DANSVILLE — The community came out to honor family literacy night at the Dansville Primary School on April 25.
Dansville Primary School Librarian Janelle Rinker started family literacy night for Pre-K students a year ago to help kids with access to books whose families couldn’t afford it.
The Pre-K favorite “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” was a big hit again this year, and there were more activities centered around reading.
Rinker’s Readers partnered with Dansville Public Library, Livingston County WIC, and Dansville ArtWorks again this year.
“We had a lot of activities planned for this year,” Rinker said. “It is great to see new people supporting it, and having other teachers help with the event. All of the Pre-K students get a free copy of ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’ to take home.”
“This is really humbling, because it has grown a lot,” Rinker continued. “It is great to get books into people’s homes who can’t afford it. My goal is to give tips on all the ways the parents can use this one book to interact with the children. I want to help parents start their own reading traditions.”
This event shows that you don’t need 1,000 books in your household to have fun interacting while reading.
“I am so thankful for the community support,” Rinker said. “There have been many donations and school grants to Rinker’s Readers. It is very uplifting to see everyone enjoying what we are trying to do.”
Brandy Finocchario, Dansville Public Library children coordinator said that she loves the Rinker’s Readers program.
“Janelle does such a wonderful job,” she said. “This is a really great program for our community. It is a positive thing for the school to have. It is a great way to get children involved in reading. We love to be a part of this every year.”
Linda Brokaw, Dansville Primary third grade teacher was there in honor of Dansville ArtWorks to show all the ways children can be creative with one picture.
“I think this is an awesome opportunity for children,” she said. “We are showing how an artist uses all these different techniques in a photo. I can see a lot of enthusiasm with children taking part in the activities this year.”
The activities included art, selfies, crafts, scavenger hunt, and much more.