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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.Print

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. Early literacy skills include:

  • Being interested in and enjoying books
  • Knowing the names of things, noticing letters and words, knowing how to handle a book, knowing how to follow words on a page
  • Being able to describe things and events and tell a story
  • Knowing that letters have names and sound different from each other
  • Hearing and playing with the smaller sounds in words

Reading, playing, talking, singing, and writing are the five practices that stimulate the growth of a child’s brain and make the connections that will become the foundation for reading.

Upcoming Events:
Apr24
Songs & Stories en Français
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is hosting a weekly story time in French. Marie-Gaëlle Casset-Ford will be leading this half hour of French stories, songs & activities for children. Please call ahead if inclement weather or temperatures <20F.
Apr26
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Join us for songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories for children birth-24 months and their caregivers.
Apr28
Tales for Twos
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Two year olds and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs and movement activities every Friday.
May01
Songs & Stories en Français
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is hosting a weekly story time in French. Marie-Gaëlle Casset-Ford will be leading this half hour of French stories, songs & activities for children. Please call ahead if inclement weather or temperatures <20F.
May02
Preschool Story Time
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories and songs every Tuesday.
May03
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Join us for songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories for children birth-24 months and their caregivers.
May05
Tales for Twos
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Two year olds and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs and movement activities every Friday.
May08
Songs & Stories en Français
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is hosting a weekly story time in French. Marie-Gaëlle Casset-Ford will be leading this half hour of French stories, songs & activities for children. Please call ahead if inclement weather or temperatures <20F.
May09
Preschool Story Time
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories and songs every Tuesday.
May10
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Join us for songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories for children birth-24 months and their caregivers.
May12
Tales for Twos
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Two year olds and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs and movement activities every Friday.
May15
Songs & Stories en Français
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is hosting a weekly story time in French. Marie-Gaëlle Casset-Ford will be leading this half hour of French stories, songs & activities for children. Please call ahead if inclement weather or temperatures <20F.
May16
Preschool Story Time
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories and songs every Tuesday.
May17
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Join us for songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories for children birth-24 months and their caregivers.
May19
Tales for Twos
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Two year olds and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs and movement activities every Friday.
May20
Family Story Play Yoga
11:00am - 11:45am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Join us for an introduction to yoga for the family through simple movement, breathing, songs, stories and music. Teachers from Spiral Tree Yoga & Wellness Studio will be presenting this program in the Sam L. Cohen Children's Library.
May22
Songs & Stories en Français
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is hosting a weekly story time in French. Marie-Gaëlle Casset-Ford will be leading this half hour of French stories, songs & activities for children. Please call ahead if inclement weather or temperatures <20F.
May23
Preschool Story Time
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories and songs every Tuesday.
May24
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Join us for songs, rhymes, fingerplays and stories for children birth-24 months and their caregivers.
May26
Tales for Twos
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Two year olds and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs and movement activities every Friday.
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