Of the many local programs that are funded by the United Way, the Mifflin County Library shines as an agency that is committed to educating the next generation. Susan Miriello, Youth Services Librarian, creates a fun and welcoming environment for children to come and learn. The United Way helps to fund Story Time for three different age groups, which range from infancy to kindergarten. These groups meet for six weeks each season and enjoy reading, songs, playtime, and crafts.
Heather Radle, a loyal patron of the Mifflin County Library, consistently brings her son Reggie to Baby Story Time. She says she appreciates the opportunity to participate in an activity that is “educational for him and will help to develop his brain.” The mother-son duo has been attending Story Time with Miriello for the last year. The United Way’s funding is actively contributing to the literacy of local children by distributing free baby books to Baby Story Time visitors. Radle says that 14-month-old Reggie’s favorite book is “Snuggle Puppy,” a story he was able to keep as a part of the program. Miriello commented that “the parents really appreciate the baby books. We couldn’t do that without the United Way’s help.”
The Children’s Department will also be offering a new program for preschool teachers in the coming months. This program is in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS), which is offers professional development and technical assistance to early childhood and school-age specialists in Pennsylvania. The United Way is aiding in the introduction of this program which will raise the overall quality of life in the region. Miriello is looking forward to working with early education experts once the necessary certification is completed.
The Mifflin County Library's commitment to education is an important piece of our coummunity's development; With the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata's 2013-2014 campaign now in full swing, it has never been a better time to give where you live.