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Free books for children ages 0-5 from the Crystal Falls District Community Library

CRYSTAL FALLS — A goal of Ready to Read Michigan is to assist libraries in outreach and developing early and family literacy in their local communities.

The Crystal Falls District Community Library received the 2020 Ready to Read Michigan program kit in the spring and had planned to host a story hour for youngest readers to the age of 5. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the program was cancelled.

The library hopes to reinstate some children’s programming this fall; however, they believe it best to cancel this event for the very earliest readers, as mask wearing is not recommended by the CDC for children birth to age 2.

The Crystal Falls library has several copies of the book “A Parade of Elephants,” by Kevin Henkes, to give away to young readers. There are also stickers and bookmarks with tips for parents on them. Supplies are limited so parents are encouraged to call or come in soon.

“The Crystal Falls District Community Library is interested in all of our readers — from our babies to our elderly population,” said Library Director Evelyn Gathu. “We feel that fostering reading efforts between parents and children is very important.”

Along with utilizing these program kits yearly for children through age 5, they are also giving away a free Books for Babies kit to any baby born at the Dickinson County Hospital that is from the Crystal Falls District Library.

If any parent or grandparent would like some assistance on how to read to their little one or book suggestion lists go to the library. “We would be happy to help you,” said Gathu.

The Ready to Read Michigan program is made possible in part by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support comes from the Library of Michigan Foundation and the Consumers Energy Foundation.

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