Helping the Community to Succeed
Alex Kpodonu Library
Getting the Community Reading
A Village Library Project
The World Literacy Foundation says “illiteracy affects almost 800 million people globally and one of the best things we can do to end poverty in the world is to improve literacy. This is the key to getting people into jobs, raising their income and enabling them to take part in society”
Alex Kpodonu Library is being undertaken out of the desire to supplement the educational needs of the community and the goal of the project is to establish a functioning library at Atiavi where members of the community of all ages and levels of education can come to further their knowledge.
Early reading is important for every child, and our programs should encourage parents to begin reading to their children at an early age.
There are several benefits associated with early literacy development and to read more, please click here
The Library shall be a visitors centre which will enable the community to perform the vital tasks of informing and promoting civic pride and to encourage the preservation and celebration of local festivals and cultural events.
The basic services shall be provided without charge and we shall endeavour to promote an educated and literate community at Atiavi and its environs.
The Library will facilitate the free flow of information and ideas by providing access to materials, services and programs to the community.
Where possible, we shall replicate and build similar library facilities at neighbouring towns and villages.
The library will be a place where ideas can be exchanged and independent research done. It will have areas for study, internet browsing with access to printing and photocopying of documents and a place where discussions can be conducted.
The library shall ensure a good collection of books, in particular novels by African authors and academic books recommended by the Ghana Education Service for Schools and Colleges.
We shall ensure various books on all disciplines are made available and materials will cover most categories at all levels from A-Z where possible.
Getting The Community Reading:
Reasons Why Experts Say You Should Read to Your Kids
What’s the most important trait you’d like to develop in your child? If you’re like most parents, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. We all want bright, smart children, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and making sure teachers are exceeding expectations. But remember: as a parent, you have the power to boost your children's learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives.
We all know reading to our kids is a good thing—but are you familiar with the specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child can receive by being exposed to the merits of reading? Below are some benefits that highlight the importance of reading to your child between the ages of two and five.
1. A stronger relationship with you. As your child grows older, he’ll be on the move playing, running, and constantly exploring his environment. Snuggling up with a book lets the two of you slow down and recaptures that sweet, cuddly time you enjoyed when he was a baby. Instead of being seen as a chore or a task, reading will become a nurturing activity that will bring the two of you closer together.
2. Academic excellence. One of the primary benefits of reading to toddlers and preschoolers is a higher aptitude for learning in general. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education. After all, if a student struggles to put together words and sentences, how can he be expected to grasp the math, science, and social concepts he’ll be presented with when he begins elementary school?
3. Basic speech skills. Throughout toddlerhood and preschool, your child is learning critical language and enunciation skills. By listening to you read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, your child is reinforcing the basic sounds that form language. “Pretend reading”—when a toddler pages through a book with squeals and jabbers of delight—is a very important pre-literacy activity. As a preschooler, your child will likely begin sounding out words on his own.
4. The basics of how to read a book. Children aren’t born with an innate knowledge that text is read from left to right, or that the words on a page are separate from the images. Essential pre-reading skills like these are among the major benefits of early reading.
5. Better communication skills. When you spend time reading to toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.
6. Mastery of language. Early reading for toddlers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach school age.
7. More logical thinking skills. Another illustration of the importance of reading to children is their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment. As your toddler or preschooler begins to relate the scenarios in books to what’s happening in his own world, he’ll become more excited about the stories you share.
8. Acclamation to new experiences. As your child approaches a major developmental milestone or a potentially stressful experience, sharing a relevant story is a great way to help ease the transition. For instance, if your little one is nervous about starting preschool, reading a story dealing with this topic shows her that her anxiety is normal.
9. Enhanced concentration and discipline. Toddlers may initially squirm and become distracted during story time, but eventually they’ll learn to stay put for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension come a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve your child well when she enters school.
10. The knowledge that reading is fun! Early reading for toddlers helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older.
Books have the power to benefit toddlers and preschoolers in a myriad of ways. As a parent, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare him with a foundation for academic excellence.
Main Library building and Library Shop nearing completion