Winnipeg Public Library making reading more accessible for children

READ program promotes early literacy through partnership with the Children's Hospital Foundation

Literacy playground at Millennium Library

Whether it is a picture book or a nursery rhyme, taking the time to read to a child can help grow early literacy skills.

That’s why the Winnipeg Public Library supports the Residents for Reading (READ) program.

“Launched in 2015, the READ program is aimed at teaching families the importance of reading to their children,” said Ed Cuddy, Manager of Library Services.

“We understand how vital it for families to incorporate reading at young age.”

The library works with the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital at the Health Sciences Centre where the program is delivered.

During clinic visits, families are encouraged by pediatric resident physicians to visit the Winnipeg Public Library and sign up for a free membership. They also receive a voucher for a free children’s book redeemable at any Winnipeg Public Library branch

“We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the READ initiative and thank the Winnipeg Foundation, the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Public Library Board for their support of this program,” said Cuddy.

Children's program at Millennium Library

The READ program is just one of many ways the Winnipeg Public Library encourages early literacy.  The library branches offer four different pre-school programs.

The programs require pre-registering and sessions run for eight weeks during fall, winter, and spring.

Library employees can also recommend books to help support learning in babies and children. Contact any of the branches for more information.

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