The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

March 3, 2013

An early boost for readers

JOHNSTOWN — Beginnings Inc. is working to make readers out of children at an early age.

The nonprofit agency recently received a $500 grant from the Penelec Fund for the Future of Greater Johnstown, a fund within the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, to establish the Keep Books program for families participating in its Parent and Child Together playgroups.

“We actually had this program two years ago, and it’s a way to get books into the hands of kids. And the books are theirs to keep and take home,” said Marcia Schilli, assistant executive director of Beginnings Inc. “The books focus on nursery rhymes and stories in that type of genre.”

The playgroups bring children starting at toddler age together, along with their parents and siblings, for socialization in small groups that involve play and interaction.

The groups meet at the Johns­town location at 111 Market St. and in Ebensburg at 405 S. West St., with sessions scheduled on various days of the week.

The Keep Books program was created by Ohio State University to promote reading and home and school literacy connections. It addresses the need for inexpensive but appropriate books in the home, creates positive communication between children and parents and enhances achievement because children are motivated and encouraged to read at home.

“We purchased several hundred books and they are a series so they wouldn’t be handed out all at once,” Schilli said.

She added that some families who utilize the playgroups don’t have age-appropriate books at home, so the sooner they can expose children to the books and reading the better.

“Children will be better prepared for preschool and ready for kindergarten and eager to learn when they get there,” Schilli said.

The hope is to continue with the program.

“We did a survey with parents the last time we did this, and it showed they are spending more time reading with their children, so we’re seeing results,” Schilli said.

For more information or to register for the playgroups, call 539-1919.

About the Keep Books program:

• The groups meet at the Johnstown location at 111 Market St. and in Ebensburg at 405 S. West St.

• Sessions are scheduled on various days of the week.

• For more information or to register for the playgroups, call 539-1919.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • foust_25 Teen shot in Oakhurst

    A 16-year-old New Jersey boy was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center on Thursday after being shot three times in the Oakhurst section of Johnstown.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Audit: City overspent by $700G in 2013

    Legacy costs contributed significantly to the city of Johnstown coming up $689,000 short in its core services funding during 2013.

    July 24, 2014

  • Kuzma, jonathan Guilty plea in hammer death

    The Johnstown man who authorities said killed his father with a hammer last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal homicide, authorities said.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • quecreek rescue Events to mark anniversary of Quecreek rescue

    When word spread that nine Quecreek miners were trapped underground in July 2002, Bill Arnold’s dairy farm quickly became the rescue effort’s ground zero.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Huger, Stephen Accused Hornerstown shooter will stand trial

    A Johnstown man will stand trial in connection with a July 12 shooting in the Hornerstown section of the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tribune Treasure!

    July 24, 2014

  • Board names Zahorchak’s successor

    The Greater Johnstown school board at a special meeting Thursday named a superintendent to replace the retiring superintendent, rehired its last business manager and approved other administrative appointments.

    July 24, 2014

  • Pasquerilla, Mark Pasquerilla recognized as arts patron

    First lady Susan Corbett announced Thursday from the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pa., that Mark Pasquerilla of Johnstown has earned the Patron Award from the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ebensburg gets ready to party

    Party down with a shutdown.
    Downtown Shutdown, a street party featuring music and food, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday in downtown Ebensburg.

    July 24, 2014

  • ROTARY Local Rotary Club earns recognition

    The Rotary Club of Johnstown was named Outstanding Large Club of the Year in District 7330, which serves 42 Rotary Clubs in seven counties in southwest Pennsylvania, at the Rotary District 7330 and District 7300 Joint Conference that was held June 26 through 29 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo


What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
House Ads