Reading: Club doing good work promoting literacy

Most parents understand it is essential to read to their kids, and to foster them a love of reading that leads them to curling up with their own books one day. But not all parents have the resources to provide the reading material they’d like for their kids.

Enter the many local organizations that have set up Free Little Libraries throughout our region. One of those groups is the Parkersburg Woman’s Club and its education committee.

They set up library sites at Eagle Park and Neale School in Vienna, Worthington Elementary, Madison Elementary, Parkersburg High School, the Knights of Columbus on Market Street, and two in City Park. And, they distributed 5,000 books to those sites in 2019.

But they’ve taken the encouragement of literacy a step further and established the Snuggle Bugs Reading Club for Wood County second-graders.

What a wonderful way to pull kids away from all those screens and get them in the habit of turning to books, instead; particularly when they get a chance (after a book has been read to them) to choose some books for themselves, find a spot to get under their blankets and read by flashlight.

Thank goodness for those who are helping parents and teachers get fired up about reading books. We’ll all be better off for it one day.