September 8 is International Literacy Day!
First celebrated in 1967, this day emphasizes the importance of being able to read and write. Unfortunately, even today, there are roughly 750 million adults worldwide who are considered to be illiterate. BCLS proudly encourages literacy among both children and adults through our many programs and resources. Below are just a few of our current offerings:
TumbleBooks – This resource brings books to life for children of all ages! Here you’ll find picture books that read the story aloud to you, as well as chapter books and stories in several different languages. A wide selection of nonfiction works and graphic novels are also available, in addition to fun educational games.
Read to a Dog – Studies have shown that reading aloud to a dog helps children in a variety of ways. Not only does it give kids a chance to improve their literacy skills, but reading to a dog also increases a child’s confidence and enthusiasm for reading. Luckily, many of our branches host monthly “Read to a Dog” events. You can find out more details by visiting the events page on our website.
StoryWalk® – If you’re looking for a way to pair reading with exercise, StoryWalk® is your answer. This resource can be found at our main branch, the Burlington County Library in Westampton. Every season, a new picture book is showcased in two-page spreads at various stops around the amphitheater across the street from the library. Visitors are encouraged to travel the entire path in order to “read” the full book.
One-on-One Assistance – Several of our branches now provide this service, designed to help adults learn or improve upon important technology skills. Whether you are interested in becoming more familiar with the Internet or want to learn how to write a solid resume, don’t panic – the library is ready to help! Visit our website to book an hour-long appointment with a BCLS librarian.
However you choose to celebrate International Literacy Day, you can be sure the library has a resource for you. Happy reading (or writing)!