Save the date: Ready to Rock and Read events in Mountlake Terrace, Brier

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Read and Rock graphicTo help young children get ready to read, Sno-Isle Libraries is hosting a series this fall that uses singing, music and movement, including sessions in Brier and Mountlake Terrace.

Joy Feldman, early learning coordinator for Sno-Isle Libraries, said the series called “Every Child Ready to Read and Rock!” features entertaining and engaging performers, many of whom also happen to be recognized experts in early literacy.“

Charlie Williams and Nancy Stewart are ‘The Chancy and Narly Show,’ but Nancy is also a national advocate for communities singing together and she has a strong early literacy background,” Feldman said.

Another performer in the series is Charlie Hope, winner of the Juno Award and three International Independent Music Awards. Hope will visit the Brier Library Thursday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. and the Mountlake Terrace Library Thursday, Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Charlie Hope’s music is full of melody, cheer and sing-able songs for the whole family.

Also on the list is Christine Roberts, founder of Seattle-based Nurturing Pathways which focuses on the role movement plays in early childhood education.

Ray Soriano, an early childhood educator and teaching musician, will use his West African drums and instruments to explore rhythms and Ian Dobson’s Steel Drum Party uses singing and dancing to engage and prepare young minds for reading.

“Parents and caregivers can bring children to these programs for a fun, entertaining experiences, but also know that they are providing an important learning opportunity,” Feldman said.Supporting early literacy is part of the strategic plan of Sno-Isle Libraries.“Our ‘Ready Readers’ program includes the five practices of reading readiness, talking, singing, reading, writing and playing,” Feldman said. “In addition to in-library programs, we have videos and resources for parents to help their children.”

Sno-Isle Libraries also offers a series of STARS classes aimed at early childhood educators, parents and caregivers. The free classes are led by Sno-Isle Libraries staff who are state-approved trainers and have an expertise in early literacy and early learning. The classes meet the ongoing professional development requirements outlined by the state Department of Early Learning.“We know that these kinds of early literacy experiences can help prepare children for success as readers,” Feldman said.

You can see the complete list of classes on the online calendar here.

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