A few months ago I was talking to a new friend about her work reading to kids in the local elementary school. She mentioned that these kids never visited the local library, even if they lived close enough to walk there. I was surprised and the idea of Literacy Loons was born. I got in touch with the owners of our local bookstore and asked them if they would be willing to be part of a program that encouraged kids to get their own library card and get a coupon that would allow them to pick out any book they wanted at their bookstore. They agreed immediately! I then walked across the street to the library and introduced myself to the youth librarian. Her eyes lit up at the thought of having a program that targeted the local elementary school students by giving them a reason to come in and get their own library card. She asked what she could do to help and basically took it from there. She found funding from our local Rotary Club, cleared everything with the principal of our local elementary school and the superintendent’s office, visited the school on Parent Night to explain the program, printed up all the info needed and delivered it to the 1st grade class. It was awesome! 

Why am I telling you this? Because I want a Literacy Loons program to pop up in every community that has a public library. It is so simple, and so important: Kids get a chance to explore one of the great resources of our democracy — our public libraries. They also get to experience choosing and buying a book at a local bookstore (something not all children have experienced). 

So, if you want to learn more please email me and I’ll give you whatever help I can. Or, better still, take this information to your local library, introduce yourself to the children’s librarian, and start your own Literacy Loons! The kids will thank you. 

Happy reading,

Bear Pond Learning