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 (3-17 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Tuesday, December 23, 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!

Toddler Time (18-35 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 11:00am
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun with children ages 18 months to 3 years with a caregiver. Free!

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

Sonoma Valley Regional Library
Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 10:30am
End-of-the-Month Saturday Storytimes for the whole family! 

Babytime (3-17 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Tuesday, December 30, 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!

Toddler Time (18-35 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 11:00am
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun with children ages 18 months to 3 years with a caregiver. Free!

Toddler Time (18-35 months)

Petaluma Regional Library
Friday, January 2, 2015 - 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 3-5)

Petaluma Regional Library
Friday, January 2, 2015 - 10:45am
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun for children ages 3-5, with a caregiver.

Toddler Time (18-35 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Tuesday, January 6, 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, January 6, 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!

Babytime (0-17 months)

Petaluma Regional Library
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 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, January 7, 2015 - 11:00am
Nurture in your preschooler a love of books, listening skills, and interaction with others!

After-Nap Wiggle Time (age 3-36 months)

Central Santa Rosa Library
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 3:30pm
Come join us for songs, stories, music, and some get-down wiggling! For children age 3-36 months, with a parent or caregiver.