Ashland Business Association funds children’s online reading program


Ashland – The Ashland Business Association (ABA) has announced that it will donate $300 to the Ashland Public Library to help underwrite the children’s TumbleBooks program, an online collection of animated, talking picture books that teach young children to read.

To fund the full, one-year subscription, the donation will be matched by ABA member and vice president Mike Kane from 126 Self Storage.

“The response from the ABA to donate to the TumbleBooks program was unanimous,” Kane said. “We are pleased to be able to give back to the community, especially during this season, to help the library serve the children of Ashland.”

Lois McAuliffe, Director of the Ashland Library Children’s Services, said the subscription is heavily used in homes and at the schools.

“Our subscription was used over 7,000 times in 2014,” McAuliffe reported. “TumbleBooks is perfect for a beginner reader because each word is highlighted as you listen to it and read along. It’s also good for anyone who is learning English as a second language because you hear the words pronounced as you read them.”

“The library would not be able to offer this program without help from Ashland businesses,” McAuliffe added.

For more information, call the Ashland Public Library, Children’s Room, at 508-881-0134 ext. 5.

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