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Idaho Libraries Get “Cheesy” to Get Families to Read Together

November 15, 2007

Boise, ID – A little mouse is making a lot of noise in many public libraries across the state this week. The best-selling kids series featuring a mouse who is a newspaper reporter is being showcased in many libraries to encourage families to read together. Ann Hankins with the Kuna District Library says the goal is to get families to invest 20 minutes a day in reading.

"Kids who are read to are more enthusiastic about reading themselves, and parent or adult involvement increases comprehension."

Hankins says it's never too early to start the habit of family reading. They even have a story time just for babies as young as two weeks old and their parents.

"They're likely to remain life-long readers if they start young, and when there's an adult participating."

Hankins says adults reading out loud to children also improves kids' narrative skills and vocabulary, and inspires many to write their own short stories, all important school skills. The Idaho Commission for Libraries helps coordinate "Idaho Family Reading Week."

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - ID