Welcome the Growing Like a Read program. To introduce you to what GLAR is all about, the Pioneer Library System has filmed and included a fun and informative video series for library customers.

If you would like even more detail about GLAR, please take a look at the information provided below to learn more about the basics of this early childhood reading program.


GLAR or Growing Like a Read is a project of the Pioneer Library System that promotes brain development for literacy skills in children from birth through age 4 through reading, talking, playing and singing.  It was originally funded through a grant from the Inasmuch Foundation.

man reading to child


GLAR is intended for parents and caregivers and their children in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties.  Day care providers receive special materials to work with groups.  Children’s librarians at each Hometown Library will model GLAR rhymes and activities in story times, toddler times, Rhythm Babies, and Rhythm Toddlers programs.


Research shows that it’s the one-on-one interaction between parent and child that is critical for early learning.  Early reading has lifelong consequences.  Research shows that children who enter kindergarten unprepared cannot catch up.


GLAR activities are suggested for any place parents and their children can be together:  at home, on the go, at the library, in the store, at bedtime.


Often!  Because repetition is the key.  The more often a beloved role model speaks, reads, or sings to a child, the stronger the neural pathways in the child’s brain become, the more words a child learns, the more sounds and rhythms of speech s/he can interpret, the more stories s/he understands and can tell, the more connections between words and print s/he can make, and the more s/he will be soothed and enchanted by books.


Visit a Hometown Library and tell the Children’s Librarian you want to participate in Growing Like a Read.  As long as supplies last, s/he will provide to each family:  a tote bag to carry library books, a stand-up book of rhymes, songs and finger plays, an activity log matched to the child’s age, a copy of our nursery rhyme CD, and a copy of the PLS WORD Magazine explaining the program and the research behind it.

This program is intended for all your children under age 4.  You will receive additional activity logs matched to their ages.

Day care providers receive a set of posters that correspond to the individual stand-up book.  Contact your Hometown Library for a set for your center. 

Special pre-literacy training is provided to day care providers by Pioneer Library System in cooperation with your county Health Department, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Success by Six, or other training partners.  Contact the PLS Center for Readers' Services at 405-801-4585 for more information, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Start today…and watch your children grow!

More Involved?

Online registration will be coming soon for you to keep a log of books your child has read, see books other families are reading, track activities/skills, see upcoming children's events, and print activity sheets and a nursery rhymes book.


¿Qué es?

GLAR o “Convirtiéndose en lector “es un proyecto del Sistema de Bibliotecas Pioneer  que promueve el desarrollo del cerebro en los niños recién nacidos hasta los 4 años de edad en el área de la lectoescritura a través de la lectura, la conversación, el juego, y el canto. Originalmente se fundó a través de con una beca de la Fundación Inasmuch.

Family reading¿Para quién es?

GLAR es para los padres, los cuidadores de niños y los niños dentro de los condados de Cleveland, Mc Clain y Pottawatomie. Las proveedoras de cuidado infantil reciben materiales especiales para trabajar con grupos. Una instructora para niños en cada una de las bibliotecas del condado les demostrará como decir las rimas, y las actividades durante la hora del cuento, la hora del cuento para bebés y la hora del cuento para niños pequeños.

¿Por qué?

Las investigaciones demuestran que la interacción entre el padre y el niño es esencial  para el aprendizaje del niño pequeño. Leer desde pequeños tiene consecuencias que durante toda la vida. Las investigaciones también demuestran, que los niños que comienzan preescolar sin estar preparados, más tarde no pueden llegar al nivel que les corresponde a su edad.


Se sugiere realizar las actividades GLAR en cualquier lugar que los padres, los cuidadores y los niños puedan estar juntos: en la casa, yendo a algún lugar, en la biblioteca, en la tienda, a la hora de ir a dormir.


¡Lo más frecuente posible! por que la repetición, es la clave. Cuanto más seguido una persona del entorno cercano del niño le habla, le lee, o le canta, se desarrollarán de mejor manera  los senderos de las neuronas en el cerebro del niño, cuanto más palabras un niño aprende, más sonidos y ritmos del lenguaje él o ella pueden interpretar, cuántos mas cuentos él o ella pueden comprender y contar, más conexiones entre las palabras y la letra impresa él o ella pueden hacer, y mas él o ella serán confortados y embelesados por los libros.


Visite la biblioteca de su ciudad y dígale a la bibliotecaria del sector para niños que usted quiere participar en el programa “Convirtiéndose en lector”.

Cada familia recibirá una bolsa de lona para transportar los libros a la biblioteca, un libro con espiral de rimas y canciones, una hoja de actividades apropiada a la edad de su niño, un disco compacto de canciones infantiles o un libro, hasta que se agoten los materiales disponibles.

Este programa está orientado para niños de cualquier edad hasta los 4 años.

Usted recibirá hojas de actividades según la edad de su niño.


¡Comience hoy…y vea cómo crecen sus niños!


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