May 24, 2022

Ohio: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library’s Literacy Program Hits the Road With New Mobile Unit

From The Toledo Blade:

What’s the best way to teach preschool children how to read? asks Nancy Eames, youth services coordinator for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

The answer: Train parents to teach their children how to become better readers.


The $2.2 million program includes buying a 25-foot van that will take library staff to underserved communities where they can help parents develop skills to help make their children better readers, Ms. Eames said.


The traveling librarians will schedule visits focusing on central-city neighborhoods, Ms. Eames said.

The van, which will operate like a small version of the more well-known library bookmobiles, will allow children to borrow books and be equipped with early-literacy kits designed for parents and child-care teachers. Parents will also be given free books and materials that can be used at home with their children.

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