New Mexico’s largest library system has opened its first early literacy center.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and First Lady Maria Berry opened the first center Wednesday. It’s located at the Main Library in downtown Albuquerque.
The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System is also planning to open two more centers.
The early literacy centers will focus on using a variety of talking, reading, writing, playing and singing activities to get children ready to read. The activities will be based on a program developed by the American Library Association.
Grants from The Stocker Foundation and Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories are helping with the creation of the centers.
The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System has 17 locations and manages the circulation of more than 4.5 million materials.