State Library Recognizes Hilton Library  Best Practice

The Read Together Backpacks at Hilton Library have won a $500 prize for a Best Practice in Early Literacy from the New Jersey State Library. Four libraries in the state were awarded this prize.

Hilton Library has about 25 of the child-sized backpacks filled with materials…books, manipulatives, CDs, puzzles, and other items to encourage parents to be part of their children’s introduction to reading.

The check was presented to Jennifer Burkholder, Hilton’s children’s librarian, at the State Librarian’s breakfast during the New Jersey Library Association Conference in Long Branch on May 4.

Jennifer will also be part of a panel presentation on May 10 in Atlantic City for The NJ Head Start Association Conference. She will describe and demonstrate how the Read Together Backpacks help parents and caregivers encourage language and pre-reading skills in children from birth-6 years.

Hilton Library is also featured in a Best Practices booklet that the State Library will distribute at both the NJLA and NJ Head Start Conferences.

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