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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 2022

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.

Storytime & Playtime Programs
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

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!


AWE Stations

AWE Stations in the preschool area at WPPLAWE Stations are self-contained, interactive learning centers for kids from ages 2-10. They contain fun and educational games on a variety of subjects.® 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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TumbleBooks Library

Connect to TumbleBooks

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 TumbleBooks Library's site.

Connect to TumbleBooks

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!