WSKG is one of over 30 PBS stations expanding the PBS KIDS Raising Readers Library Corners program at the Steele Memorial Library. Additionally, the Steele Memorial Library will receive ongoing implementation and support from WSKG throughout the summer.
As part of the initiative, each Library Corner is equipped with an array of multimedia resources including 26 interactive reading activities and a corresponding DVD. The activities and clips were developed and taken from research-based PBS KIDS Raising Readers early childhood literacy television programming including SESAME STREET; WORDWORLD; SUPER WHY!; BETWEEN THE LIONS; MARTHA SPEAKS and THE ELECTRIC COMPANY. Additionally, kids and parents are being encouraged to supplement their efforts with online activities at PBS KIDS Island (found at ReadyToLearnReading.org), a Web site with games designed to help preschool-age kids master literacy skills at eight different levels.
Additional resources include engaging media-rich activities that range from librarian-led activities to self-directed games and content for kids. All of these materials were created using a literacy framework based on National Reading Panel of 2000 recommendations and encompass skills such as letter recognition, print awareness and vocabulary instruction.