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, October 22, 2014 - 10:00am
Join us for songs, rhymes, books, and fun with for babies 0-17 months with a caregiver. Free!

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)

Rincon Valley Library
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:00am
Nurture in your preschooler a love of books, listening skills, and interaction with others!

Babytime (0-17 months)

Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library
Thursday, October 23, 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, October 23, 2014 - 10:30am
Storytime for ages 2-5, with a caregiver. Stories, songs and other early literacy fun. This is a drop-in program so no need to pre-register. There is time for socializing after the program.

Toddler Time (0-3 years)

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:30am
Join us for Toddler Storytime! Stories, songs, fingerplays, and FUN--for children ages 0-3 years, with a caregiver. FREE!

Toddler Wiggletime (18 to 35 month)

Rohnert Park Cotati Regional Library
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:00am
Come and enjoy songs, stories, music and time to wiggle! (18 - 35 months with a caregiver)

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 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, 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.