In our age of technology, early literacy has never been more important. It’s why Ohio libraries and IMLS promote summer reading programs and other literacy initiatives around the state.
You may already know summer reading programs at libraries help prevent summer slide, where low-income families lose up to two months of reading ability over the summer. But did you know library summer reading programs have been proven to prevent summer slide? An estimated 1.6 million Ohioans participated in such summer reading programs and activities at their libraries in 2016.
Here are a few more IMLS funded programs aimed at helping all children increase their opportunities and achieve their dreams:
- Early literacy efforts for mothers and their children in a community recovering from economic downturn: Stark County District Library
- Family activities to aid in the development of children’s reading, language, and social skills: Columbus Metropolitan Library
- Developing interactive programs for young children that will impact early childhood literacy: OCLC Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)
- Align educational resources in Toledo to address the learning needs of young children and emphasize family engagement in education: Imagination Station Toledo