It’s never too early to support your child’s early literacy! Mouthing books as a baby, and later wanting books to be read over and over again will lead to the ability to point out letters, to rhyme, and to retell stories. These are some of the important skills children will need when they learn to read in school.
Our “100 Books” list has great suggestions for books to share with your child before they start school. They’re all available at our library, so start today and read them all!
100 Books Every Child Should Know Before Starting School
(100 Libros en Español)
Learn & Grow is a early literacy message program designed to help you get your child (age 0-5) ready to read! Check out our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram every Tuesday for your early literacy message. Please talk to a Children’s Librarian if you have any questions!
Example: “Sing to your child every day! Singing or clapping a song breaks down words into smaller parts.”
We offer lots of fun classes for babies and preschoolers at the Library. Most programs run seasonally and do require pre-registration. General descriptions are listed below. Please check out the children’s calendar or contact the Children’s Room for details about our next session.
Itty Bitty Babies
Birth – 12 months
This class introduces babies and their grown-ups to the library and each other while learning how to support baby’s growth and development through songs, puppets, rhymes, and books.
Perfect for recent Itty Bitty Baby “graduates,” Waddling Ones is best for younger one-year-olds. Songs, rhymes, movement, parachute play, books, and a whole lot of fun help children learn more about how language works.
Birth – 24 months
Drop-in for a chance to meet some other babies, toddlers, and caregivers! There will be a variety of low-key sensory activities available to explore followed by time for the babies to play and caregivers to chat!
Musical Mother Goose
Best for one-year-olds who are steady on their feet and younger two-year-olds, this is a lively, interactive program filled with music and movement. Children have a chance to practice following directions, develop fine motor skills, and expand their vocabulary while interacting with peers.
Full of music, movement, and stories, this program is perfect for children making the transition from Musical Mother Goose to Preschool Story Time.
Preschool Story Time
Books, puppets, and songs will reinforce your child’s pre-reading skills through repetition and rhyme. A craft is included that will help kids develop their fine motor skills.
STEAM Story Time
Enjoy a preschool story time with a STEAM twist! We will read stories, sing songs, say rhymes, and do STEAM inspired activities.
Family Story Time
Birth – 5 Years
Drop-in for a fun story time for the whole family! We will meet once a month for an interactive story time suitable for all ages and stages.