Baby Bookworms helps promote early learning

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Reading is the key to good grades in school and success as an adult; that's why The United Way and Knox County teamed up for the Raise Your Hand campaign. It's a campaign that encourages the community to volunteer and read especially at a young age.

The Cedar Bluff Library is just one of the Knox County Libraries that holds a reading program called Baby Bookworms. It's a chance to get youngsters in the habit of reading and being read to.

Tre Hargett, Tennessee Secretary of State joined the bookworms to promote reading. "Early literacy is so important because the first 5 years of a child's life are the most formative years of a child's brain. If a child doesn't get the opportunity to read books they'll end up behind in school."

But that won't be the case for dozens of children who showed up at the library for the free reading program.

Marsha Mitchell and her grand-daughter Ava Selecman were just two of the bookworms at the program.

"We come every Thursday if possible to try to instill a love of learning and a love of books. Right now her favorite book is Goodnight Moon so we look for it every time we come to the library."

It's a good habit that Marsha and many others are passing on to the next generation.

If you're interested in programs at the library; check out the link below.


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