Colleen Koebel, Read2Me program leader
Thank you, Colleen, for your dedication to our mission!
June’s Helping Hands Club inductee is Colleen Koebel, the new Read2Me early literacy program leader.
In April 2015, Colleen embarked on a new journey with The Harbour. The Lake Zurich native was sifting throughout volunteer opportunities online when she came across something new from The Harbour. A new early literacy program was taking shape and a leader was needed to head the program.
"I'm a children's librarian, when I read about that The Harbour was looking for help developing an early literacy program, I was excited to become involved." -Colleen
Since April, Colleen has been busy creating and implementing, Read2Me, an early literacy program for The Harbour's STEPs families. Each month families will receive books, activity kits, and a newsletter with tips on reading aloud, book suggestions, and a reading log for parents to keep track of how many minutes they spend reading with their child. Excited to put her professional experience to work, Colleen is ready to help promote early literacy to teen parents. Reading aloud to children for 20 minutes a day helps to develop early literacy skills that provide an important foundation for school success. Reading aloud fosters imagination, increases vocabulary, and helps a child to understand the world around him/her. It is also wonderful way for parent and child to bond.
"I am most excited to help create and establish a home library filled with books for each family is very exciting. Books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault represent the very best of children’s literature and are perfect for reading aloud by parents and children over and over again. My hope for the program long-term is to make reading aloud an essential part of each day. In addition to creating a home library, I would like to see that each family obtains a library card from their public library and makes use of the many resources and programs available to them." -Colleen