Special edition library card helps students take a look in a book

West Florida Public Libraries and the Escambia County School District are teaming up to ensure every student in Escambia County will receive a special edition library card this week. Read full story


Shannon’s Window: How T.R. Jackson builds youngsters and their families

Helping children succeed in school sometimes includes helping their parents fill the gaps in their own education. And that's how you change lives. Read full story


FSU research looks at boosting early reading

This year the goal is to see how much training teachers need to implement successful strategies

Researchers at Florida State University have spent six years studying how young children learn to recognize letters, read words and then put them in context to learn to read. It is research that has included children — and teachers — in the Pensacola metro area. Read full story


‘ReadyRosie’ a bright spot in early learning

Ready Rosie promotes early learning by providing an online parent engagement tool that models fun and easy literacy and math activities for young children. Read full story


Get your library fix

The West Florida Public Library System will celebrate September as Library Card Sign up Month. Libraries are a valuable resource in our community offering services as varied as story time hours to expose young minds to the joy of reading and hands-on instruction in computer usage, as well as free access to books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. Residents of Escambia County or active duty service members living in Escambia County can obtain a library card for the West Florida Public Library System free of charge. The need for library services in this county is great. According to data from the Florida Division of Library and Information Services, 14 percent of the population of Escambia County has a library card. In a county of 299,511 souls, only 42,950 of them have library cards. In neighboring Santa Rosa County, 45,614 people have library cards. In a county of 155,390 people, that’s 29 percent usage rate. Click here to download your library card application and to learn more about how to receive your library card. There are six West Florida Public Library System locations and a Bookmobile available to the public in a neighborhood near you: Main Library, 239 N. Spring St., Pensacola, (850) 436-5060 Century Branch, 7991 N. Century Blvd., Century, (850) 256-6217 Genealogy Branch Library, 5740 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola, (850) 494-7373 Molino Branch, 6450-A Highway 95A, Molino, (850) 435-1760 Southwest Branch, 12248 Gulf Beach Highway, Pensacola, (850) 453-7780 Lucia M. Tryon Branch, 1200 Langley Ave., Pensacola, (850) 471-6980 The Cervantes Street location has been closed and will soon reopen at its new location, the Legion Field Neighborhood Resource Center, 1301 W. Gregory St., Pensacola. A grand reopening celebration will be announced at a later date.  For the hours of each library location: For the Bookmobile schedule: This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story