September and October are the months we concentrate on the Michigan Reads! program. We send out Michigan Reads! kits to all public library outlets (main libraries and branches), Head Start Programs, Great Start Readiness Programs, and all schools serving Kindergarten through second grade. We also provide kits to Great Start to Quality centers for child care provider training. These kits include a hardcover copy of the year's book, a programming and resource guide filled with ideas to use in conjunction with the book including activities meeting the Common Core State Standards for school age children; a poster, bookmarks, and stickers to use with the kids.
The Library of Michigan will launch 2014 Michigan Reads! One State, One Children's Book program on September 8th. We are looking forward to our tenth successful program year by reaching more children in more libraries and classrooms and by continuing an outreach program to certified child care providers. The program focuses on the importance of reading and sharing books with children, especially toddlers through early elementary, and the vital role libraries play in providing access to the quality books, programs and services that lay the foundation for reading and school success.
For the eighth year in a row in 2014, Target is continuing generous sponsorship of "Michigan Reads!", helping librarians, early childhood educators, parents, and caregivers with materials and ideas to help children develop literacy skills through play-based activities. The program also had additional support from the Library of Michigan Foundation, and Sleeping Bear Press. This project is also made possible in part by grant funds from the
U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.
The information and program ideas on this site have been developed by librarians from across Michigan to help further the goals of Michigan Reads!:
Open a Book, Open Their World!
Bookmark us at michigan.gov/michiganreads
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