The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is helping children read earlier.
It's been one month since the library opened its early childhood literacy center.
Jerry Winkle, library director, says you can think of it as a do-it-yourself pre-school.
Winkle says the program is free, and it is a way to get children reading before they start formal education.
"A true partnership between parents and children is the most important thing," said Winkle. "We're seeing a lot of learning opportunities going."
In 2011, the library surveyed residents, asking them what they felt were the most important needs of the community.
The number one response was for the library to provide a way to get children ready for school.
In the past month, hundreds of children and their parents have stopped by.
The entire project was funded through donations, and it cost just $3,400 to build.
The Early Childhood Literacy Center is open weekdays, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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