The Dayton Metro Library Foundation prioritizes enhanced education initiatives in its funding of DML programs. LOVE THEM OUT LOUD is an award-winning program of the Dayton Metro Library that meets that goal. With support from DML Foundation, and many private funders including the PNC Foundation, the Rotary Club of Dayton and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the program offers parents/caregivers an easy-to-use early literacy kit to take advantage of the critical period of development from birth through pre-K.
Individuals and organizations can purchase Love Them Out Loud kits, through the Foundation, to bring these early literacy resources into their own homes. At this point, we are only able to accept credit card purchases (processed through a secure site with our partner Authorize.net).
“Love Them Out Loud helps parents boost their baby’s brain development and ability to learn language in fun and bonding ways,” says Kathleen Moore, Early Literacy Specialist for the Library. “It’s the gift of early literacy.”
LOVE THEM OUT LOUD
Baby Kits -- $10/kit + Shipping New parents are eager to give their babies the best start in life, and parents are their child’s first (and best) teacher. Love Them Out Loud supports parents by showing them how reading, playing, singing, and talking are the foundation for developing a lifetime of learning.
Each specially branded box contains:
an original board book titled I Love You Out Loud, which entertains babies with rhymes and colorful illustrations, while depicting for parents some of the simple things they can do to engage their child in learning;
a hands-free easel flipbook offers caregiver tips along with rhythmic games for babies.
a Library Card application, so parents can begin to access the materials and resources that are available to them at their Library. (Note: Library Card applications are interchangeable to promote your local library.)
LOVE THEM OUT LOUD, On the Go!
Toddler Kits -- $12/Kit + Shipping After the great success of the first Love Them Out Loud kit, Dayton Metro Library was dedicated to continue the learning by creating a resource for toddlers, Love Them Out Loud, On the Go!
The On the Go! kit includes:
a second board book, telling the story of the toddler learning while out in the community;
a box covered in rhymes for hand-eye playing and reading;
a shaker egg, which complements the toddler’s development and aligns with early literacy skills;
an invitation to receive DML “Text Tips,” to leverage opportunities that encourage learning through everyday experiences.
The toddler stage is a great time to reinforce the active things in everyday life that are teachable moments. Because quality early education looks like play, simply using the Toddler Kit sets parents and children on the right path for early literacy! There’s no pressure – just play!
Coming Soon: LOVE THEM OUT LOUD: PreK Kits
“The staff and families are loving the new library resource. We are so grateful to have the resource and want to do whatever we can to help make them successful and more available.” ~ Pam Albers from Help Me Grow/Brighter Futures
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Rotary Club of Dayton and the PNC Foundation.