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Family Literacy Month

Wheelock College Library: Family Literacy Month

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Family Literacy Month


November is Family Literacy Month

Governor Patrick issued a Proclamation declaring November 2010 to be Family Literacy Month in Massachusetts. Family Literacy Month is an opportunity to support children of all ages in out-of-school learning, engage parents in supporting their children's education, and engage community partners in supporting and celebrating lifelong learning and family well-being.

Here are some ways to encourage inter-generational family reading.

  • Know the child’s reading abilities. A child’s teacher or reading specialist can assess a child's ability. A librarian can make recommendations on age-appropriate books.
  • Set aside time for reading. Designate a time of day when family members can read for pleasure. Make reading a part of the family routine.
  • Make reading special. Children should feel as if having a book is special. Help them create a space for storing their books.
  • Use the local library. One of the best resources for families starting a reading tradition is the access to their community's library. Libraries also offer story hours and other fun literacy activities. Make visits to your library a routine activity.

Be sure to stop and look at the library’s display case! The staff compiled a few of their favorite books and shared reading memories to celebrate this month.

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