Promote Literacy with Free Storytime

Liberty, MO -- The Liberty Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library will be hosting a day of Early Literacy Storytimes on Tuesday, April 16 at the Clay County Health Department [800 Haines, Liberty, MO 64068]. The storytimes, which promote the foundation of reading skills, will be held at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30 p.m. and are free and open to all children and their families.

“The Library wins through this partnership by playing a significant role in the lives of children by introducing early literacy to children and their parents. We embrace the opportunity to take storytime out into the community where it is more accessible.,” said Youth Services Manager Shari Ellison. “This partnership is important for both the Library and the people that use the Clay County Health Department. By providing service outside the library walls we are helping to make people aware of early literacy skills they can share with their children.”

Each attendee will receive a gift bag with free books and information on early literacy. “The phrase ‘Early Literacy’ may sound like a mouthful, but it is as simple as playing, reading, singing, telling stories, and teaching your child to recognize letters so they can learn to read,” said Ellison. “Research has demonstrated how these simple interactions can help a child’s brain develop, enabling them not only to be ready to read, but to improve their vocabulary, and become better students in school.

Liberty Branch Manager Janet Heitzman Smith added, “Our dedicated storytime team, including Ms. Melissa and Ms. Lois, will be presenting these storytimes and reaching out to parents and children. Our goal is not only to share the importance of these skills, but to demonstrate how easy it is to incorporate them into your daily life. We also invite the community to participate in our storytime sessions at the Liberty Branch [1000 Kent St.].

Access Your World Mid-Continent Public Library is the largest library system in the Kansas City metropolitan area, operating 34 libraries and serving over 770,000 people in Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties. The Library strives to provide exceptional customer service and expanding access to materials, programs, and technology including a world class genealogy and family history library.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2013 Contact Information: Jessica Ford Public Relations Coordinator Mid-Continent Public Library 816.503.4187

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