The Importance of Reading to Kids

Turn The Page has been lucky to partner with the Roanoke Public Libraries in distributing the board book Roanoke Baby to moms and babies at the NICU and Labor and Delivery floor at Carilion Hospital.  Roanoke Public Libraries has benefited from the strong leadership of Library Director Sheila Umberger, and we consider her to be a valued partner and colleague in our mission to give new books to all babies born in Roanoke and sharing the importance of reading out loud to babies and children.

So, we are thrilled to announce that The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the 2016 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Umberger!

While Umberger has led a team of library staff in developing innovative programs for children and teens, Star City Reads may be Umberger’s crowning achievement. Launched in 2012, Star City Reads is Roanoke’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading coalition, focusing the entire community on the goal of having children reading proficiently by the end of third grade. In collaboration with a dozen partners, ranging from Virginia Tech to Turn The Page, Star City Reads reached into every segment of the Roanoke community, even launching Books on Buses, a mobile lending library available on three Valley Metro bus lines.

Umberger has taught us that when community partners and organizations work together for a common goal, good things happen!