Monday, March 3, 2014 - 12:00p.m.
St. Louis County Library will introduce Read and Play stations at three branches beginning in March. Read And Play (R.A.P.) uses a variety of activities and books to engage parents and young children in productive play while at the library. The R.A.P. stations will be located in the children’s areas, and available during normal library hours at the Daniel Boone and Florissant Valley branches and at Library Headquarters.
The R.A.P. stations are part of St. Louis County Library’s emphasis on early literacy. They are based on principles established by Every Child Ready to Read, an educational effort supported by the Public Library Association and Association for Library Service to Children. The stations are designed to be used by children ages 3-6 with a parent or caregiver.
Each R.A.P. activity is based on one of the ECRR concepts: talk, play, sing, write and read. Activities can be as involved as using a grocery cart and cash register to do some pretend shopping (numbers, counting, vocabulary), learning the days of the week with a flannel board (vocabulary, sequencing, concepts), or as simple as playing with puppets (narrative skills) and sitting down with a parent to read a book.
Activities will have directions as well as information about which concept is being promoted. The intent is for parents to guide their child through the activities. New R.A.P. themes will be created throughout the year; all 20 County Library branches will have a R.A.P station by the end of 2014. A financial literacy–themed station is the first and will be available at the following branches:
Daniel Boone Branch, 300 Clarkson Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011
Florissant Valley Branch, 195 New Florissant Rd. S., Florissant, MO 63031
Headquarters, 1640 South Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO 63131
The Public Library Association (PLA) and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) assert that public libraries can increase early literacy by educating parents and caregivers. If the primary adults in a child's life learn more about the importance of early literacy and how to nurture pre-reading skills, the library’s efforts are reinforced.
For more information about R.A.P., call 314 994-3300.