York County Libraries Celebrate First Grade Readers

York County Libraries will celebrate first grade readers, teachers and libraries that are participating in this year’s Grade One At the Library (GOAL) program.  The celebration will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 13 via Zoom. Featured GOAL author Anthony Fredericks will share stories and read his book “The Tall Tall Tree.” Teachers and students who achieved the highest classroom participation have a chance to win a visit from Fredericks for their school.  Teachers attending the celebration will be entered into a drawing for a virtual class visit from ZooAmerica. The winning classrooms will be announced at the end of the event. The family-friendly event is free to attend and open to the public. Interested individuals can sign up on the yorklibraries.org event calendar.  
The annual GOAL initiative aims to give a library card to every first-grade student in York County. According to York County Youth Services Director Jaclyn Cassidy, over 37,000 (and counting) library cards have been distributed to first graders since York County Libraries and PeoplesBank launched the program in 2008.  Since that time, GOAL students have borrowed over one million books.
“We are so excited for families to discover what the library can offer children who are learning to read,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “Our libraries offer fun educational programs, easy reader books for developing skills, and knowledgeable youth services staff members that can help families find the books and resources they need.”
This is the second year that Fredericks is serving as the designated GOAL author.  He is preceded by well-known children’s authors Tedd Arnold, Will Hillenbrand, Peter Catalanotto and Lindsay Barrett George.  Each featured author is involved for three years; coming to York to inspire kids to read, draw, and learn from the world around them.  Fredericks is Professor Emeritus of Education at York College of Pennsylvania where he taught both teacher education and writing courses.  He is the author of more than 160 books.  His award-winning children’s books include “Desert Night, Desert Day”, “A is for Anaconda: A Rainforest Alphabet”, and “Tall Tall Tree.”
York County Libraries include 13 libraries that provide the latest in print and digital information, best sellers, Wi-Fi, digital story times, online book discussions and 80 databases. Their extensive collection of over 700,000 items includes over 80,000 digital library materials for loan.  All are available for free with a York County Libraries card.  Community members without a card are invited to request one at yorklibraries.org at no cost.

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