ORONO - Some staff members at the University of Maine are hoping pizza boxes will hold the key to promoting early literacy.
UMaine's Fogler Library is teaming up with Old Town's elementary school and public library to encourage young children to read.
The "Literacy to Go" program includes themed pizza box kits, each with three books inside, to help children interact with stories and informational texts.
"The intent is that each of the library sights, including the Fogler Library here on campus, will have 20 kits and they're all on a variety of different topics that would be appropriate for pretty much anyone working with young kids," says Susan Bennett-Armistead, the Associate Professor of Literacy Education.
Librarians will be taught how to use the kits, and further develop the program.
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