The Transformative Power of Reading!
A note from Eric Sutherland, Chair, Oakville Public Library Board
I believe that our future is rooted in our children's ability to read. You may be surprised to learn that many children in our community lack access to reading materials or a comfortable environment to learn and practice their literacy skills. Reaching more of these struggling youngsters is an urgent priority for the library and it is with support from community members like yourself that we can achieve this goal.
Through fundraised dollars, Oakville Public Library is able to provide the community with a number of early literacy programs including a free summer reading initiative that gives all children the opportunity to enhance their literacy skills in a pressure-free, fun filled environment. Without the support from the community, programs like TD Summer Reading Club could not reach children who need additional support in developing reading confidence and a lifelong love of learning.
Stephanie Jones, Branch Supervisor - Children's and Summer Reading Club Coordinator also reflected on the magic of summer reading:
"Seeing the looks of absolute pride on children's faces after reporting their reading goals has been so rewarding. The activities we planned, such as this year's Summer Reading Celebration, truly resonated with kids. The Eureka! theme centered on making, creating and innovations, and hands-on projects paired with reading noticeable bolstered their thirst for learning."
Having been present at the library's Celebration, I can attest to Stephanie's remarks. I am hopeful that next year we can exceed our current reach and reach even more youngsters in the community through the TD Summer Reading Club, outreach programs in high need neighbourhoods and the expansion of early literacy initiatives.
To accomplish this, I'm asking for you help to support our efforts. By donating to the library you are investing in the future of Oakville's youth and subsequently, the well-being of our community as a whole. Please consider becoming a donor today.
In 2013 donations have provided:
- 4,000 children, most of them ages 5-9, will be able to bolster their newfound reading skills in our TD Summer Reading Club
- Thousands of teens will have access to programs and places that encourage reading and writing
- People of all ages will be able to learn about new technologies - technologies that are increasingly vital to everyday life
By making a donation to your library you will ensure that people in our community reach their full potential.