The Wire - August 2019

August 2019 Director’s Note Gary Branson Executive Director This year’s Summer Reading Club once again exceeded our expectations. Our staff took summer programming to a whole new level with a jam-packed schedule almost every week in June and July! The finale celebration was es- pecially exciting, as we closed Greenwood Ave. for our second Summer Reading Club Block Party. Kids enjoyed the bounce houses, games, and music—not to mention the many prize draw- ings for those who completed their summer reading. Sponsorships from the Marion Star and Gannett Founda- tion , in addition to our local Ro- tary Club , allowed for bigger and better programs all summer long. We also thank our local businesses for donating prizes and coupons that encourage kids to keep reading all summer long. Their collaboration makes Sum- mer Reading Club a very special Marion tradition. For more program information and updates, visit or call 740-387-0992 OhioHealth recently increased its invest- ment in a partnership with local literacy initiative Let’s Read 20 by pledging to fund the popular Book & Bib program for 2019 -2020. The Book & Bib pro- gram, started in 2018, focuses on early child- hood literacy by ensur- ing that parents of every newborn at Marion Gen- eral Hospital receive materials for encourag- ing the habit of reading from a very young age. In addition to a gift bag containing a book and “Read to Me” bib, parents re- ceive information about the importance of early childhood literacy and how to obtain a My First Library Card from Marion Public Library. Reading is similar to any other skill in that it must be practiced daily to de- velop proficiency. Research has also shown that it is never too early to begin reading to a child and that there are many fundamental skills that must be learned before literacy can take root; things we often overlook like holding a book right side up or how to turn its pages. “This donation is so impactful for Let’s Read 20 because now we can funnel more resources towards our fundamen- tal mission,” said Wat- son, “which is to drive the message of reading 20 minutes each and every day to develop those literacy skills.” OhioHealth Sponsors Let’s Read 20 Book & Bib Program Marion Public Library received a grant from United Way of North Central Ohio that provides funding for a popular program that incorporates music therapy with early childhood literacy. The funds will go towards the services of a board certified music therapist who has extensive experience in programming for young children. Music Time is designed for children birth to 5 years of age and their caregivers, with special attention given to make the program wel- coming for non-neurotypical children. The 30-minute ses- sions are designed to stimulate a child’s development through playful music and motion activities. Stay tuned for dates and times for this program, which will be offered multiple times each week with occasional evening time slots. United Way To Sponsor Music Time @ The Library