Take 5 And Read To Kids! Campaign Coming to a Library near you!

The fourth annual Take 5 and Read to Kids campaign, a partnership between the Ventura County Star and First 5 Ventura County to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood literacy is coming to Ventura County Libraries all throughout the month of May!

Take 5 encourages parents and caregivers to talk, read, and sing with young children ages 0-5 to support their early language and literacy development. Studies have proven that when you talk, read and sing to children from birth on, you promote and support early language and literacy development. 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age 5, and children are affected by experiences from early on, even before birth.

Reading early and often can give Ventura County children the start they need to succeed in school and in life. We want parents and everyone in the community to become champions of early literacy, and all it takes is reading with a young child for a few minutes each day.

Library Dates

  • Camarillo Library:
    • Monday 5/6 10 a.m. with Supervisor Kelly Long, Tuesday 5/7 10 a.m. with Mayor Kildee, Wednesday 5/8 10 a.m. with Councilmember Susan Santangelo
  • Thousand Oaks Library
    • Wednesday 5/8 at 11:15 a.m. City Manager Andrew Powers, Thursday 5/16 at 10:30 a.m. with Supervisor Linda Parks
  • Ojai Library
    • Wednesday 5/8 at 10:30 a.m. with Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin
  • Blanchard Library
    • Wednesday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. with Santa Paula City Councilmember Jenny Crosswhite
  • Piru Library
    • Wednesday 5/8 at 3 p.m. with Marco Garibay from Ventura County Sheriff’s office
  • Fillmore Library
    • Wednesday, May 15 at 11 a.m. with Fillmore City Councilmember Manuel Minjares

For Program information: Lauren Arzu, First 5 Ventura County Program Manager at 805-648-9989 ext. 226 or email [email protected]

Little readers with Rep. Julia Brownley

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