Grow a Reader Outreach

Grow a Reader Outreach is designed to serve preschoolers and the adults who care for and teach them. This program currently visits 18 preschools, 26 childcare facilities, and the Head Start programs in Fredericksburg, Stafford County, and Spotsylvania County.

What do participants receive?

  • books & theme bags
  • storytimes
  • workshops

Bags of Fun!

Program participants receive a box of children's books and a theme bag delivered to them every two weeks. These are browsing collections of books for the teachers to read to the children and for the children to use themselves. Every bag includes a puppet, books, a DVD, a CD, fingerplay instructions, and teacher resources centered on one theme, such as Outer Space, Families, Fish, Foxes, Dragons, Colors, Shapes, and Growing Things.

Sharing Stories

For each facility, we book two storytimes per year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Our goals are to:  

  • encourage children, teachers, and parents to use the library
  • model read-aloud techniques for teachers and caregivers
  • have fun!

Learning for All Ages

The Grow a Reader Outreach program also offers literacy-based workshops worth two hours of credit twice yearly. These free workshops are held at the library and are open to any adults who work with preschool children.

This program is organized and run by Katie Heslop of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, who can be contacted by phone at 540-372-1144 ext.7542 or by email at, opens a new window.

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