The Charles R. Wood Foundation funds the program, with the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation helping to support Literacy Volunteers’ coordination of the effort.
As the children start to expect the packages every month, they also develop an important sense of ownership over their growing libraries, Erkenbeck said.
“One little child, when Mom was trying to open up the package, realized it was his and said, ‘No, no, no, that’s mine,’” she said.
Brean said reading with Natalee is helping develop her reading skills from an early age.
“I want her to be forward, not behind,” she said.
“Backward, you mean,” Natalee corrected her mother.
Then she began reciting the alphabet.
FREE CHILDREN'S BOOKS
To sign up a child for the Imagination Library, call 564-5332.
The Journey into Reading program also gives out free books to children, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at near Kay Jewelers at the Champlain Centre mall in Plattsburgh.
LITERACY TUTOR TRAINING
Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County is looking for volunteers to train as tutors to help teach basic literacy and reading.
No special skills are required. Training begins with orientation Tuesday, Feb. 4; basic-literacy training on Thursday, Feb. 6, and Tuesday, Feb. 11; and concludes with a session on successful tutoring skills on Thursday, Feb. 13.
Classes, all required, are from 2 to 5 p.m. in Room 049 in the basement of Hawkins Hall at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Tutors are paired up one-on-one with students and meet at least two hours a week. For information, call 564-5332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.