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Phoenix Public Library is changing family behavior around reading by challenging children (12 and under) and their caregivers to take the We Read 30-day Challenge February 1 – March 31, 2014. Kids who read for 30 days will earn a free We Read t-shirt and caregivers who read TO children for 30 days will earn a free reusable cotton tote bag. Challenge logs are available at libraries or on the library website.
The Friends of the Phoenix Public Library and Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange present Storyfest on Saturday, February 22, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. This fun-filled, family celebration of reading features story time, programs, activities, face painting, costumed characters, and much more!
Phoenix Public Library is hosting a free developmental screening for children ages 3-5 on Thursday, February 27, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. The free screening is provided by Arizona Literacy & Learning Center and covers vision, hearing, articulation, language, concepts, gross and fine motor skills, pre-literacy, social and emotional skills. Screenings are 75 minutes long and are by appointment only. Parents must contact Arizona Literacy & Learning to reserve a spot by calling (602) 212-1089 ext. 201 (English) or (602) 212-1089 ext. 202 (Español).
DISCOVER Summer 2014 at Gateway Community College
A variety of summer experiences are being offered for K-12 students who are in the age range of 13-18 years old. Students can explore careers and in some cases even earn college credit! New activities begin each week in June 2014 featuring educational activities, arts and crafts, science experiments, and field trips. Visit gatewaycc.edu/discover or call 602-286-8130 for more information.
Free Prescription Discount Card
The free Phoenix Coast2CoastRx prescription drug discount card has saved Valley residents more than $10 million in less than three years. Anyone can use this free card at almost any pharmacy as many times as needed. It gives customers an average discount of 65 percent off the retail price. No application or personal information is required to get a prescription drug discount card. Also it can help people with dental, visual, hearing, and pet prescriptions, and more. The city of Phoenix is not spending any money on the program - it actually generates revenue for city programs and services.
“Our students and families are very appreciative of this resource and several of them have returned to obtain additional cards for other family members or to seek assistance in finding additional discounted services,” said Cyndi Tercero, dropout programs developer, Phoenix Union High School District, where prescription discount cards have already been distributed. “The discounts in dental care also are a blessing in helping families find discounted services with a trusted dentist.” Several local school districts are distributing cards through school offices, nurses and social workers.
Additional information can be found at coast2coastrx.com and free cards can be printed at coast2coastrx.com/phoenix. If you are interested in receiving and distributing prescription drug discount cards, contact Natalia Cuneo at 602-534-0115 or email email@example.com with the following information: Contact name, name of the school, mailing address (no PO Boxes), and phone number.
Phoenix Public Library in introducing a new STEM-based story time for preschoolers! DiscoveryTime is an early literacy program that includes informational text as well as math and science concepts designed for 3-5 year olds accompanied by a caregiver. Curriculum is aligned to Arizona Common Core standards for Kindergarten.
Phoenix Public Library offers a reading screening the first Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. The 30-minute screening for K-3rd graders is provided free of charge by specially-trained staff who will determine the child's reading level. If a child is not reading on grade level, staff will offer suggestions, activities, and materials for caregivers to use with the child. Referral information will be made available to those families whose child may need professional assistance. The last appointment starts at 1:00 p.m. In addition, each library has books organized by beginning reading level and handouts available full of tips for parents to help children become better readers. For more information call (602) 262-4636. This free screening is provided by the Arizona Literacy & Learning Center.
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