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Early Literacy

Children learn about reading and writing before they can actually read or write. You can increase your child’s early literacy by reading to your child at an early age.

Early literacy begins with you
Help your child grow up to be a successful reader and learner beginning at birth.

Youth Services offers several special ways to help you help your child get ready to read…

Read to Your Baby

Infant to Age Two

Read to Your Baby provides you with four packets full of information about reading, tips for choosing books, and gifts for you to share with your baby. We invite you to learn more about Read to Your Baby by coming to the ASK ME Desk when you visit the Library.

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop

Infant Through Five Years

Discover how to best use your time to read and interact with your child. Learn what you can do at home to develop your child’s pre-reading skills. Get suggestions for age-appropriate books and resources and provide easy ways to include these skills in your daily activities. The adults-only workshop is offered several times a year and is designed for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and preschool and early childhood educators.

The Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children, in cooperation with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, have partnered to bring this important information about early literacy to libraries around the country. Your workshop leaders have received training to help you help your child be ready to read.

Early Childhood Story Time

Age-specific story times are offered for infants and one and two year old children with parent/caregiver. These story times will introduce literature through books, fingerplays, nursery rhymes, songs, flannelboard stories, and additional components that support early literacy skills. Story Time is offered year-round for a variety of age groups and requires registration. Additional program opportunities also are offered. Details at the ASK ME Desk, in Discover Your Library, and on the Library’s website.

Stories Live!

Your favorite stories will come alive as the storyteller tells and then explores with you the various ways to share the story again through puppetry, fingerplays, songs, and more. Stories Live! is for families to enjoy together and is offered throughout the year.

Early Literacy Station

Computers fascinate children. Even the youngest child wants to play with the keyboard and create images on the screen, just like their siblings and parents. This unique computer station is designed especially to meet the needs of your child. The colorful keyboard and special mouse are designed for smaller hands and will assist in developing motor skills. A complete list of the learning programs is posted near the station. Stop at the ASK ME Desk for assistance.

Library Website   

Access the Library on your cell phone.

Your Library is available 24/7. Bookmark our website and browse the pages to discover all that is at your fingertips:

Parent Collection

Potty training, child safety, and many other topics are in this collection which features books for parents, as well as books for parents and children to use together. You will find a selection of nonfiction books which deal directly with a topic, as well as fiction and picture books that present the topic in a story setting. Audiovisual items on a variety of topics are shelved with the books. Various booklists will guide you to books that will best fit your needs.

Special Handouts & Displays

What do we really know about how a young child develops? What can you do to best support your child’s healthy development and growing brain?

Some of the answers are in a series of handouts called Healthy Minds: Nurturing Your Child’s Development from Infant to 36 Months available on the counter in the Parent Collection. These handouts were developed by ZERO TO THREE, the nation’s leading resource on the first three years of life, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Mother Goose rhymes, games to play, and reading readiness are just a few of the book topics displayed with booklists in the Picture Book Area under Mother Goose. These early literacy displays change frequently. 


Ask Youth Services! Library Staff at the ASK ME Desk in Youth Services are ready to welcome you to your Library and answer your questions.