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 (3-17 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Tuesday, September 23, 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!

Wiggle Time for Preschoolers (ages 2-5)

Sebastopol Regional Library
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 10:30am
Join us for storytime! Stories, songs, fun and more! For more information please call 823-7691.

Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5)

Healdsburg Regional Library
Tuesday, September 23, 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, September 23, 2014 - 11:00am
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun with children ages 18 months to 3 years with a caregiver. Free!

Wee Read for Babies (0 to 24 months)

Sebastopol Regional Library
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 11:30am
Join us for storytime! Stories, songs, fun and more!  For ages 0 to 2 with a caregiver. For more information please call 823-7691.

Babytime (0-17 months)

Petaluma Regional Library
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:00am
Join us for songs, rhymes, books, and fun with for babies 0-17 months with a caregiver. Free!

Babytime (0-24 months)

Windsor Regional Library
Wednesday, September 24, 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 3-5)

Rincon Valley Library
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:00am
Nurture in your preschooler a love of books, listening skills, and interaction with others!

Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5)

Windsor Regional Library
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 11:30am
Nurture in your preschooler a love of books, listening skills, and interaction with others!

Babytime (0-17 months)

Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library
Thursday, September 25, 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!

Fall Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5)

Cloverdale Regional Library
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 10:30am
Storytime for ages 2-5, with a caregiver. Join us for stories, songs and other early literacy activities. This is a drop-in program, no need to pre-register.

Toddler Time (0-3 years)

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 10:30am
Join us for Toddler Storytime! Stories, songs, fingerplays, and FUN--for children ages 0-3 years, with a caregiver. FREE!