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Libraries promote early literacy, student access


April 19, 2017

Jess Macinko

TIMELY READING: Goldendale Librarian Amy King-Schoppert displays a 'Grow a Reader' bin.

is spring, young children and their parents may be pleased to find children's books in unlikely places. In waiting rooms throughout the county, plastic bins offer a suggestion for families to pass the time-"Read while you wait!"

The bins are part of a Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) initiative to promote early literacy. Each bin contains a selection of books for families to read together (the material is geared to children ages zero to five).

Jennifer Studebaker, FVRL community partnership and outreach coordinator, says the goal of the program is threefold.

First, it provides a practical service to parents stuck in waiting rooms. "Not everyone carries a giant bag of books with th...

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