This month the State of Kansas is promoting the 6 x6 Ready to Read Program;

six literacy skills by the age of six.

This program has been developed to encourage parents to start reading to their preschooler from the start, birth to six.

By taking time to read to your child will help develop the skills that they will need to recognize words; words that when put together form a sentence and so on.

The library has available a handy set of hard cards with helpful ideas on having fun with books, notice the print all around you, talk, talk, talk-building vocabulary. Tell stories about everything (and in every way), look for letters everywhere, and take time to rhyme, sing and play word games.

A timely donation came to the library from Pastor Troy Risley, Columbus, of handmade wooden magnets.

These magnets have been shared with USD 247 Preschool at Weir, Faith Tabernacle's preschool program, Weir, and the preschool program through Interlocal 637 at Park Elementary in Columbus.

The magnets come in pairs of brightly painted shapes with raised wooden images and letters to encourage sight and touch recognition.

Parents as Teachers has a toy lending library chest that parents may borrow a learning toy just like a book.

The Weir Library offers a preschool story time on Tuesday mornings, 10:30 to 11:45 in the activity area where children can read, work on puzzles, color, build, sing and wiggle.

Parents will find story, picture, rhyming, counting, board books, shape and color books to check out for their preschooler.

Take advantage of your area libraries and what they have to offer no matter what your age and remember to read for fun.