The Victoria County United Way has launched its Tiny Library incentive and WE are invited to partake in the deliveries!

The Victoria County United Way latest incentive, Tiny Libraries, is well on its way of being a great success! As an initiative to get books into the hands of our young community, Tiny Libraries' success is a culmination of community members coming together for the benefit of offering our youngsters a head start in cognitive development as well as encouraging parent and child time together reading.

Jill Blucher, Community Engagement Coordinator, offers, " Our Tiny Library program places stocked reading nooks in Crossroads daycares and other places kids gather. This initiative aims at putting books in the hands of young children and their families, and to encourage them to read together. Reading to young children is proven to improve cognitive development. Reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, can help with language acquisition and literacy skills. In fact, a recent brain scan study found that “reading at home with children from an early age was strongly correlated with brain activation in areas connected with visual imagery and understanding the meaning of language” (TIME.comStudies have shown that “the more words that are in a child’s language world, the more words they will learn, and the stronger their language skills are when they reach kindergarten, the more prepared they are to be able to read, and the better they read, the more likely they will graduate from high school” (PBS.org). " Jill offers.

Citizens Medical Center funded and helped build the Victoria County United Way's first 8 reading nooks, and Joshua Bonorden of Victoria managed the building and fabric design as his Eagle Scout project!

Having partnered with Redbird Bookstore, Texian Books, and the Victoria Public Library to collect books with which to stock the shelves they have nearly 500 books to date.

The first Tiny Libraries will be delivered on Tuesday, August 25thRugrats Playcare at 101 Stonewood in Victoria will receive theirs at 2 pm. The Learning Garden at 234 N. Gohmert in Yorktown will take delivery at 3:15 pm. Jill asks that if you will be attending, please wear your mask and be prepared to have your temperature taken before entering the buildings.

Mark your calendar for August 25th and join the Victoria County United Way in their Tiny Library incentive.

The volunteers are (left to right) Skylar Nelson, Stacy Gasch, and David Illingworth

If you'd like more information on how you can contribute call  361-578-3561 x301 or email Jill directly at jill@unitedwayvictoria.org.

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