track the number of books they read to their children (even if the same book is repeated) and return tracking sheets to the library in exchange for prizes. The early literacy program also provides parents with tips for reading to babies and young children, as well as book suggestions. APL librarians are also available to help parents in their efforts to raise readers.

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is APL's public information officer, and manages the library's communications, public relations, and marketing efforts. No, she isn't a librarian, but feels as if she's among her people here at the library.