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)

Petaluma Regional Library
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:15am
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with bouncing rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple books!  
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Storytime for Toddlers (ages 0-3)

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:30am
Stories and Song with Ms. Clare! Free and open to toddlers and their caretakers.  

Preschool Storytime - Ages 2-5

Cloverdale Regional Library
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 10:30am
Storytime for ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Join us for stories, songs, and other early-literacy fun. The program last 30 minutes and then there is time for play and socializing.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 11:00am
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun!  For children ages 3-5, with a caregiver.
preschool storytime

Storytime for Preschoolers (ages 0-5)

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 11:30am
Stories and Songs with Ms. Clare! Free and open to all preschoolers and their caretakers.  

Babytime (0-17 months)

Rincon Valley Library
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 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, July 3, 2015 - 10:15am
Songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and simple stories for your active toddler!  Toddler Time is free and no registration required. For children ages 18-35 months, with a caregiver.

Toddler Time (18-35 months)

Rincon Valley Library
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 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.

Nursery Rhyme Time (ages 0-5)

Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 11:00am
Join us for a special summer storytime of stories, songs, fingerplays, and more -- with a focus on nursery rhymes! For ages 0-5, with a caregiver. Free!

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)

Petaluma Regional Library
Friday, July 3, 2015 - 11:00am
Listen and learn with stories, songs, and movement activities.   For ages 3-5.   Free!

Toddler Time (18-35 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 10:30am
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and fun with children ages 18 months to 3 years with a caregiver. Free!

Babytime (3-17 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 11:15am
Join us for songs, rhymes, books, and fun. Practice early literacy skills with your child!  For babies 3-17 months with a caregiver. Free!