The Blue Mountain eagle. (John Day, Or.) 1972-current, January 06, 2016, Page A7, Image 7

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    Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Help your child Grow,
Dream, Succeed with
a Ready 2 Learn card
“The more you read, the more things you will know.
The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” – May Ellen Chase
“A book is a gift you can open again and again.” – Garrison Keillor
“One of the greatest gifts adults can give – to their offspring and to their society –
is to read to children.” – Carl Sagan
These quotes are just a few of many by adults that recognize the importance of reading
to children and making sure that children have access to books. What better way to
ensure our children have unlimited access to a wide variety of books than for them to
have their own library card?
Did you know that your child can receive that card beginning at birth? Through the Ready
2 Learn program at the Grant County Library, children 0 through 5 can be issued their
own special card. This card is just like a regular library card but with a few extra perks.
1. It helps families save for their child’s
education. Oregon College Savings Plan
is a sponsor of Ready 2 Learn and, if
your child uses their Ready 2 Learn
card at least once a month, they are
entered into a drawing for one of 3
monthly prizes of a $1000 deposit into
your child’s Oregon College Savings
Plan fund.
2. Ready 2 Learn offers library
programs that focus on one skill a
month to help children develop the skills
they need to be successful in
kindergarten. Programs at the Grant
County Library include weekly story and
craft time, monthly family story times in
the evenings that incorporate that
month’s skill, and quarterly sessions for
parents that include ideas on how to
promote the monthly skills at home and
McCosker used his Ready 2 Learn card in
examples of other early literacy activities. Grahm
November and won this Eric Carle gift basket.
3. In addition to programs in the library, parents have access to monthly
newsletters, ideas to help your child learn at home, and updates on current
In addition to the Oregon College Savings Plan monthly $1000 drawing, children who
use their Ready 2 Learn card to check out a book or attend a library program anytime
during a month will also be entered into a drawing for one of 10 gift baskets. These
baskets are valued at over $125 and include a wonderful variety of themed books,
activities and learning toys to support and encourage early literacy.
Beginning in January, Ready 2 Learn cardholders who check out a total of 100 books will
be given an age appropriate basket of books and early literacy learning toys.
If your child does not yet have their very own Ready 2 Learn card, all you need to do to
take advantage of these amazing opportunities and to support their early learning, is to
head to the library and request the free card. You can also ask for information about
opening an Oregon College Savings Plan account for your child.
This project is funded by a Library Services & Technology Act grant managed through the
Oregon State Library. Additional funds provided by the Oregon College Savings Plan and the
Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc.