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. 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.

  • Lapsit – 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.
  • Online Storytime – an archive of recorded Library story times children can enjoy whenever it is convenient for parents and kids. 
  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – Parents participate by reading to their child, with the goal to finish 1,000 books before they enter Kindergarten.

Secondary Role: Family Literacy

The Library will provide adults and teens support to improve their literacy skills in order to meet personal goals and fulfill their responsibilities as parents, citizens and workers.