Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Jan Jablonski Early Literacy Training Center

Noyes LibraryOn March 11, 2017, County Executive Isiah Leggett will dedicate The Jan Jablonski Early Literacy
Training Center, which will open at the Noyes Library for Young Children. Through the Early Literacy Training Center, Montgomery County will be better equipped to ensure all children have developed the reading, listening and writing skills needed to enter school ready to learn.

The Jan Jablonski Early Literacy Training Center will provide:
  • Professional development for children's librarians, students enrolled in information science programs at local colleges and universities, daycare providers, and early childhood educators.
  • Programming development for all branches of Montgomery County Public Libraries.
  • Access to current early literacy materials, programs, and activities for parents and professionals.
  • Programs and training from visiting scholars.

The Early Literacy Training Center is named for and dedicated to the memory of Jan Jablonski who was a longtime advocate for the Noyes Library for Young Children. Ms. Jablonksi was one of the founding members of the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation, the all-volunteer group that raised thousands of dollars to keep the historic library, believed to be the oldest public library in the Washington, DC, area, open through two rounds of cuts to the budget for Montgomery County’s library system.

Ms. Jablonski worked for about 15 years as an economist before getting a Master’s Degree in early childhood education and switching to a job as a preschool teacher. She and her husband co-authored a grant application to the American Physical Society (APS) in 2014 to create a “Penny Theater” program for presenting children’s picture books that was introduced at Noyes and other library branches throughout the County. She died on July 18, 2016, leaving behind a legacy of advocacy, not only for Noyes Library, but for all children.

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