Seven award-winning children’s books are coming to life at the Midland County Centennial Library.
Midland County Public Libraries’ Director, John Trischitti, says this larger-than-life exhibit encompasses exactly what they value most: the connection between literacy and interactive learning. He says fostering love for reading at an early age is crucial.
“Reading is the building block upon what all other successes are built,” explained Trischitti. “Without the early literacy skills, without your literacy development being at grade level or above, it puts you behind academically.”
This exhibit utilizes six pre-reading skills defined by the Public Library Foundation and Association for Library Service to Children: disposition to read, print awareness, letter knowledge, sound awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills and comprehension. Trischitti says developing these skills help set a strong foundation for literacy.
“Your early toddlers, your ‘just beginning’ readers, there’s letter identification, number identification, there’s a lot of early childhood manipulatives and interactives. But then each component is based upon a classic children’s book,” ssid Trischitti.
A mother of two boys, Leiken Finch, says even though her toddlers are still too young for school, public exhibits like this are a great way to get a jump start.
“You don’t get these things anywhere else, I guess. So I’m glad that they offer things for the kids and things that we can come do with our kids,” said Finch.