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Video: Parent involvement improves early childhood literacy at DiscoverREAD centers

"They have STEM activities, legos, a grocery story, which is their favorite thing. And all these wonderful books."

DiscoverREAD is an interactive space inside eight branches of the Memphis Public Libraries. The program aims to help children five and under learn how to read with facilitated parent engagement. This is a look inside the DiscoverREAD center at the Cornelia Crenshaw Library in South City.

The space is open during regular library hours, but children can also attend scheduled DiscoverREAD days at  seven Memphis library locations:

Cornelia Crenshaw, 531 Vance Avenue
Benjamin L. Hooks Central, 3030 Poplar Avenue
Frayser, 3712 Argonne Stree
Levi, 3676 Highway 61 South
Parkway Village, 4655 Knight Arnold Road
Gaston Park, 1040 S. Third Street
South, 1929 S. Third Street
Hollywood Library, 1530 N. Hollywood Street

Support for this story was provided in part by the Urban Child Institute; it is one article in a series highlighting the impact and importance of early childhood education.  The Urban Child Institute focuses its grant making, advocacy and community support on kindergarten readiness and third grade literacy in an effort to improve the education, health and well-being of children and families in Shelby County.
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