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Kids can sign up for a library card and get a free book

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

To encourage the youngest residents of Yolo County to become lifelong learners and library users, the Yolo County Library has partnered with First 5 Yolo to offer free “keeper” books to all children from birth to age 5 who either use their existing library card or sign up for one during September.

“Learning to read begins with babies and toddlers,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong. “When children are read to on a daily basis they acquire crucial pre-reading skills such as print awareness, phonological awareness, print motivation, letter knowledge and narrative skills. These early literacy skills help children become successful readers once they start school.”

The Yolo County Library offers an array of resources for young children and their families: special collections of board books for babies and toddlers; materials on early childhood development for parents and caregivers; story times in four languages (English, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin Chinese); and parenting workshops.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card and library programs, stop by the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St., visit www.yolocountylibrary.org or connect with the Yolo County Library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yolocountylibrary.org.

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