Pella Public Library
Early Literacy Mentoring Association (ELMA) is a program geared toward educating parents about the incredible importance of early literacy and getting kids excited about books, reading and their local libraries.
Why early literacy?
Children need to hear 1,000 stories read to them before they begin to read for themselves.
Birth to age eight is the most critical period of literacy development.
- Children who have not been read to from birth find school more difficult.
An ELMA book bash is a celebration of books geared to children ages 0–5. Each book bash features a popular children’s book. Book Bashes are held at the Pella Public Library from 10:00 am–11:30am. All the services sponsored by E.L.M.A. are free of charge.
The Bash will be filled with fun crafts, activities and games based on the featured book.
As a parent, you have the opportunity to spend a fun morning with your child and receive a FREE copy of the featured book (while supplies last) to add to your family’s library and make a difference in your child’s future.