First 5 Madera County ensured 33 children are going to enjoy a new selection of books after it hosted a special Growing Family Libraries event in the First Five parking lot, adjacent to the Sierra Star, last week.
Using $50 vouchers provided by First 5’s $10,000 investment to the event in Chowchilla, Oakhurst, and Madera, 27 parents with their 33 collective kids spent the morning reading through new books and picking some of their favorites.
A workshop was also held where children had stories read to them by family advocacy workers, and their parents were instructed on how to engage with children while reading to make it a fun, learning experience.
First 5 staff said the Growing Family Libraries program demonstrates the importance of reading to parents and children, allowing children to learn new words, discuss a book’s story, and express their ideas.
Details: (559) 661-5155, www.first5madera.net.