Early Literacy

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Raising a Reader Starts at Birth!

It’s never too early to get children excited about words, and what learning to read can mean. Our storytimes, picture book collections, videos and unique games give tots the building blocks to become readers for life.

Tips for Storytime Success

For many children this will be their first group experience. The following tips will help to make it a happy one:

  • Participate! Please join in the activities and save interactions with other parents until after the program. Model the same behavior that you expect from your child.
  • Minimize distractions. Plan to arrive early. Food and toys should be put away, and cell phones should be silenced before the program begins.
  • Be prepared for bad days.  If your child becomes very restless or uncooperative, please step outside the program space for a few moments to regroup. 
  • Bring it back home.  Plan to check out books each week for your child to extend the story sharing experience at home.
  • Relax, it is not expected that your child will sit still and participate in every activity. 
  • Ask for help. Our storytimes are geared for specific developmental levels (baby, toddler, preschool). Library staff is available to assist you in selecting which program is right for your child, to guide you in choosing appropriate books and materials, and to provide information about other library services.
  • Visits from groups. Our weekly storytimes are designed for children and their parents. Arrangements for daycare, school or other group visits should be made in advance.

Upcoming Storytimes

Babytime (0-24 months)

Windsor Regional Library
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 10:30am
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with bouncing rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple books! Baby Time lasts 20 minutes followed by playtime.

Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5)

Windsor Regional Library
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:30am
Nurture in your preschooler a love of books, listening skills, and interaction with others!

End-of-the-Month Saturday Storytime (all ages)

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 10:30am
End-of-the-Month Saturday Storytimes for the whole family! 

Cuentos y Cantos Bilingual Storytime (ages/edades 0-5)

Northwest Santa Rosa Library
Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 10:30am
Bienvenidos a la hora de cuentos para niños en inglés y español. Vamos a leer juntos unos libros en inglés y unos en español. Para los niños de 0-5 edades.

Babytime (3-17 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 10:15am
Join us for songs, rhymes, books, and fun-- and practice early literacy skills with your child!  For babies 0-17 months with a caregiver. Free!

Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5)

Healdsburg Regional Library
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 10:30am
Listen and learn with stories, songs, and movement activities.  For ages 2-5, with a caregiver.  Free!

Toddler Time (18-35 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 11:00am
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun with children ages 18 months to 3 years with a caregiver. Free!

Babytime (0-17 months)

Petaluma Regional Library
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 10:00am
Join us for songs, rhymes, books, and fun with for babies 0-17 months with a caregiver. Free!

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)

Rincon Valley Library
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 11:00am
Nurture in your preschooler a love of books, listening skills, and interaction with others!

After-Nap Wiggle Time (age 3-36 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 3:30pm
Come join us for songs, stories, music, and some get-down wiggling! For children age 3-36 months, with a parent or caregiver.

Babytime (0-17 months)

Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 10:00am
Come and sing to your baby with us. Stories, bounces, songs, rhymes, and finger plays for the youngest library goers. Tickles for all! (0 to 17 months with a caregiver) Free!

Toddler Time (ages 0-3)

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 10:30am
Join us for Toddler Storytime! Stories, songs, fingerplays, and FUN--for children ages 0-3 years, with a caregiver. FREE!