Public awareness campaign helps caregivers learn the importance of sharing language with the youngest children

Hutto, TX - The Hutto Library has joined other libraries and community partners across the country in a simple, powerful initiative to boost children’s language acquisition and brain development. By the age of four, children in affluent homes will have heard 30 million more words than their economically disadvantaged peers. The Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play campaignis helping to bridge this word gap with inviting posters designed to educate and support parents and caregivers. These posters will be placed in highly visible areas.  

 “The Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play campaign is a low-cost, high-impact way that libraries can reach parents and caregivers of all backgrounds and offer ideas and support for raising children who are ready for school,” said Lisa Riggs, Library Manager.  “This campaign will help provide parents with tools to build their children’s literacy skills.” 

The Hutto Public Library provides outreach story time to local preschools and daycares incorporating talk, read, sing, and play with each monthly visit.  The library has also acquired all recommended culturally diverse books listed from the Association for Library Services to Children pamphlet.  You may also view a variety of the Babies Need Words Sing posters in the children’s area and restrooms above changing tables in English and Spanish. The library will be reaching out to local business to partner with this campaign in hopes of providing sing posters to hang above changing tables. 

On April 4, the library will provide Babies Need Words booklets in the Children’s Area at the new Hutto Public Library to start the campaign. Acquired books recommended in the booklet will also be available for check out.

 

For more information on The Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play campaign and other family programming at Hutto  Public Library,  please contact the library at

(512) 759 – 4008 or visit www.huttotx.gov/library or www.ala.org/alsc/babiesneedwords.