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TALK: Text to Learn
The more parents and caregivers talk and listen to young children, the easier it is for them to learn to read and write when they start kindergarten. This is because simple activities each day such as singing and playing every day help kids develop the cognitive and language skills they need to do well in school and beyond. Unfortunately, not all parents have time to develop learning activities for their little ones, creating a school readiness gap that impacts children from under-resourced families disproportionately. A text messaging service aims to change this, helping children learn through simple, everyday interactions.
The service, called TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten, sends two text messages each week suggesting activities that parents and caregivers can easily incorporate into daily routines with their children. The service also notifies parents of free activities and services at the library. TALK is available to parents and caregivers in Michigan with children ages 5 and under. Parents can sign up by texting TALK to 75547 or visiting www.texttolearn.com.
TALK is derived from the research-based program Every Child Ready to Read, which promotes five practices to build essential pre-reading skills: reading, singing, talking, writing and playing. Each message begins with one of the five practices and details an activity parents can use to help their child develop early literacy skills. But content goes beyond literacy and helps parents build other important skills such as pre-math and social emotional skills. While the service is available and valuable to every family, the goal is to reach parents who may not otherwise have the time or the ability to attend library programs. It is available in English and Spanish. The hope is that at the end of the grant period, the service will be ready to be used by libraries throughout the country.
Allen Park Public Library is a partner library that is happy to help get the word out to families in our area. This statewide project is led by the Ypsilanti District Library. The technology platform to distribute the messages is being developed by the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and materials to promote the service will be available to libraries through the Library of Michigan. HighScope Center for Early Education Research and Evaluation helped ensure messages were aligned to a child’s development and will be conducting an evaluation of the project.
Our Youth Book Bundles have been so popular, we are expanding our services. We are now offering Book Bundles for children, tweens, and teens up to 18 years old!
Fill out the request form above with topics your kids will enjoy. We'll select 3 chapter books for your bundle. We'll give you a call to schedule a pick-up once your bundle is prepared.
Is your child already registered for this program? Register them again on Beanstack when you register for Summer Reading. Just log the number of books your child has already read and continue to log with any new books. Your child will get virtual badges for every 100 books read. When the library reopens for in-person services, see Ms. Brandi to collect your free books.
It's that easy!
New to the program? Click the link below to learn more.
Register your child on Beanstack and start reading!
Click here to access our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten page!
*Limit 2 Vox Books per family.*