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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. 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. Click on the links below for more information on these practices. Included in these packets are research, available library resources and suggestions about how you can get your child ready to read!

Singing Through Your Day

Building Early Literacy Through Play

Read to Me

Upcoming Events:
Dec11
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, songs and movement every Tuesday morning.
Dec12
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages birth-24 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, stories and movement every Wednesday.
Dec14
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 every Friday
Dec18
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, songs and movement every Tuesday morning.
Dec19
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages birth-24 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, stories and movement every Wednesday.
Dec21
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 every Friday
Dec25
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, songs and movement every Tuesday morning.
Dec26
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages birth-24 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, stories and movement every Wednesday.
Dec28
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 every Friday
Jan01
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, songs and movement every Tuesday morning.
Jan02
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages birth-24 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, stories and movement every Wednesday.
Jan03
Spanish Story Time
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Join us on the first Thursday of every month as we read books, tell stories, dance, and sing songs, all in Spanish. Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers are invited to participate in this lively session.
Jan04
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 every Friday
Jan08
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, songs and movement every Tuesday morning.
Jan09
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages birth-24 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, stories and movement every Wednesday.
Jan11
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 every Friday
Jan15
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, songs and movement every Tuesday morning.
Jan16
Rhythm & Rhymes for Babies
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Children ages birth-24 months and their caregivers are invited to join us for songs, rhymes, finger plays, stories and movement every Wednesday.
Jan18
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 every Friday
Jan22
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, songs and movement every Tuesday morning.
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Have You Been Invited to Take the Challenge?
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