Now that you’ve gorged your sweet tooth with Halloween treats, how about feeding your brain?

In 1994 the 103rd Congress passed joint resolution 413 designating Nov. 1 as National Family Literacy Day. This designated day kicks off National Family Literacy Month for the entire month of November.

Did you know the single greatest indicator of a child’s success is the literacy level of their parents? Did you also know that parental involvement in a child’s reading is an important determinant of language and developing literacy? The month of November shines a spotlight on how families can work together to increase literacy rates and instill a love of learning.

A day or month focused on literacy can promote reading through the entire community. Research has shown that when families read together, it can create lifetime memories as well as lifelong learning.

Components of an excellent family literacy program involve the entire family – children of all ages, parents, grandparents, etc. – regardless of the reading ability of each person. Some ideas to encourage reading at home would be having older siblings read to their younger siblings.

Practice reading together, plan themed reading nights, and incorporate fun accessories, i.e. bookmarks or crafts. Involve distant family by having them read aloud over FaceTime or Skype. Organize a children’s book club, share family pictures and stories on social media using the hashtags #FamilyLiteracyDay,  #FamilyLiteracyMonth or  #NationalFamilyLiteracyMonth. Read a book version of a movie and after you finish the book, watch the movie and compare the two. Start a book swap with family and friends. Make books a topic of discussion at family dinner. Reading to or with your child at least 15 minutes each day, as well as making the library a regular family destination can be beneficial.

The Warsaw Community Public Library has numerous programs that promote family and literacy. On Mondays there is “Monday with Teddy: Baby Story Time” from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays has “Toddler Tuesday Story Hour” from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday is “Preschool Story Time” from 10 to 10:30 a.m. For the month of November the library also has “Writer’s Club” from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Nov. 19.

This month, get the whole family snuggled up on the couch and open up a good book. Come discover all the ways Warsaw Community Public Library rocks, and if you haven’t already make this the time to get and use your library card.