Ready to Read Expands Early Literacy in Lucas County

Posted on November 27, 2019

by Ryan D

Asia Nail saw firsthand what Ready to Read at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) can do. Nearly a year ago, the program opened her eyes to the power of storytelling and singing at home. Those tools helped greatly expand her daughter’s vocabulary.

“I feel like Ready to Read is a good Samaritan effort,” she said. “We’re becoming so computerized, taking the human element out of so many things. Ready to Read takes the time to explain how their program doesn’t leave a child behind.”

TLCPL recognizes how the years before kindergarten matter in the future success of a child. And yet, nearly two out of three Toledo children are not ready to begin kindergarten. Ready to Read launched in 2014 to develop key early literacy skills. It has so far reached nearly 20,000 families, distributing more than 5,000 early literacy kits and resources to families throughout Lucas County.

I feel like Ready to Read is a good Samaritan effort.
Asia Nail

The program emphasizes early literacy through activities such as talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. For children from birth to preschool, it can leave a profound effect on their school success. Ready to Read meets families in public places, including grocery stores, gyms, waiting rooms, public transportation and hospitals, said Jillana Williams, early literacy librarian.

“Our goal is to empower families with early literacy tools they can use to encourage their little ones to be lifelong readers and learners,” Williams said.

Nail, 38, of Toledo said she appreciates Ready to Read’s insight into long-term goals and day-to-day growth. She and her daughter, now 4, read together each night. The program helped bring them even closer together.

These important resources are available right now through your Toledo Library. Ready to Read serves a community need. Contact the program with general questions or regarding training sessions at and 419-259-5253.

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