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Print Motivation

Print Motivation is a child's interest in and enjoyment of books. A child with strong print motivation enjoys being read to, plays with books, pretends to write and asks to be read to. 


Children who enjoy books and reading will be curious about reading and motivated to learn to read for themselves. Encourage print motivation in your child by making shared book reading a special time, keeping books accessible and letting your child see that you enjoy reading.

Fun ways to learn print motivation:

  • Use funny voices and gestures while reading with your child.
  • Stop (or shift gears) when it is no longer fun. Length of time is not important. Having fun is!
  • Have a comfortable area to share reading time together.
  • Read while your child is playing with blocks, cars, puzzles, etc.—they’ll still be soaking up all that rich language while keeping their hands busy!
  • Trips to the library are fun, motivational and FREE!
  • Jul
    15

    A Universe of Stories - Tail Waggin' Tutors

    10:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    Whether you're a new reader or just want practice, sign up for 15 minutes of read-aloud time with gentle, certified therapy dogs. Tryggur and Poppy are great reading buddies and supportive listeners! ...

  • Jul
    15

    Onsite Help/Ask a Techspert - Buckeye Lake

    10:00 AM @ Buckeye Lake

    Do you have a question about technology? Drop by or schedule an appointment about your laptop, smartphone, tablet, Kindle, software or other technology needs. Call 740.349.5509 today!

  • Jul
    15

    A Universe of Stories - Family Space Sessions: I Spy Space Table

    10:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    Drop in every week for a new adventure through space. <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"> Theme: I Spy Space Table

  • Jul
    15

    FREE "picnic style" lunches this summer!

    12:00 PM @ Downtown Newark

    Anyone 18 and under can stop by the Downtown Newark Library from 12 - 1pm, Monday - Friday, for a healthy meal from June 3 through August 21. No questions asked.

  • Jul
    16

    A Universe of Stories - Family Space Sessions: I Spy Space Table

    10:00 AM @ Johnstown (Mary E. Babcock)

    Drop in every week for a new adventure through space. <p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal"> Theme: I Spy Space Table