Recent statistics show that 29% of Ohio 4th graders fail to achieve basic levels of reading achievement. However, reading and writing skills that are developed from birth through age 5 have a clear and positive impact on later literacy skills.
The Central Library and East Branch provide vital literacy services to children – infants through adolescence – throughout the year. Through story times for children five years old and under, we introduce the pre-literacy skills necessary for kindergarten readiness, and work with parents and caregivers to continue practicing those skills at home. As these youngsters grow, we maintain our commitment through summer reading and other special programs that combine literacy with hands-on activities that are appealing to school-age children.
In 2013, area businesses, families and individuals came together to support children’s programming in a big way. As a result, we experienced outstanding participation in many of our programs. The Central Library reached more than 2,800 children and young adults in 107 programs. The East Branch reached 385 youth in 38 programs.
Your support is vital in helping us continue our goal. We hope you will consider becoming our partner in literacy by making a monetary contribution to the Children’s Department at the Central Library or for children’s programming at the East Branch in Walnut Creek. Your contribution will help sustain these vital programs for our patrons.
In addition to programming support, you may wish to contribute towards needed items for the children’s area at both library locations.
Donations will be used to enhance programming and services for children county-wide. Please indicate if your contribution is for the Children’s Department or East Branch. Your organization will be publicly recognized for your contribution through our website, social media and in the library. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Together we are transforming lives and making a difference for the children of Holmes County – but without you, it wouldn’t be possible. Thank you so much for your support!
Below is a link to our 2013 Summary of Activities and Accomplishments thanks to contributions by donors.