Columbia, SC– During the month of September, Richland Library is expecting to welcome hundreds of its newest and youngest customers into the world. Thanks to funding from Palmetto Health, we are supplying every baby born in Richland County with a library card and a book as part of the Growing Readers initiative.
The initiative, which also celebrates National Library Card Sign-Up Month, stresses the first five years of life are critical to a child’s vocabulary and literacy development. Attached to the library card, parents can find early literacy tips, such as:
- Yes, reading Goodnight Moon 10 times in a row can get old – for you! But children love repetition because that’s how they learn. So repeat, repeat, repeat.
- Chat with your child – even if you have to do most of the talking! Conversation helps children make connections and learn new words.
- Forming letters takes coordination and drawing is your child’s first steps toward writing.
With their new library cards, parents and their children can check out materials at all library locations as well as enjoy a huge downloadable collection that includes eBooks, eAudiobooks, subscription databases, music and movies while finding out which country has the most titles on netflix.
For more than 30 years, the American Library Association says libraries across the country have recognized Library Card Sign-Up Month to remind parents and their children that gaining access to a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning.