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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:
Feb28
Eat Well Play Hard
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library will be hosting Eat Well Play Hard, a monthly series of stories and activities designed to teach young children about healthy eating and the importance of regular physical activity.
Mar01
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.
Mar03
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.
Mar06
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 preschool children on Monday mornings at 10:30.
Mar07
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.
Mar08
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.
Mar09
Let Them Play!A Workshop for Parents and Caregivers of Young Children
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Have you ever wondered how children find a way to play wherever they are? Join us for a discussion on what children are learning through their play and what role adults can take on to foster play in children.
Mar10
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.
Mar13
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 preschool children on Monday mornings at 10:30.
Mar14
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.
Mar15
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.
Mar17
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.
Mar18
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.
Mar20
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 preschool children on Monday mornings at 10:30.
Mar21
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.
Mar22
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.
Mar24
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.
Mar27
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 preschool children on Monday mornings at 10:30.
Mar28
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.
Mar29
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.
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