Alamosa Public Library
Every Friday Morning: Toddler Storytime 9:30 a.m. (Toddlers: under 3 yrs. old) and Storytime 11:00 (4 yrs and up)
Come read and play with Ms. Becky at the Library!
Storybox Special Project at home child cares
Initiated by Babette Reeves in 2009, “The Story Box Special” was inspired by a program started by the Kansas City library system. The program fills a gap in early literacy programs in rural communities like Alamosa. Family day cares really do not have the transportation or the financial means to get their kids to the library like a lot of the preschools and traditional day cares can. Books are made available that can be part of the children's day, either to look at and play with on their own or to read with adults. Studies continue to prove reading to and with preschoolers increases their chances of graduating from high school.
This project allows boxes filled with about 25 books each that home child care providers can check-out monthly. The books cover early literacy skills and developmental tasks for preschoolers, like having a new baby in the family or potty training. Boxes include bilingual books as well as a couple of resource books for the teachers.
Home child care provider Cindy Goldsworthy is glad the Storybox Special has a scheduled stop at her house because it is difficult to bring five or more infants and preschoolers to the library herself. “We always love reading, and getting new material each month is going to be so exciting,” she said.
To learn more about the Storybox Special, call Becky Steenburg at 719-589-6592.