The North Liberty Community Library’s Womb Literacy initiative encourages expecting families to develop daily reading habits before baby is born so it’s easier to continue them after baby’s arrival. It enables expecting parents to be more confident as their child’s first teacher and educates them on early literacy skills and how children learn those skills. Statistics indicate children are more successful in school, work and life if they are reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Reading to your child helps with their language development and increased word recognition. Additional benefits include developing a bond between parent and child, encouraging a love of reading and starting a child’s life-long learning journey, all while the child is still in the womb.
New and expecting families can take part in this initiative through three programs: the annual Baby Fair, Stork Story Time Podcasts and Read to the Bump. The Baby Fair provides a variety of local businesses and non-profit organizations for expecting families to talk to, collect information from, and learn about what resources our community has to offer both before and after their baby’s arrival. Stork Story Time Podcasts enable new and expecting parents to listen to experts when it‘s convenient for them. Guest speakers talk about early literacy skills and how children develop those skills throughout their first years of life. Read to the Bump is expected to launch in late 2016 and will build baby’s personal library before they are born. Expecting families will receive a free board book and early literacy information so they can begin reading to their child, forming a daily reading routine that can be continued after they are born.
Just as it’s never too late to learn literacy skills, it’s never too early either!stork Storytime Podcast