The Chickasha Public Library will host a Ready2Read@YourLibrary storytime and training on Tuesday, March 22 at 10 am in the library meeting room 527 W Iowa Ave. Ready2Read is a preliteracy initiative to encourage parents and caregivers to read to their children. In addition, ready2Read provides training to maximize reading readiness during storytimes. This free program will last about 40 minutes and is open to children, parents, caregivers, library staff, and volunteers. For additional information, please call 405-222-6075. Valerie Kimble, past children’s librarian at Pioneer and storyteller extraordinaire, has volunteered to do training across the state to maximize preliteracy skills during storytimes.
Valerie Kimble is a retired children’s librarian. She has told stories in schools, libraries, churches, treatment centers, daycare centers, Head Starts, and performing art centers to audiences of all ages for over 40 years. In addition, she trains other librarians and storytellers in doing storytimes with young children. Valerie lives in Norman and is the co-author of several articles on early literacy programming in Oklahoma.
The Library agrees to be part of the Ready2Read project, sponsored by Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO) and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL), with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the American Rescue Plan (ARPA).