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New program helps bilingual parents bond with their kids

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 21 2014 09:11:07 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 21 2014 09:51:41 PM CDT

Bilingual parents in the Lehigh Valley now have a new way of bonding with their children while working on their language skills at the same time.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Bilingual parents in the Lehigh Valley now have a new way of bonding with their children while working on their language skills at the same time.

Stephanie Fisher, family coordinator with the Literacy Center of the Lehigh Valley alongside MaryAnn Przekurat, executive director, and others announced the start of a new Family Literacy Program at the Allentown Public Library Thursday morning.

“We started this new Family Literacy program that's really looking at the full picture of how teaching the parents can help the children and teaching them together has many benefits for the child's education,” said Fisher.

The program provides bilingual books to be checked out from the library in a variety of languages including Spanish, Arabic, French, German and Korean.

Fisher says the majority of books were found in local stores and on Amazon and adds anyone who wants to donate books is more than welcome to at the center's offices.

Depending on the success and the funding of the program, the Literacy Center hopes to spread the same initiative to other local libraries throughout the Lehigh Valley.

The books run the gamut for all ages and can be checked out like any other book from the library. Fisher says they hope to expand their collection in the coming months.

"Those books that we all love to read we can ensure that the next generation of Lehigh Valley residents has the chance to enjoy those books as well," said Fisher.

The Literacy Center is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based out of Allentown.