Week of the Young Child, April 8-12

Children need a strong early-learning foundation to succeed in school and to succeed in life. We are proud to partner with the following local organizations to bring attention to this issue of vital importance to our community: Rappahannock Area Community Services BoardRappahannock United WaySmart Beginnings Rappahannock AreaThe Childcare NetworkGermanna Community College, and The Doctor Yum Project.

Did you know?

  • One in seven children in our community arrives in kindergarten without the basic skills to succeed.
  • High-quality early child care and educational experiences help shape a child's future academic success.
  • Children who develop resilence thrive even when faced with challenges.
  • Babies and toddlers who are ready to read develop better language skills than those who are not.
  • The first five years are the most critical in the development of a child's brain when most than 1 million new neural connections form every second.

What can you do?

  • Bring your children and spread the word about the library’s Grow a Reader classes. Specially trained staff present stories, songs, and activities that lay the foundation your child needs to get ready to read. We offer Grow a Reader classes for babies through age 5 and on some evenings and weekends.
  • Visit your local library regularly to check out titles even your baby is sure to enjoy!
  • Read to your child daily and keep it fun! Stop reading as soon as they show you they're done.

Special Guest Readers will join us at the following classes for recognizing the importance of early childhood education. As readers are confirmed, the names will be posted here

Alphabet Soup Week of the Young Child Specials

Wednesday, April 10, 10:00-10:30
Special Guest Reader: Moe Petway

Wednesday, April 10, 11:00-11:30
Special Guest Reader: Delegate Bob Thomas

Friday, April 12, 10:00-10:30
Special Guest Reader: Moe Petway 

Friday, April 12, 11:00-11:30
Special Guest Reader: Valerie Mayo, Attorney at Law

Preschool Time Week of the Young Child Special

Thursday, April 11, 9:30-10:00
Special Guest Reader: Stafford Fire & Rescue