Reading Ready Pittsburgh's Family Newsletter
supporting families to foster a love of reading 

Reading Ready Pittsburgh's
First Storytime at the Laundromat

On August 27, 2022 Reading Ready Pittsburgh hosted a Storytime at the Laundry House in Homestead in the newly renovated Family Read, Learn, and Play area. Children usually loathe boring laundromat trips with their caregivers, but Reading Ready Pittsburgh is out to make the routine more exciting!

The kick-off party boasted free Kona Ice, free laundry wash and dry, a raffle for a basket of laundry supplies, and free books for the kids. There were even special guest readers from partner organizations Carnegie Free Library of Homestead and Steel Valley Family Center as well as Cynthia Battle and Learning and Education Daycare director Danielle Daye.

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Laundry Storytimes:

November 10, 2022, March 16, 2023, May 18, 2023

Includes free laundry services for families who participate!

Creating a Reading Routine
for Your Family

Some helpful tips to creating a reading routine are to plan time to read with your child daily. Reading before bed can be calming for your child. Encourage your child to turn off technology and "snuggle in" for a good story!
Another tip is to keep a book in your bag for when you get a few quiet moments together. It could be on the bus, waiting for an appointment or at the laundromat.

Don't forget to be a reading role model. 
Show your child that you love reading too!
Let's Read a Book!

September Book Recommendations
Enter to win using the link below!

Board Book
Wheels on the Bus by Sylvie Kantorovits
Singing supports and encourages even the youngest child's speech and listening skills, which makes Wheels on the Bus perfect for early learning. 

Picture Book 
The Pigeon Has to go to School! 
by Mo Willems
Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn't like it? What if the teacher doesn't like him? What if he learns
Enter here for a chance to win a copy of our
September Book Recommendation!
Complete the form by 9/30 to be entered into the drawing. 

Upcoming September Literacy Events

Family Book Club w/ Bad Guys: Watch the new Bad Guys Movie and receive your own box set of the books it's inspired by on Sept. 10 from 1-3PM. If you come back to talk about the book on Sept. 20 @ 5 PM, you'll get a free dinner & your own Bad Guys character plushie. Carnegie Library of Homestead

Storytime at Amity Garden: You are invited to Storytime at Amity Garden on September 18, 2022 10-12pm. Reading Ready Pittsburgh,  Amity Community Garden, Steel Valley Family Center and the Carnegie Library of Homestead to provide storytimes, activities, and apple taste-testing. See you there!

Teachable Moments w/ WQED: Come see short videos that “extend the learning” at home & do fun family activities w/ WQED educators on Sept. 27th @ 6 PM. Best for kids in grades K-2nd 
Carnegie Library of Homestead

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