BY5 September 2015 Newsletter

READY SET READ Program READY to schedule pop-up reading sessions!

 The READY SET READ Task Force group has been planning and training a new core group of READY READERS for the pop-up reading sessions throughout the community.  We have a list of 11 trained volunteers who are ready to provide these FREE pop-up reading sessions at events and opportunities that we know families and children will be in attendance.  The goal of the programs will provide pop-up reading and language enrichment sessions throughout the community that model and demonstrate that reading is fun, engage children and provide books.  In just 4 sessions READY SET READ program has distributed over 800 books to children in our community and provided reading sessions to more than 400 children, all out in the public where kids can see that reading happens everywhere!  We have received new books from Back to School Teachers Store, Purdue Extension and WIPB wrote a grant and was awarded over 900 books which were donated to support these efforts.   You can help in a couple of ways:
  • Volunteer to become a READY READER
  • Schedule a READY SET READ pop-up reading session where young children and families will be present!
  • Donate new or gently used books for distribution for the literacy efforts of BY5.
Email or call 765-216-7423

The eagerly anticipated start of the Nurse Family Partnership Program is upon us!  It is with much excitement that the rollout of the Nurse Family Partnership Program is happening in East Central Indiana right now!  The program has hired two of its nursing staff and have started accepting enrollment inquires from new first time mothers prior to their 28th week of pregnancy, to pair them with a nurse.  The nurse will coordinate visits with the expecting mother throughout the remainder of the pregnancy and up until the child turns 2 years old.  BY5 worked to recruit the Goodwill/Nurse Family Partnership to our area, after it was identified as a strategy that was needed to support new mothers and infants in our community.  Help us spread the word to the community that this program is here and is recruiting!  New moms can call 317-524-3999 for more information , or can complete a form from the link provided: .

BY5 Welcomes two new faces

BY5 is pleased to introduce Kristine Withem. Kristine is a practicum student from Ivy Tech studying Early Childhood Education.  Kristine is from San Diego, California and plans to return to San Diego to complete her work towards her bachelors degree.  Kristine says " I am excited to learn about what opportunities BY5 is working on with the community.  This experience will help me be more involved with helping children, not only within a classroom.  It will also allow me to get information out to the community about how important learning is for children before the age of five."  Kristine will be working on helping the Ivy Tech School of education involved with the READY SET READ program.

BY5 is pleased to introduce Marissa Rose. Marissa Rose has worked with books, literacy, and education for her whole career. She graduated with a degree in Library Media and Computer Education in 2010 from Ball State Teacher's College. In the past, she has worked with Muncie Public Library as a Digital Media Coordinator, where she helped her fellow community members become more technologically literate. She has also volunteered for several community organizations to help them utilize technology for promotion.  

     You may begin seeing these "Little Houses" popping up all over the county in the next few months.  Little Free Libraries is a worldwide effort to encourage reading by placing these houses in public places so people can "Give  a Book and Take a book".  BY5 is working to coordinate a community a wide effort to have tons of these throughout the county and the goal is to empower a joyful culture of literacy by supporting a network of little free libraries in Delaware County, IN. 
    Currently 5 pilot sites are creating Little Free Libraries and in total 13 Little Free Libraries have been built or are in the planning stages.  Anyone can do this, but by coming through BY5 we hope to create a network of libraries, and provide support for people wanting to do this.  We also will provide a plaque, put it on a map, provide 10 FREE children's books a year to put into the library and BY5 bookmarks to go inside.  An information al packet has been created by the task force that outlines rules and regulations and how to get started.  The packet can be obtained by emailing  We hope to have the link on our website in the very near future. A community wide Birthday Celebration will take place soon to celebrate the "birth" of the BY5 Little Free Library Network. Be on the lookout for more information about that soon. 

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