On Saturday, March 29, the Oconomowoc Public Library and Books and Company will be sponsoring “Baby, Let’s Read: a Family Reading Summit”. The program will be held from 1- 3 p.m. at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 South St.
From 1 – 2 p.m., the session will help parents understand the importance of reading to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Highlights of the program include a presentation by Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, pediatrician, assistant professor of pediatrics, occasional children's librarian, public health professional and child health advocate. He is the founder and director of the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects at the University of Wisconsin, and is the founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin. Dr. Navsaria’s presentation will stress the importance of early childhood reading exposure as an indication of academic and professional success later on in life. Volunteers will supervise children while parents attend the presentation. Simultaneously, in other areas of the library, Storybook Enchantment Princesses and Star Wars characters will be present for photo opportunities, a read-aloud session will be taking place for children, and the presentation will be shown via live video feed for those parents needing to stay with their children in the library.
The big highlights of the event -- the Reading Pledge and book giveaway -- will begin at 2 pm following the presentation. Families will be asked to pledge to read as much as possible to their birth to 5 year olds. Each young child in the family will receive a free book. According to organizers, the idea behind the pledge is to help parents commit to reading as much as possible during those formative years.
Several methods will be discussed to help parents with their commitment to read. A blog will be established to assist the pledgers to stay on track. Pledges will also be displayed at the Oconomowoc Public Library to remind people of their commitment to help these kids become as successful as possible.
If you have any questions, please contact Ray McKenna or Betsy Bromley at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 262-569-2193 or Lisa at Books & Company, 262-567-0106.