TAYLOR COUNTY—A good book can transport you into a different time and place, helping you to escape the realities of everyday life, but a book is no good for those who don’t know how to read.
To help ensure that future generations have an outlet to turn to, the Taylor County Public Library (TCPL) is on a mission to help teach youngsters the importance of reading.
“Reading encourages growth and learning in young children,” explained TCPL Director Alesha Tocco. “Obviously, we are huge advocates for literacy among individuals.”
And because there is a need in the community, Tocco came up with an idea to start a literacy program at the library, to help teach the importance of reading and early literacy.
Typically, the library teams up with elementary school teachers for an early literacy program, but now, the entity is setting out on a solo mission to help children learn to read, comprehend what they are taking in and have fun along the way.
“We really want to get a literacy program started here at the library,” explained Tocco. “But to do so, we are going to need volunteers to help us out.”
The TCPL is currently looking for individuals who harbor a love of reading to help spread that joy to youths in the community.
“The group would meet once a week at the library, so if we could recruit at least four people, they would only have to assist once a month,” Tocco disclosed. “That way, one person wouldn’t be taking on the task all the time.”
Research has shown that reading aloud to children and intentionally teaching vocabulary sets them up for success, and Tocco believes that reading to children often in the early stages of life is very important.
Literacy, or the ability to read, write, speak and listen in a way that lets individuals communicate effectively and make sense of the world, is connected to everything we do.
“Literacy comes into play daily,” commented Tocco. “It’s not just reading books or articles, but signs, labels and the messages on your phone, too.”
Being able to read and write means being able to keep up with current events, communicate effectively and understand the issues that are shaping the world.
And what better place than a public library to immerse individuals in literature of all types, including newspapers, novels, comics, magazines, films, reference material and even websites.
“So, if you would like to become an integral part of our new literacy program as a volunteer, please reach out to us,” Tocco voiced. “We would love to have you!”
Those interested in volunteering may contact the Taylor County Public Library by phone at 304-265-6121. Individuals may also stop by the library, located at 200 Beech Street, during their regular business hours, Monday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. or Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
“We will however be closed on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday,” noted Tocco. “As well as on December 2-4, while we get new carpet.”
Additional information about the literacy program will be released once all details are finalized.