Wednesday, February 06, 2013
District 2 County Commissioner Art De La Cruz, joined by library staff and grantees, celebrated the grand opening of the South Valley Library & Early Literacy Center on Feb. 6.
The center, funded by a grant from the Stocker Foundation and Lockheed Martin/Sandia Labs, is part of the Public Library Association's and the Association for Library Service to Children's "Every Child Ready to Read" program.
"Literacy creates the building blocks to educational success and is a cornerstone of our democracy - central to an informed community," said Commissioner De La Cruz. "It creates connections to people, places and ideas beyond one's immediate circumstance, strengthening imagination."
The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library system, and its librarians, provide the collections, resources and the support that familes need to assist young minds in being ready to read, and, more importantly, in beginning a lifelong habit of reading for pleasure and knowledge. The program is focused on children from birth to age five.
The addition of the Early Literacy Learning Center programs support the foundation of pre-reading and language enrichment skills crucial to a young child's cognitive and social development.
The "Every Child Ready to Read" programming will be fosterd and inspired by five learning areas - talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.
The grant proposal was written, and the program will be implemented, by Kathy Barco, Kimberly Bruna-Lewis and Linda Morgan Davis.
For more information on the Early Literacy Center call 311; and for more information on the "Every Child Ready to Read" program, visit www.everychildreadytoread.org.
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