The Dearborn Public Library now offers family literacy kits for use with children in kindergarten through third grade.
The Literacy Kits were developed to help students and families practice the skills identified in Michigan’s Read by Grade Three law: Phonetics, Phonemic Awareness, Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Fluency.
Read by Grade 3 literacy kits are sorted by literacy skill and grade level. Each kit includes a sheet explaining the featured skill, suggested activities, suggested books, and a VOX talking book. VOX talking books are books with an audio player that allows children to listen to a fluent reader and follow the text.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide VOX books for our families to use at home,” said Assistant Library Manager Julie Schaefer. “They are the much improved, up-to-date version of the books that came with a cassette kit and beeped when it was time to turn the page. Books engage readers and improve their overall reading ability, which leads to greater success in school.
Youth Services Supervisor Susan Jelic added, “Since passing this Reading Act, we have been working to support families in a practical and engaging way. These kits will provide families with interactive ways to improve their children’s reading skills.
Funding for the Read Through Grade Three Literacy Kit is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan. Kits can be used in the library or can be borrowed with a card from the Dearborn Public Library. To see the wide variety of titles available from VOX Books, search for “literacy kit” in the library catalog at dearbornlibrary.org.
For more information, contact the Department of Youth Services at 313-943-2345.
Source: City of Dearborn