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Early literacy is what children understand about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. The building blocks of language and literacy form in the first three years of a child’s life. Early childhood experiences impact how a child’s brain will develop. The Library offers a wide variety of materials and programs to support early literacy!

Portland Public Library’s early literacy initiative Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library ® is a project of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Public Library Association (divisions of the American Library Association.) This parent education initiative stresses that early literacy begins with the primary adult in a child’s life. Developing early literacy skills has a long-term impact on children’s reading achievement and academic success.

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We offer several story times designed for kids from birth to age 5 at all of our locations, from basic rhymes to movement and music. Join us and cultivate a love of reading in your child early on!

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In partnership with the Opportunity Alliance each week we will post a new vocabulary word to use in every day conversations with children!

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Up Next at the Library:
Aug19
Books with Baxter! Riverton's Library Dog3:00pm - 4:00pm
Riverton Branch
Aug20
Middle School Book Club5:30pm - 6:30pm
Peaks Island Branch
Aug21
One-on-One Technology Tutoring at Burbank10:00am - 1:00pm
Burbank Branch
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Contact the Librarian
Mary Peverada   Email »
Youth Services Director
(207) 871-1700 Ext. 707
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