It’s all about the fun when it comes to learning how to read, especially for the city’s youngest residents.
For babies, simple activities like talking, singing and playing with mom and dad can lay the foundation for lifelong success in literacy, according to Fort Saskatchewan Public Library director Michele Fedyk.
“We're not born to read. We actually learn to read,” Fedyk said, adding that parents are the most important role models in the very first stages of learning.
Early literacy is a core value at the local library – they’re teaming up with the Fort’s Welcome Wagon Birth of Baby to give every newborn in Fort Saskatchewan a free bag of goodies meant to help little ones have fun on the journey to reading.
“The bag contains a ‘Welcome Baby’ board book, early literacy pamphlet, invitation for a free library card and information about our free programs at the library,” Fedyk said.
Learning to read is not always easy, Fedyk pointed out. She hopes the free program will help children develop a positive attitude toward reading before they even step foot in a classroom.
“They'll be more relaxed, not stressed out.”
The bags will be available September 17. Parents of newborns can pick them up at the library or have them delivered by a Welcome Wagon Birth of Baby representative.