On Monday, November 4th the Dubuque City Council will proclaim November as “Dubuque Family Literacy Month” and recognize:
- From birth to age 5, a child’s brain develops more than any other time in life.
- Parents, a child’s first teacher, play an important role in helping to build a child’s literacy and vocabulary.
- As their child’s first teacher, parents also lay the foundation for their child’s education and life success.
- Children and families benefit from shared learning at home and in the community.
- The community of Dubuque has a history of commitment to children’s and family literacy.
Together, we recognize the important role families play in the education of their children. The Carnegie-Stout Library offers books, programming, and resources to families to support opportunities for families to learn together, including:
Raising Readers Learning Backpacks
Backpacks are filled with high quality learning materials, books and activities for families to use with their children. Each backpack has a theme and activity guides that support key recommendations for learners birth through 8 years old.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Reading together is one of the best ways to build literacy skills and strong relationships. This program invites families to read 1000 books together before their child enters kindergarten. Families track their reading in a log, collect prizes, and earn a free book and certificate when they reach 1000 books!
This program began in Dubuque and is now a state-wide picture book award. Families and caregivers are invited to read 10 selected book nominees with their children and submit their votes for the best “read aloud” book. Books nominated for 2020 are currently posted on the award website and voting begins on February 1, 2020.
The library regularly offers Storytime for infants, toddlers and preschoolers to join with their favorite adult. Other exciting programs include Reading with Rover, Book Bingo, concerts, Pokémon Club, Creative Kids, Baby Builders Block Party, Saturday Cartoons, and more!
November Family Literacy Calendar
This calendar includes a month full of ideas for families to learn together in November. Check it out HERE.
Family Literacy Month isn’t just for parents and children, any caring adult in the community can get involved!
- Reach out to a child in your life and invite them to choose a book to read together.
- Donate a book to the library that will be distributed to kids and families locally.
- Bring a child in your life to the library for one of the exciting programs and to check out books together.
- Be a model – show children how you enjoy reading books, magazines, or the newspaper for pleasure. Talk to them about what you are reading and why you enjoy it.
- Like and follow the library Facebook page and Instagram page to stay up to date and get connected to library programs.
The Carnegie-Stout Library has been a partner of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading since its launch in Dubuque in 2012. The library supports summer learning through its own Summer Reading Program – which encourages children to read throughout the summer months, as well as through partnerships and programming with other community organizations during the summer. The library also supports school readiness through partnerships with other community organizations to promote literacy beginning at birth, as well as through the extensive community literacy resources and supports.
Thank you to the Carnegie-Stout Library for all you do for the children and families of Dubuque!