Read Aloud Readers
Bring Me A Book Franklin volunteers read aloud to Early Head Start, Head Start, licensed day care centers, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms on a weekly basis.
Bring Me A Book Franklin recognizes that parents and caregivers have many demands on their time and energy. In addition, many of the parents and caregivers do not have reading skills.
With this in mind Bring Me A Book Franklin also trains older children, typically 5th graders to become Read Aloud Readers for the Pre-K and K children. The fact that young children “look up” to older children as role models adds special meaning to the Read Alouds. The program offers the added benefit of increasing the fluency and adding to the self-esteem of the older children.
Bring Me A Book Franklin trainers do the initial training after which the school or agency coordinates and directs the ongoing program. Read Aloud Reader programs are currently active at the Apalachicola Bay Charter School in Apalachicola and the Nest (after school program) in both Eastpoint and Carrabelle.
Read Aloud Readers log their reading time and are given Bring Me A Book t-shirts and business cards at important service milestones.
In 2010, Carol Barfield of the Franklin County Library’s TIGERS/KITS program carried out an innovative program training older children to read to their younger siblings and their young friends.