Below are links that can help you learn more about the importance of reading with your child and resources to help you integrate reading into your daily routine. See what Addison County parents have to say about the Imagination Library on our testimonials page!
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - learn more about this program that has gifted 150,000,000+ books to children in 5 countries, including 150,000+ books to date through Addison County Readers!
Children's Literacy Foundation - offers literacy programs for at-risk children up to age 12 in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Raising Readers - this Maine based literacy program offers valuable resources on their website including What Is Early Literacy? and Why is Early Literacy Important?
DPIL Parent Resource page - includes a selection of videos with tips for reading specific books kids receive from the Imagination Library.
CLiF Literacy Training Videos - offers tips on reading and sharing stories with babies, toddlers and school-age children.
Addison County Public Libraries
There are 13 public libraries serving Addison County, Vermont. This list, maintained by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, includes the street address, website, hours, email and phone number for each. Children in Leicester are welcome to use the Brandon Free Public Library.
NOTE: While many libraries are restricting in person access due to COVID, most are offering online book reservations with curbside pick up and drop off.
These online offerings are available to children from any town:
The Children's Program page offers many COVID friendly ideas.
YouthTV offers a wealth of video options to keep kids engaged at home.
The Virtual Kids Room page offers a great online alternative to in-person Story Hour -- on pause due to COVID.
The Story Time Shorts page allows you to watch story time from anywhere. Each video is under 10 minutes.
Minibury Current information about activities, events and all things kid-related in Addison County (Addison Independent)
Kids VT A resource for family-friendly events, activities, camps and classes across Vermont (Seven Days)
The inside jacket of each DPIL book includes tips for how to read the book to your child.