Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Baby Geniuses at the Library

Either I'm getting older or the stars popping up in the news these days are getting younger. Take, for example, the recent Birmingham News article and video clip about babies as young as five-months-old being introduced to the joys of reading at the Avondale Public Library.

Librarians and educators are working to get books into the hands of babies and children, some even before they leave the maternity ward, with programs such as Born to Read, Imagination Library, and Reach Out and Read. Birmingham Public Library is doing its part by making libraries more inviting to parents and children. Avondale and Springville Road Libraries have been designated as Family Place Libraries, and there are plans to expand this national reading initiative to the North Birmingham and Five Points West Libraries in the fall.

BPL's Literacy and Outreach Coordinator Janine Langston speaks about the importance of introducing young children to the library

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