Promoting literacy in preschoolers has been the primary goal of Pre-K Hooray! The weekly program at the Largo Public Library is for children ages 3-5. Every Thursday at 10 a.m., Linda Lynch of the library's youth services department helps expose a room full of eager minds to the joy of reading. The series consists of stories, music and related activities in which children are able to have an interactive experience with books. "Children who have books in their lives do much better in school, social situations and throughout their education," Lynch says. She stresses the importance of children having an early exposure to books, believing that it is never too early to begin reading to them. Because a child's mind absorbs so much information, Lynch suggests that parents read to their children at birth. They will not be able to understand what is being said, but it is a precursor to getting them to enjoy reading. When asked what she loves about storytelling, Lynch says, "I enjoy seeing the light in the children's eyes and the hunger for books that grows as they enjoy story time." The Largo Library has a variety of books for early readers that include picture books, board books and books with CDs.
Kids, adults interact with Largo library pre-K reading program
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A jump start
Pre-K Hooray! is at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Largo Public Library. Here's a look at the upcoming schedule:
Thursday: Hurricanes for Kids with Tom Iovino
Oct. 2: Birds
Oct. 9: Fire safety
Oct. 16: Dinosaurs
Oct. 23: Nutrition with Nature's Food Patch
Oct. 30: Halloween parade and games
Nov. 6: Irish Music with Chris Morgan
Nov. 13: Plants
Nov. 20: Thanksgiving
• Family Story Night, Mondays at 7 p.m.
• Itsy Bitsy Baby, Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
• Toddler Tales, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
For more information about reading programs, call 587-6715 or visit www.largo