Reading aloud with children helps children to develop language and literacy skills, and has been described as the single most important activity for success in reading.
Reading proficiently by third grade has been determined as a critical benchmark for long term success in school.
First 5 El Dorado invests in early literacy through its Ready to Read at your library program.
In 2018-19, the Library engaged 2,093 children birth to 5 and 1,506 parents and caregivers in literacy activities.
The majority of families surveyed indicated that they read to their children at least 5 days a week (331 or 88%). Of that total, 287 (or 76% overall) indicated reading to their children every day.