School readiness book instills a love of libraries and books in young readers

Lola at the Library

Mark Richeson, Ironworkers Local 498, reads December's school readiness book to students in Miss Joann's pre-k class

(Rockford, Ill. - 12/03/2015) – This month, over 4,000 pre-k students will receive Lola at the Library  / Lola en la biblioteca as part of December's book title for Success By 6® Page Turner Reading Program. The program is part of United Way's school readiness initiative that helps children birth to age 6 learn, grow, and enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Members of Northwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council introduced and read the book to pre-k students at Fairview Early Childhood Center.

In Lola at the Library, it's Tuesday --- and on Tuesday's, Lola and her mom go to the library. But before her mom is even out of bed, Lola has packed her backpack with her library books and her card. Written by Anna McQuinn, the simple text and large, bright acrylic illustrations make this book perfect for instilling a love of libraries and books in young readers.

Each month during the school year, pre-k children receive their very own age-appropriate book selected by early childhood specialists. Children begin to build their personal libraries and parents receive tips on ways to engage their young child in learning at home. Teachers also incorporate activities developed around each book title into their classroom curriculum. Books and materials are provided for English- and Spanish-speaking families.

United Way of Rock River Valley, in collaboration with City of Rockford Head Start, The Diocese of Rockford, Harlem School District #122, Kreative K, Montessori, Rockford Lutheran School, and Rockford Public Schools District #205, assists educators in developing pre-literacy skills in students that are essential for kindergarten readiness. Since the majority of brain development occurs between birth and age five, quality early learning and care programs have a profound impact on lifelong success and support cognitive, social and emotional development.

For more information, visit United Way's Success By 6 initiaitive or contact Ella Nelson, Impact Coordinator, by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley creates lasting change for everyone in Winnebago and Ogle counties by reducing childhood poverty and building hope for families in neighborhoods. We unite people and organizations to focus on results-driven solutions that create a community of healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to make the change happen.