WPL is pleased to announce it is the beneficiary of a $6,000 donation from Postmedia’s Raise-A-Reader campaign. The Raise-A-Reader campaign exists to empower today’s children and families with tools to improve their reading skills. 100% of all funds raised through Raise-A-Reader activities go to the literacy community.
On Thursday, September 26, 2013, all across Windsor and Essex County, more than 350 volunteers, local celebrities, elected officials, community leaders, beneficiaries, and sponsors joined The Windsor Star team to exchange special editions of The Windsor Star for donations.
“At Windsor Public Library, we recognize reading skills provide the foundation for a lifetime of learning which in turn significantly affects the quality of life of children, their families and their communities,” says Acting CEO Chris Woodrow. “We’re pleased once again to volunteer alongside The Windsor Star team as well as benefit from its generous Raise-A-Reader donation.”
WPL will use the Raise-A-Reader donation to purchase book club kits, produce facilitator guide books and distribute promotional materials. The kits will be geared toward 8-10 year olds and 11-14 year olds and will include six copies of popular, appropriately-leveled children’s books as well as discussion questions and reading tips, packaged in book bags for portability. An adult facilitator will lead weekly hour-long sessions in which children will have the opportunity to practice their reading comprehension skills in a group setting.
“Many parents want their children to be involved in a literacy program that exposes them to reading and comprehension, especially newcomers who may not feel fluent enough in English to help their own children,” says Marne Noestheden, WPL Book Buddy Coordinator. “In an effort to reduce waiting times, a group-type meeting will be an excellent alternative to the one-on-one approach currently utilized in the Book Buddy Program. Having group book club sessions will serve the average student as well as reduce our Book Buddy waiting list.”
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