The Community Foundation of the Ozarks selected The Library Foundation to receive a $5,000 matching challenge grant, so every dollar donated up to $5,000 will be doubled. Here’s how you can help: Go to the Give Ozarks website, GiveOzarks.org, anytime from 12:01 a.m. to midnight Tuesday, May 5. Click “View Agencies” and “The Library Foundation.” Click “Donate Now” and make a gift of any size. Your donation will double the $5,000 matching grant for the Library Foundation’s Annie Busch Early Literacy Fund, which provides early literacy programs to get children ready to learn to read when they start school. Or, make a designated gift anytime before May 5 to The Library Foundation, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO, 65810, or call Valerie Richardson at 417-616-0586.
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The Annie Busch Fund for Early Literacy, named in honor of former Library Director Annie Busch, supports the Library’s many early literacy programs. Last year the Library provided 1,657 early literacy trainings for 3,565 parents and gave away 6,183 free books. These programs encourage families to read together at home and teach parents to help their children be ready to read when they enter kindergarten. Your gift to the Annie Busch Fund for Early Literacy supports trainings like these and special projects like the new Racing to Read initiative.
Donate online today. Simply note “Early Literacy Fund” on the gift form.
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.”