CART pro­gram re­turns for 11th year at Cum­ber­land County li­braries

Teach­ing young chil­dren read­ing readi­ness skills.

The Amherst News - - COVER STORY -

AMHERST – Cum­ber­land Pub­lic Li­braries is once again of­fer­ing an ex­cit­ing pro­gram for fam­i­lies with preschool­ers.

The pro­gram is called CART, or Chil­dren and Adults Read­ing To­gether, and it is spon­sored in part by Fam­ily Learn­ing Ini­tia­tive En­dow­ment Fund.

The fo­cus will be to teach read­ing readi­ness skills to chil­dren ages three to five in or­der to help pre­pare them for their first year of school.

This is the 11th year the li­brary has of­fered the pro­gram and it has proven to be very ben­e­fi­cial to those chil­dren who have par­tic­i­pated in the past.

Through a va­ri­ety of sto­ries, songs, games, and print re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties, the chil­dren will learn about let­ters and words and how they go to­gether to form sto­ries. Par­ents or care­givers will par­tic­i­pate with their child and will learn new ways to in­tro­duce read­ing into all as­pects of ev­ery­day life.

Re­search shows that read­ing suc­cess starts with young chil­dren en­joy­ing sto­ries. Hav­ing their par­ents share the ex­pe­ri­ence with them makes it twice as much fun! Come see the won­der on your child’s face as they learn to love books and read­ing.

CART is open to chil­dren ages three to five with their par­ent or care­giver. The pro­gram is free but re­quires an eight-week com­mit­ment.

The pro­gram runs in four lo­ca­tions and peo­ple must call to pre­reg­is­ter.

In Amherst it runs Thurs­days from 1 to 2:30 p.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. start­ing Oct. 5 (902-667-2549). In Ad­vo­cate it runs on Fri­days from 10 to 11:30 a.m. start­ing Oct. 6 (902-392-2214), in River He­bert it runs Wed­nes­day from 1 to 2:30 p.m. be­gin­ning Oct. 4 and in Parrs­boro it runs on Fri­days from 1 to 2:30 p.m. start­ing Oct. 6 ((902-2542046)

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