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Early Literacy

Our early literacy based programs can be valuable tools in developing essential skills like:

  • Vocabulary: knowing the names of things
  • Print Awareness: noticing print everywhere, knowing how to handle a book and knowing how to follow the words on a page
  • Narrative Skills: the ability to describe things and events and tell stories
  • Print Motivation: a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books
  • Phonological Awareness: the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words
  • Letter Knowledge: knowing that letters are different from each other and that they have different names and sounds

Our programs combine these tools with the Five Simple Practices of

  • Talking
  • Reading
  • Singing
  • Writing
  • Playing

recognized by the Every Child Ready to Read® program as critical to developing language and pre-reading skills. We welcome children of all abilities and are committed to providing all children the opportunity to learn.

Early Literacy Activities Calendar 2024

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.

Storytime & Playtime Programs
Tue, Jul 23, 9:30am - 9:50am
Storytime Room
Enjoy an interactive storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3, siblings welcome.

Wed, Jul 24, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! Children are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring along a stuffed animal for Storytime! Ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Thu, Jul 25, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Storytime Room
Join us for this storytime designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3 to 7 years.

Sat, Jul 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! Ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Mon, Jul 29, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Porter Room
Drop in and go for the gold! Special mini-Olympic games for fun and movement! For children with disabilities and their typical peers. Games will be geared... more
Drop in and go for the gold! Special mini-Olympic games for fun and movement! For children with disabilities and their typical peers. Games will be geared toward children ages 3-8.

Sat, Aug 03, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Stop by Youth Services to complete a featured craft. No registration. While supplies last. PreK-Grade 2

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading together before your child starts school builds a solid foundation for learning. Track your books on Beanstack and earn digital badges—use your browser or an app available at the Apple App Store or Google Play.® Early Learning Academy

ABCmouse is now available on our computers located in the Youth Services department! ABCmouse is an online learning academy for children ages 2-6 with curriculum focusing on: Reading, Math, Science, Arts & Colors, Health, Social Studies, and Art & Music.

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TumbleBook Library

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TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. Have fun with reading in a whole new way!

There is more information, including a User's Guide and FAQ on TumbleBook Library's site.

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Sprout Early Literacy Backpacks

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!

Early Literacy Spot! markerEarly Literacy SPOTS

We have multiple Early Literacy Spots in our preschool area, each designed to enhance development of one or more skills. Look for the blue spots and check back often for new activities!

New Readers's Club

Are you a new reader? Are you up for a fun challenge? Then join the New Reader's Club! It's easy to do: just pick out a book you like to read, then practice, practice, practice, then read it aloud to a librarian! You'll get a certificate, and a sign will be posted to let everyone know that YOU are the newest reader at the library! YOU can do it!