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Benefits of Reading to Preschoolers |
The Traveling Storytime program is sponsored by the Redwood City Public Library's Youth Services Department, whose goal is to reach as many of the city's children as possible to instill the love of literature, learning and libraries. Each week, trained volunteers read to groups of children in daycare centers and preschools throughout Redwood City. The program has received grants and awards from a variety of organizations since its creation.
- Traveling Storytime began in 2000 with a Director and a handful of volunteers.
- In February 2008, The Traveling Storytime program celebrated the milestone of having read to 100,000 children.
- Today, approximately 40-60 volunteers provide the program's services to about 1,000 children on a regular basis.
Who Are Our Volunteers?
Almost anyone with a desire to instill the love of literature, learning and libraries to preschool children can volunteer. Traveling Storytime volunteers range in age from 16 to 80+.
How Much Time Does it Take?
Volunteers spend half hour a week reading to a group of preschool-age children, either at daycare centers or preschools throughout Redwood City, The Director and volunteer agree on the location and time from a list of daycare/preschool providers that have requested the program.
What Kind of Training is Involved?
Volunteers meet with the Director for two short sessions: during the first session an overview of the program is provided and the materials are reviewed. The second session consists of the volunteer using the materials provided while the Director acts as the audience.
What Do I Need to Provide?
Nothing! The program provides all of the materials, including a cloth bag containing the following:
Storyboard felt cutouts with prepared story/dialog, and felt storyboard
Each bag is theme-based, ranging from food, farms and farm animals, family and many others. Traveling Storytime has cubbies filled with bags - 35 themes in all!
A binder is also provided, containing songs, stretches, rhymes and special holiday activities.