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
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 10:15am
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, April 1, 2015 - 10:30am
Delight and stimulate your baby's senses with bouncing rhymes, songs, fingerplays and simple books!  Baby Time is free and no registration required.   For ages 0-24 months, with a caregiver.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)

Rincon Valley Library
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 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, April 1, 2015 - 11:30am
Nurture in your preschooler a love of books, listening skills, and interaction with others! 

Springtime Storytime! (ages 2-5)

Cloverdale Regional Library
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:30am
Storytime for children ages 2-5, with a caregiver. Join us for stories, songs, and other early literacy fun. This is a drop-in program so no need to pre-register.

Toddler Time (ages 0-3)

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:30am
Join us for Toddler Storytime! Stories, songs, fingerplays, and FUN--for children ages 0-3 years, with a caregiver. FREE!

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)

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

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 11:30am
Join us for Preschool Storytime! Stories, songs, fingerplays and FUN-for children ages 3-5 years with a caregiver. Free!

Babytime (0-17 months)

Rincon Valley Library
Friday, April 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, April 3, 2015 - 10:15am
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun with children ages 18 months to 3 years with a caregiver. Free!    

Wee Read Bilingüe (0-24 months)

Healdsburg Regional Library
Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:30am
Storytime in English and Spanish for babies and toddlers. We will have fun with books, songs, rhymes, flannel boards, and puppets in both languages.  0-2 years.

Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5)

Northwest Santa Rosa Library
Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:30am
Join us for stories and fun at the Northwest Library! For ages 2-5, with a caregiver.  Free!