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
Parent participation is the key to the success of the program! You are best equipped to help your child focus on our activities. 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
Young children are easily distracted and latecomers become the focus of attention. Please plan to arrive early and enter the space with as little disruption as possible. 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. This helps everyone to concentrate on the story program and will often calm your child.

Bring it back home
Plan to check out books each week for your child to extend the story sharing experience at home. Children of any age are eligible for their own library card.

Relax
It is not expected that your child will sit still and participate in every activity. Our main goal is to engage your child in a positive library experience. With your help, we can nurture your child's love of books and reading.

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.