Be READy Rover

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The Be READy Rover is an educational mobile unit dedicated to the promotion of reading readiness in young children. Early Literacy Outreach Specialist Leah Kistler works with in-home childcare providers to demonstrate 6 different Reading Readiness skills: Print Motivation, Vocabulary, Print Awareness, Phonological Awareness, Narrative Skills, and Letter Knowledge. Providers have access to lending books, educational toys, materials and activities during these visits. These monthly visits are FREE, and use the TALK, SING, READ, PLAY, WRITE formula. A monthly newsletter is then sent to the home childcare providers as a summary of the month’s lesson, as well as suggestions to other activities they can do with their children. 

The Be READy Rover is a service provided by the Library System of Lancaster County in conjunction with Luthercare for Kids. 

For more information, please contact:  

Leah Kistler
717-207-0500 ext. 1201 

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About Leah Kistler:

Leah Kistler is the newest Early Literacy Outreach Specialist, as she began working for the Library System of Lancaster County in January 2023. As the newest specialist, she will be driving the Be READy Rover all over Lancaster County to continue to grow the current relationships and to build new relationships with in-home childcare providers and their children, bringing new and exciting stories and crafts every month. One of Leah’s favorite parts about working for the Be READy Rover is working with the children. Leah says, “When I walk in, the children remember me from past visits and get excited to see me. They know that I bring books to read and fun activities to do with them. Seeing that joy to read with me makes this all worthwhile.” 

In December 2022, Leah graduated from Kutztown University with her Bachelor’s in Education – Library Science. She is now starting on her Master of Science in Library Sciences – with a concentration in School Librarianship and a Certification as a Reading Specialist at Pennsylvania Western University. In her free time, Leah likes to read, spend time with family, and play with her two cats, Miles and Willow.