Press Release - Detail
For release Thursday, September 16, 2010
CONTACT: Linda Wilson
Staff Development Coordinator, Public Relations Department
Birmingham Public Library
Phone: (205) 226-3746
PBS "Library Corners" Ready for Use at Four Birmingham Public Library Locations
Library Corners is part of the PBS KIDS Raising Readers National Early Childhood Literacy Initiative
North Avondale, Inglenook, and Titusville library branches are now equipped with PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corners. West End Library received theirs in 2009. Alabama Public Television (APT) is one of more than 30 PBS stations expanding the PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corners program in local libraries across the country. The Library Corners are designed to give children, ages 2 to 8, the opportunity to strengthen their literacy skills through free, fun activities at their local public or school library.
Each library corner is equipped with multimedia resources including 26 interactive reading activities and corresponding DVDS. The activities and clips are modeled on PBS KIDS Raising Readers programming, including Sesame Street, WordWorld, Super Why!, Between the Lions, Martha Speaks, and The Electric Company. Additionally, children and parents are encouraged to supplement their efforts with online activities at PBS KIDS Island (found at ReadyToLearnReading.org), a Web site with games designed to help preschool-age kids master literacy skills at eight different levels.
“At a time when funding for all types of community programs remains scarce, we are especially grateful to receive these additional Library Corners from APT,” said Janine Langston, Birmingham Public Libraries’ Literacy, Outreach and Youth Services Coordinator. “Both organizations are dedicated to helping young children develop the skills they need to become life-long readers and a partnership like this provides tangible benefits to our very youngest library patrons.”