As the twig is bent, the tree inclines.
Its hard to tell who enjoys the
Friends of the Library Daycare Reading Program more, our volunteer readers or the children
enraptured by the stories. The mission of our
visits is to promote the fun of reading in the preschool children of Boone County and to
encourage our wee ones to ask their parents and caregivers to read to them. At the same time our readers also invite our newest
generation to visit the Boone County Library with their families and take its wonderful
stories and adventures home to enjoy.
How the program works:
Each prospective reader is partnered with a
preschool or daycare center in Boone County and a once monthly day and time is agreed
upon. Shortly prior to the reading the
volunteer reader visits the Boone County Library and selects an age appropriate assortment
of books from a Friends of the Library collection located in the childrens
department on the second floor. The reader
chooses approximately 3 to 5 books to read plus enough additional books for each of the
children to read to themselves after the reading. Normally
we read as long as the stories hold the childrens attention, anywhere between 15 and
45 minutes. The extra books are then handed
out and the children read their own book for about 10 or 15 minutes. The reader then collects, counts and returns the
books to the library at the earliest convenience. Excluding
the trips to and from the library, the whole reading takes less than an hour per month.
If you are interested in learning
more about our reading program, or would like to join our group of readers, please
contact the FOL at "fol at folbc dot org" (changing the "at" to "@"
and the "dot" to ".").