About the D.C. Library STAR Drive

The DC Rollergirls reached out to Dewey to ask if we could partner up to sponsor their local public library. The DCPL was thrilled to hear from us, and asked if we could help with their children’s literacy program STAR – “Sing, Talk and Read”

About the DC Public Library’s STAR Program

Last year, less than half of DC’s third-graders were shown to be proficient readers. The DC Public Library’s STAR program promotes early literacy by teaching parents and other primary caretakers techniques to share books, songs and conversation with infants and toddlers.

This program partners with social service agencies, homeless shelters, low-income housing providers and other venues who identify families in at-risk communities in need of training, and help DCPL follow up with these families to continue providing literacy services.

In 2012, their goal is to serve 600 families, beginning June 1, 2012.

Using everyday tasks, DCPL staff train parents key communication skills that lead to learning and reading comprehension. For bath time, program staff teach parents to sing their children a song about a rubber ducky or the water. When grocery shopping, parents learn to converse with their children about the foods they are purchasing. Through these simple exercises, parents teach valuable skills such as vocabulary, narrative skills, comprehension, and most importantly, a love of reading.

Each child is sent home with a book that’s theirs to keep (as well as a book for the caretakers that teaches these skills and practices). Upon finishing the program the child is given another book. That’s two books per kid in order to encourage a deeper bond between caretaker and child, and spark a lifetime love of reading.

Ready to help? Great! Here’s how.

Who are the DC Rollergirls?

A better question might be, “Who aren’t the DC Rollergirls?” The 78 women who make up the league come from all walks of life– they are teachers, nurses, writers, artists, librarians and work-at-home moms. They came to this sport as novice and experienced skaters, as seasoned athletes and as former couch potatoes. But they all have one thing in common– they are strong, fierce competitors who are passionate about the sport of roller derby.
Formed in 2006, the DC Rollergirls are the National Capital Region’s premier women’s ?at-track roller derby league. They are proud members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the national governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby. WFTDA is comprised of skater-owned and -operated leagues nationwide that have united to lead this growing sport.

The non-profit league is run entirely by the skaters, who contribute their free time and talents to manage the business side of the league — everything from organizing fundraising events to designing promotional materials. The DC Rollergirls also maintain a strong sense of pride in the community by partnering with local charities and participating in local events. The league’s vision is to promote athleticism, diversity and roller derby, and foster self-worth, personal strength and female empowerment.

Above all, the DC Rollergirls are dedicated to giving fans exactly what they want — a rough-and-tumble good time.
The DC Rollergirls are also in the process of putting together a packet for other WFTDA leagues to share what they learned on partnering with their local library system for charity events and bout fundraisers. Check back to find out how to hook your derby league up with this awesome way to support your community and spread the word of Down and Dewey Derby.

About the D.C. Public Library Foundation

The DC Public Library Foundation leverages and enhances DC Public Library resources and programs to promote literacy and a thirst for knowledge in all community members. The Foundation has secured and administered over $4M in funding for DC Public Library programs, with literacy and children’s programs as key areas.

The Foundation has raised substantial funds to support such programs as the library’s Summer Reading program and other citywide initiatives to support reading and early literacy, job clinics, computer training, and programs serving the Spanish-speaking population and those in need of special services such as the deaf or visually impaired.

In the past five years, the DC Public Library system has been transformed – we have rebuilt or renovated over half of our neighborhood libraries, tripled the number of books and other materials that are borrowed from the system each year, and dramatically expanded the number and variety of the programs that are offered at the libraries. Currently, the DC Public Library has twenty-five branches throughout the city and a central location, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.