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 (0-17 months)

Rincon Valley Library
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:00am
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with bouncing rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple books! Babytime lasts 20 minutes followed by playtime.

Toddler Time (18-35 months)

Petaluma Regional Library
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:00am
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun with children ages 18 months to 3 years with a caregiver. Free!

Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5)

Northwest Santa Rosa Library
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:30am
Join us for stories and fun at the Northwest Library! For ages 2-5, with a caregiver.  Free!

Preschool Storytime (ages 3 to 5)

Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:30am
Stories, songs and fun! Free!(Ages 3 - 5 years with caregiver)

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)

Petaluma Regional Library
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:45am
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun for children ages 3-5, with a caregiver.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:00am
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun!  For children ages 3-5, with a caregiver.

Toddler Time (18-35 months)

Rincon Valley Library
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:00am
Songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and simple stories for your active toddler! Toddler Time lasts 20-30 minutes followed by playtime. Toddler Time is free and no registration required.

Cuentos y Cantos Bilingual Storytime (ages/edades 1-5)

Sebastopol Regional Library
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 11:30am
Join us for a special Bilingual Storytime for 1-5 year olds. We will explore books, songs, and rhymes in both English and Spanish.

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

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Saturday, October 25, 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, October 25, 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.

Pam Brown Storytime (Ages 2-6)

Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 11:00am
Enjoy stories, songs and crafting with storyteller Pam Brown at her monthly Saturday family storytime. For ages 2-6. FREE!

Babytime (3-17 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Tuesday, October 28, 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!