County Library Hosts Interactive Workshops for Early Literacy


Mari_ReadsIn the United Sates, 35% of students enter school without the skills necessary to learn to read and 1 out of 5 students in the United States is reading-impaired by the time they reach 4th grade (Carnegie Foundation of New York; U.S. Department of Education). The San Diego County Library is now working with First 5 San Diego to offer Discovery Workshops as part of the Every Child Ready to Read Program.

The Discovery Workshops will teach caregivers of children between the ages 0 and 5 how to incorporate early literacy skills into everyday activities. Caregivers are encouraged to bring their babies/children to the workshops, as many of the activities are interactive.

The first workshop series will be held at the El Cajon Library (201 E Douglas Ave) on Thursdays, Aug. 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 10-11 a.m. Registration is not required.

Every Child Ready to Read is a program that provides the information and resources for schools and libraries to teach caregivers about early literacy skills. Attending the workshop will provide vital information, such as the five simple practices to develop language and pre-reading skills. The program was developed and reviewed by Dr. Susan Neuman and Dr. Donna Celano, leading educators and researchers in the field of early literacy.

The following branches will also be hosting the workshop series in upcoming months. Please contact the branch for specific information (click here for branch information)