ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY LAUNCHES EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY PROGRAM  

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (October 19, 2016) —The Orange County Public Library is pleased to announce a new early childhood literacy program called Time to Read. The program involves four components—a  community outreach literacy educator, professional development for local childcare teachers, literacy workshops for parents, and themed Storytime-To-Go educational bags. For more information about Time to Read, visit www.bit.ly/ocplttread or contact Stephanie Knop, at 919.245.2532 or mailto:msknop@orangecountync.gov

“Our first childcare partners, Tiny Tots and Tiny Tots, Too in Hillsborough have been eager to work with us,” said Knop, Time to Read community outreach literacy educator. "They are excited to provide professional development for teachers and how-tos for parents. And it’s rewarding to know the library is a resource that can meet those needs.”

Knop has been a youth services librarian at the Main Library in Hillsborough for the past two years. Prior to working at the library, she taught elementary school. This new position enables the library to address parent, teacher and community engagement to benefit young learners ages birth to five.

The bulk of funding for Time to Read comes from a grant from the Orange County Partnership for Young Children, a local nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that all young children arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. Additional funding for the program has been provided by the Friends of the Orange County Public Library and the Orange County Public Library.

“We’re always trying to find new ways to reach out into Hillsborough and rural Orange County,” said Robin Pulver, executive director of The Orange County Partnership for Young Children. “Partnering with the Orange County Public Library will allow us to combine our resources with the library’s expertise and reach underserved areas of the county.”

The Orange County Public Library has four locations: The Main Library at 137 W. Margaret Lane, downtown Hillsborough; the Carrboro Branch at McDougle Middle School, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Chapel Hill; the Cybrary at The Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro; and, the Library Station at the Cedar Grove Community Center, 5800 N. Highway 86, Hillsborough. Free parking is available at all locations. For hours of operation and complete service and program information, please visit www.bit.ly/ocplibrary.

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