Every Child Ready to Read @ your library

In September 2005, the Washington State Library received a $250,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to promote early literacy. The Allen Foundation recognized “the important role that libraries play in our community, and believe strongly that libraries are instrumental in helping parents teach their children to read," said Jo Allen Patton, executive director of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Public libraries reach parents, caregivers and children all across Washington.

To learn more about The Paul G. Allen Family foundation go online at www.pgafamilyfoundation.org

Implementation of the grant includes training in year one and year two. Community Match Grants in year two.


Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library was developed as part of the Public Library Association Early Literacy project. (See http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/ecrr/)

Washington State Library modified the original training based on the work of Saroj Ghoting and Pamela Martin- Díaz and their work Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library Partnering with Caregivers and Success.

Training introduced the six early literacy skills and shared techniques with library staff and child care providers on weaving the skills into story times and daily activities. Training also included ways to share the new concepts and strategies with parents and others providing services to the 0-5 population. Materials were provided to libraries and community partners to support training.

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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).