“It’s a little card that goes a loud way.
Let your imagination sing at the library.”
— Idina Menzel
In this newsletter:
- September Literacy Resources: National Hispanic Heritage Month & National Library Card Signup Month
- Family Literacy Activities
- Back to School
- Community highlight – Let’s Take a Hike!
- Rodman Ride for Kids – Sign Up Here
- Who is supporting RAR-MA?
- Looking for Community Advisors
September Literacy Resources // Recursos de alfabetización de Septiembre
September 15-October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month!
This celebration was first enacted in 1988 to commemorate the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile and to honor the history, culture & influence of those who have come from these countries.
And here is some further suggested reading:
- Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
- Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina
- The Boys & Girls Clubs of America have a very helpful article in their Parent Resources section called, ‘6 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic & Latino Heritage Month’
- Scholastic Parents has a great list of books to read with children to learn & celebrate.
September is also National Library Card Signup Month!
Library Card Sign-Up Month first started in 1987 by Secretary of Education William Bennett and has continued with the mission to make sure every child can obtain a library card and use it.
This year’s International Literacy Day (September 8th) will be celebrated worldwide under the theme, ‘Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces’ and will be an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all. There is no better example of such a space than your local library.
Don’t know where your closest library can be found? No problem – you can search for your closest library by clicking here.
Libraries are vital community resources, offering so much more than books. They often provide resources for young children, job search information and services such as resume assistance. They serve as a safe place to work and study. Many offer free computer access, host meetings & clubs, and provide countless other resources for the community.
Family Literacy Activities // Actividades de Alfabetización Para la Familia
Our Family Literacy Calendar is a handy day-by-day resource of simple literacy-building activities and fun that you and your family can easily do at home!
¡Nuestro Calendario de Alfabetización Familiar es un recurso útil para el día a día con actividades sencillas de alfabetización y diversión que usted y su familia pueden hacer fácilmente en casa!
Back to School
It’s that time of year again, time to sharpen those pencils, check backpacks for leftover food, and find those bookmarks – time to go back to school!
It can be difficult to transition back to school from a summer of unwinding for students and parents alike. Here are some resources to feel ready and relaxed when those yellow buses start rolling by:
- Family Education has ‘12 Back to School Books for Kids of All Ages’
- The site also has a convenient collection of resources, posts, and printable materials.
- PBS Kids also has a resource center full of helpful activities, advice, and even recipes(!) to help students and their families.
- Our friends at NAEYC has their own database of articles, research and recommended books for parents of students in Preschool and Kindergarten, often the hardest transition years!
- Readbrightly has a collection of books that support support ‘Mental Health and Well-being, Learning and more’ and even break the books down into handy categories and age groups.
Lastly, here is a new Raising A Reader Massachusetts printable bookmark (color AND printer-friendly black & white) for keeping your place in all your new books this year.
Stories from the RAR-MA Community: Let’s Take a Hike!
The first day of Fall is Thursday, September 22nd and we have exciting news from the RAR-MA community.
Her Publisher, Book Baby, describes the story, “Let’s Take a Hike invites you on a father-daughter outdoors adventure with a slightly magical twist.”
The book encourages children to enjoy and explore the natural world and the story behind how it came together is equally interesting.
Elizabeth and her husband met the illustrator, Stephanie Hammermiller, while on their honeymoon. The couples were married the same day and had planned similar adventures for their respective trips. Elizabeth had been dreaming up an idea for a children’s book about the wonders of nature… and it turns out Stephanie is a great artist!
The couples became fast friends and over the last few years, Elizabeth and Stephanie worked on crafting Let’s Take a Hike!, which was published July 18th, 2022.
We love the serendipitous nature of this book’s creation and love the story about an outdoor adventure. Congratulations, Elizabeth!
Support us in the Rodman Ride for Kids!
We’re nearing fall and the Rodman Ride is in full swing (or pedal, backstroke, tail wag, or page turn). Every dollar goes towards our mission of closing the childhood literacy gap and providing crucial resources to families in Massachusetts. We have some great riders:
- Ride veteran and EL Board member Emily Leinbach is gearing up to ride September 24th.
- New EL Board member Dana Williams jumped right into action and is taking advantage of the ‘choose your own adventure’ option.
- Board member Shelley Wilson has tied her love of reading to supporting this event (and can probably recommend some good beach reads!).
To learn more about about the event and how you can support Raising A Reader Massachusetts, check out our team page at raisingareaderma.org/rodman.
Who’s Supporting RAR-MA?
The work we do toward helping young learners cannot be done without the generosity and thoughtfulness of our partners in our mission. We are so grateful to count the following organizations for their support:
- The M&T Charitable Foundation
- The Nordson Corporation
- The Iguana Fund
- The United Way of Greater Plymouth County
Thank you all so much, from the entire RAR-MA community.
Community Advisor to the Board
We believe community leadership is fostered on a meaningful level when community members hold leadership roles to help shape the future of their families, programs and communities by being actively engaged and informed.
Working with a non-profit board is an opportunity to work with practitioners and build effective partnerships based upon mutual respect and shared responsibility.
Raising A Reader MA has created a community advisor position to act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and the community that RAR-MA serves. Program partners, parents, caregivers, and community partners are at the core of our mission, and their guidance as community advisors is important to support sound and strategic decision-making and provide valuable perspectives in order to promote understanding of the cultures and experiences represented by RAR-MA constituents.
If you are connected to RAR-MA and are interested in learning more about this leadership role, please email us at [email protected] and note Community Advisor in the subject line.