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Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative

The Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative is open to children ages 4 and under. Participating in this initiative will help build the habits that foster early literacy development and lifelong learning. Literacy and language development are closely linked to a baby's earliest positive experiences with parents and caregivers.

Visit WPPL's Beanstack site to sign up for the initiative and track your child's progress. Or use a printed log available in Youth Services or for download here as a PDF.

Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative logo
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Register for the WPPL 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program and log your first 50 books.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Read It and Reap!

Reading together before your child starts school builds a solid foundation for learning.

This fun program has now gone digital via Beanstack, where you can log your books and earn digital badges for prizes. Set up an account today at There are even apps available at the Apple App Store and Google Play!

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Enroll in the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library Program.

Ohio Governor's Imagination Library/Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library is starting a new chapter in early childhood literacy across Ohio. Through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, this program is working to send every child in Ohio from birth to age five a new book each month. Enroll online to receive monthly updates on book delivery as well as reading tips to help your child get the most out of their Imagination Library membership. You can ensure that your student enters kindergarten ready to succeed!

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Attend three storytimes at WPPL (virtual or in person).

View past virtual storytimes on YouTube.

Check the calendar for future storytimes.

Sat, Aug 20, 11:00am - 11:45am
Study Room YS-Group
This 30-minute storytime followed by a time for socialization is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content... more
This 30-minute storytime followed by a time for socialization is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3 to 7 years.
This event is full

Mon, Aug 22, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Pick up a grab bag of fun crafts. Registration required.
This event is full

Sat, Aug 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! Ages 2-6 with a caregiver.
Registration opens Saturday, August 20 2022 at 9:00am

Sun, Aug 28, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Storytime Room
An open playtime for children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome! No registration required but room capacity is limited. First come, first served.

Fri, Sep 02, 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Storytime Room
Make a craft based on a story, read aloud. For children in PreK-1st grade, siblings welcome.
Registration opens Friday, August 26 2022 at 9:00am

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Check out a Sprout Early Literacy Backpack.

Search the catalog for Sprout Early LearningEach themed backpack includes books and activities with easy-to-follow activity guides that make learning fun! All materials are developmentally appropriate for young children and reinforce early literacy concepts needed for school success. Search the catalog for Sprout Early Learning!

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Complete 3 Kindergarten Readiness Activities.

Check out our Early Literacy blog posts, print or pick up an Early Literacy Activity calendar, or contact Youth Services for suggestions to complete the challenge.

Early Literacy Blogs

Visit our blog site for early literacy activities like Free Play for ages 3 and under and KinderClub for ages 3 and up!

Early Literacy Activities Calendar

Early Literacy Calendar thumbnailEach month print out a bright and colorful activity-packed calendar page to share with your family. Based on the Every Child Ready to Read® practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, playing, and counting, each PDF contains a month's worth of learning activities, book lists, nursery rhymes, and more. One page is a calendar with a fun skills-building activity for each day and the other contains supplementary content like nursery rhymes, early literacy tips, song lyrics, or suggested reading material.

Suma stuffed animal with mini SumasIn addition to a fun and creative beginning to a lifetime of learning, every participant who completes the challenge receives a mini Suma the Puma to continue taking on their adventures!

Suma is featured in storytimes and videos created by WPPL staff. When she's not exploring, she can be found on her perch above Youth Services.

Myrna ChelkoMyrna Chelko was a wonderful person and supporter of public libraries. She served on WPPL's Board of Trustees and was instrumental in the creation of the Friends of Porter Public Library and the Westlake Porter Library Foundation.

The Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative is made possible by a generous donation in her honor.