Free reading program in Hancock County inspires young children to read

Free summer reading program helps little ones prepare for Kindergarten

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Experts agree - reading to your children is one of the best things you can do to help them grow up happy, healthy and ready to learn. Did you know two-thirds of the language a person will use as an adult is acquired by age three? That's one reason Excel by 5 wants to get little ones excited about reading.

Hancock County's Excel by 5 coalition is inspiring young readers right now by partnering with the Hancock County Library System for a free, interactive summer reading program specifically geared to children birth to age five.  It's called the "Rubber Ducky Club."

"We read a book, we have a theme," explained Excel by 5's Cathy Wilson. She said the program offers much more than just story time. It also helps introduce children to a whole set of skills needed before starting Kindergarten. "We sit at centers, which they'll experience when they get to school. And we do some activities, whether it's fine motor skills or working with some manipulatives. We do counting. We've really incorporated a lot of activities into each theme, but we've made it really fun so they maybe don't even know they're learning while they're doing all that."

The Rubber Ducky Summer Reading Club continues for children birth to age five through June 24th, and it's completely free.  Activities will be offered once a week at each of Hancock County's four public libraries.  All sessions start at 10:30 am.

Mondays - Waveland Public Library
Tuesdays - Pearlington Public Library
Wednesdays - Bay St. Louis / Hancock County Public Library
Thursdays - Kiln Public Library

If you'd like more information, please call (228) 467-5282.

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