Raising a Reader

The Rochester Public Library has been an affiliate of the National Raising A Reader Program since 2012. Raising A Reader has become central to the services RPL offers families because of the positive impact on our community.

Raising A Reader is a nonprofit organization that helps families develop, practice, and maintain literacy habits critical for a child’s success in school and in life. Raising A Reader’s mission is to engage parents and caregivers in a routine of book sharing with their children from birth through age eight to foster healthy brain development, healthy relationships, a love of reading, and the literacy skills critical for school success. The Raising A Reader program is evidence-based, with more than 21 independent evaluations, showing that Raising A Reader significantly improves language and literacy skills, school readiness, family reading behavior and parent-child bonding.

We serve these childcare sites to offer weekly bookbag rotation when school is fully in session:

During remote learning, we have adjusted the program so that all families can visit any Rochester Public Library location, Fairport Library, or Ogden Farmers Library to check out blue Raising A Reader bags. Each bag contains four high quality children’s books. The bags are labeled for ages 0-2, 3-4, or 5-8 and have one bilingual book in each bag. Please click here to see what bags are available.

For caregivers, we have developed a series of videos designed to replicate the in-person family programs. Each video highlights a different skill. The videos are prerecorded and can be viewed in any order. For anyone needing access to a computer and/or wi-fi, the Central Library can provide access. Call 428-8156 for more information.