GOAL Program Helps First Graders Build Reading Skills

GOAL Program Helps First Graders Build Reading Skills
YORK, PA – York County Libraries want to give a library card to every first grade student in York County this fall as part of their 15th Grade One At the Library (GOAL) program. There is no cost to participate, and parents can sign their children up through school and online at www.yorklibraries.org. First graders who are already library members can participate, too.
“First grade is a great time to connect with York County Libraries. Reading is fun at YCL because students are able to select books to match their interests and growing reading levels,” says York County Youth Services Director Jaclyn Cassidy. “Staff are ready to help get that perfect book into young readers' hands, encourage a love of reading, and spark their curiosity. 
After registering for the GOAL program and receiving their library card in the mail, first grade students are encouraged to visit the library to check out some books and pick up participation prizes. One of the top prizes is a copy of “Tall Tall Tree” written by featured GOAL author Anthony D. Fredericks. Participants will have an opportunity to meet Fredericks and get their books signed during the GOAL Celebration event for participants and their families. The event will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 12 at Dover Area Community Library, which is located at 3700-3 Davidsburg Road in Dover.  
PeoplesBank has been a sponsor of the GOAL program since its inception in 2008. During those years, a total of 38,785 first grade students received a library card. “Getting a library card and learning how to read establish a crucial foundation for success in school and future employment,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “Our libraries support parents and children in discovering books and educational programs that ignite the child’s excitement for reading and a thirst for learning.”
Fredericks is Professor Emeritus of Education at York College of Pennsylvania where he taught teacher education and writing courses. He is the author of over 160 books. His award-winning children’s books include “Desert Night, Desert Day”, “A is for Anaconda: A Rainforest Alphabet”, and “Tall Tall Tree.”  He is the fifth nationally known children’s author selected to encourage York County first grade students to read. Previous GOAL authors include Tedd Arnold, Will Hillenbrand, Peter Catalanotto and Lindsay Barrett George. Each author is involved for three years and visits York to inspire children to read and learn.
York County Libraries include 13 libraries that provide the latest in print and electronic information, best sellers, Wi-Fi, story times, book discussions and more. Their librarians are passionate advocates for lifelong learning, providing opportunities and resources for all ages. Through early childhood literacy programs, they ignite a love of reading and learning in young children and empower parents as their children’s first teachers. To learn more about York County Libraries’ programs, services, and resources, go to yorklibraries.org.

For more information:                                                 
Deb Sullivan
Community Relations Director              
York County Libraries
159 E. Market Street
York, PA 17401