Library Reading Program

EUGENE, Ore. – The National Center for Education says that children who read have more of an advantage over those who are not. It says children who are frequently read are more likely to count to 20, write their own names, and read or pretend to read faster than other kids. Connie Bennett, the library … Continue reading »

New Program Gives Kids Free Books

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Public Library just launched a new program to help young kids learn to read. Not only can kids check out books to borrow, thanks to a new partnership they’ll get to keep a new book every month. David Van Slyke and his two sons, Simon and Gildor, are regulars in … Continue reading »

SMART Gets Library of Congress Award

EUGENE, Ore. — The Start Making a Reader Today (SMART) program is this year’s recipient of a big award. The program was chosen from hundreds of applicants as the winner of the Library of Congress Literacy Award in the American Prize category. The honor comes with $50,000, which the program plans on using to support … Continue reading »

Baby Reading Recommendations

EUGENE, Ore. — Babies may not seem interested in bedtime book reading, but a new study backs up what most of us probably figured. Reading to newborns is highly recommended. The American Academy of Pediatrics is now weighing in on literacy. AAP will now recommend that pediatricians across the country tell parents to read out … Continue reading »

Group Donates Books to Housing Community

EUGENE, Ore. — A group of local volunteers spent the day filling bookshelves at a Eugene transitional housing facility. The volunteers from Soroptimist donated $3,000 worth of new and gently used books to Sponsors. These books will be used to start a library. Sponsors houses women who were recently incarcerated and are working to transition … Continue reading »

KEZI 9 News “Be Inspired” Campaign

Nothing is more critical to a child’s success in life than the ability to read.  Many children don’t have books of their own, making it hard for them to read, learn and succeed. KEZI 9 News and ABC are partnering with First Book, SMART, and the Cow Creek Tribe of Indians, to share the power … Continue reading »

Kids Compete in Battle of the Books

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Thousands of Lane County students read their way into a book battle. Saturday the teams went head to head for a shot at a Battle of the Books state competition. Since the start of the school year, kids became experts on more than a dozen books and competed against other teams within … Continue reading »

Students Celebrate Gift of Literacy

EUGENE, Ore. — Nearly 900 first grade students from Springfield Public Schools headed to Lane Community College Thursday morning for the annual Gift of Literacy Program. The program runs all year long, starting at the beginning of the school year when students pick out a book they want to own. On Thursday, the students received … Continue reading »

Springfield Students Create eBooks

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Reading, writing, and arithmetic–it’s what you expect second graders to learn. But at one Springfield elementary school, students are doing more than writing. Some second graders at Page Elementary have accomplished something most adults haven’t. They’re authors of eBooks. Sixty second graders can proudly say they’ve written, illustrated and self published an … Continue reading »

Head Start Advocates Protest Sequester

EUGENE, Ore. — Local Head Start advocates demonstrated outside of Representative Peter DeFazio’s office Friday to tell the congressman they are not happy about the effect the sequester will have on Head Start programs. For event organizer and parent Aloma Murray, Head Start is a family affair. “I just felt like it was really important … Continue reading »

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