SALISBURY, Md.- Directors from the Wicomico Public Library in downtown Salisbury are wrapping up a summer reading program designed to prepare children for success by developing early language skills.
Salisbury Youth Services Manager Barbara Graham said they had an awesome response in the program. More than 1,200 students signed up to read. She said reading prevents "summer slide."
" Research has found that if in the months where kids are off for the summer if they don't do any reading they will end up usually being worse off at the beginning of the next school year as far as reading goes," Graham said.
The Wicomico Public Library has a deep rooted connection with the community. Reading programs for children ranging from birth to high school will continue throughout the year.
" We continue with many programs throughout the year particularly our 0 to 5 population. We have story times for babies because it's important to read to the babies from the beginning," Graham said. "That's when all brain development is happening that's so critical. We have time for 2s and we have a 3- to 5-year-old story time and these run year round."
The Wicomico Public Library offers free programs for older children too. The LEGO Challenge is open! Children ages 5-11 are constructing with LEGOs, learning about their community and world, and building skills and confidence. The project is made possible by the Wicomico Partnership for Families and Children, the Local Management Board for Wicomico County, with funding from the Governor's Office for Children.
You can also bring your child to the downtown library for the program "Dog Days - Paws to Read." This program allows your child to read aloud to a dog for five to seven minutes. A volunteer will be present during the entire session. Library staffers said it helps build reading confidence in children while they are relaxing and having fun.