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West Virginians Invited to Participate in WV Family Read Week

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November 11-17, 2018 is West Virginia Family Read Week. 

The West Virginia Library Commission, provider of state library information and services,promotes the week as way to improve academic success and family bonding.

According to numerous national studies, children who were read to frequently are generally more successful in the classroom:

  • Children who were read to at least three times a week by a family member were almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading compared to children who were read to less than 3 times a week -  National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

  • By the age of 2, children who are read to regularly display greater language comprehension, larger vocabularies, and higher cognitive skills than their peers - Child Development (2006)

  • Children growing up in homes with at least 20 books have an educational advantage over children from bookless homes - Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations (2010)

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Karen Goff, WVLC Executive Secretary, says, “Reading to children is a tried and true way to improve academic success.  It also brings families closer together; and families that read together, explore, discover, and create together.”
The Library Commission encourages families to visit their local library and read a book together duringWest Virginia Family Read Week.To learn more on how to promote family reading, contact your local library.

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