2018-2021 Literacy Plan

In January and February 2017, the Library surveyed nineteen different groups, including Leavenworth service and civic organizations, library users, library support organizations and City officials. We asked each group how the Library could best serve our community. 405 residents responded and their top choice was to Create Young Readers. Their second choice was Family Literacy. The Library prioritized services, budgets, programs and other activities around those choices for the next three years. Below are specific efforts we
are introducing in 2018. For more details, read the Library’s full Strategic Plan 2018-2021.

Primary Role: Create Young Readers

Children from birth to 5 will have programs and services designed to ensure they will enter school ready to learn to write, read and listen.

New Activities

In addition to our existing Storytime and Wiggle Workshop activities, the Library is offering more early literacy opportunities for this age group and their parents.

  • Baby Time – Activities for babies age 6 to 18 months which introduce early literacy skills through play, rhymes, songs and movement. Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30 to 10 a.m.
  • Teddy Bear Storytime – Reading activities for toddlers, preschoolers and their favorite stuffed friends that build vocabulary, listening and social skills. Every Wednesday 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – Parents participate by reading to their child, with the goal to finish 1,000 books before they enter Kindergarten. Launching Summer of 2018.

Secondary Role: Family Literacy

Adults and teens will have the support to improve their literacy skills in order to meet personal goals and fulfill their responsibilities as parents, citizens and workers.

The following activities are currently being planned and will be added in 2018:

  • Literacy tutors
  • Digital literacy classes
  • Emerging reader collection