It's never to early to encourage your child to read and you as a parent should be their teacher.

That's the message that will be brought home at 'Every Child Ready To Read' (ECRR) workshops being held at Bermuda College.

The three workshops on December 6 and 8 are being held in conjunction with The Library Association of Bermuda and the American Library Association.

The workshops will be hosted by Susan Bard - a certified American Library Association trainer from Florida - who believes it's "never too early to prepare children for success as readers." She wants to inform parents of newborns, toddlers and preschoolers of their critical role as their children's first teacher.

The workshop on Saturday, December 6 is a six-hour 'Train the Trainers' workshop for professionals, including librarians and teachers. The workshop takes place from 9am to 4pm in Room N1000, New Hall. The cost is $10, which includes materials and lunch.

And on Monday, December 8 there are two workshops of two hours each for parents, grandparents and caregivers. The workshops at 1:30pm and 5:30pm cost $35, which includes materials, and take place in Room H146 in South Hall. Refreshments will be provided and free childcare is available at the later of the two workshops.

'Every Child Ready To Read' is a programme developed by the American Library Association.

Workshops are held in public libraries across the States to share current research on early literacy and brain development. Methods and techniques discussed are designed to stimulate reading in children from birth to 5 years.

Parents and care givers will also be provided with advice about how to help their children, this includes using your local library and disseminating early literacy information.

To reserve your place at the workshops, you need to fill in a registration form by December 4. Pick up a form at the Bermuda National Library, Youth Services, at 74 Church Street.

If you have questions or want to find out more contact Jim Agee, president of the Library Association of Bermuda, on 239-4034 or email jagee@college.bm