On March 9th, KSJD radio interviewed Cortez Public Library Director, Eric Ikenouye, and Laura McHenry, Children's Librarian. They discussed their efforts to reach out to parents about the importance of reading with and talking to their young children. Their program, "Read to Me, 21 Days to Form the Reading Habit," features a CuddleUppet toy blanket and a book for participants that allows parents to practice and model storytimes with their children. Cortez Public Library is partnering with numerous community partners including the Piñon Project, Montelores Early Childhood Council, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Towaoc Head Start. Laura will be meeting parents and families in the community in addition to conducting storytimes at the library. The library will also use Ready Rosie, a service that uses text messages and videos to educate parents about early literacy activities at home.
The SPELL blueprint recommends libraries promote their early literacy programs widely in the community, and this KSJD Community Radio Project interview will reach the rural audience of Montezuma County, Colorado and the four corners area. Congratulations to Eric and Laura for spreading the word about their innovative SPELL prototype!
Listen to the interview, and learn more about KSJD, here: http://ksjd.org/post/early-childhood-literacy