Arapahoe Libraries ‘Begin with Books’ expands near Smoky Hill

Featured in The Villager April 26, 2017

You can help young children in your community develop early reading skills to prepare them for success in school by becoming a volunteer for Arapahoe Libraries’ Begin with Books program.

Begin with Books is a literacy program to introduce the joy of reading to children birth to 5 years old who attend in-home daycare. Begin with Books volunteers provide story times, puppets, books, songs and finger rhymes during their visits to in-home daycares. Currently, Begin with Books visits nearly 30 community in-home daycares. No experience is necessary to volunteer for the program and training will be provided.

“For many children, Begin with Books is their first exposure to reading and all that is offered at our libraries during more traditional story times,” said Betsy Brainerd, early-literacy librarian at Arapahoe Libraries. “Our Begin with Books volunteers have a direct impact on the future success of these children.”

Opportunities are available for adult volunteers living near Smoky Hill Library. Click here for more information, or call 303-792-8960.