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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:
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.
May29
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.
May30
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.
May31
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.
Jun02
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.
Jun05
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.
Jun06
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.
Jun07
Pauline Keenan: Music Together of Greater Portland
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Come together for a program that will tap into all the developmental benefits that music creates for young children! Pauline Keenan, the Director of Music Together® of Greater Portland will be visiting the Sam L. Cohen Children's Library!
Jun08
Rob Duquette: Concert of World Music Rhythm
10:30am - 11:15am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Through his many years of experience playing and teaching world music, Rob Duquette brings a fun and culturally rich presentation of world music styles to children. Join us in the Sam L. Cohen Children's Library for a young children's concert!
Jun09
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.
Jun13
Musical Adventure with Amanda Panda
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Join Amanda Panda for songs with themes in nature, kindness, animals, and fun in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library !
Jun14
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.
Jun15
If You Can Smile, You Can Sing!
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Join Amanda Panda for an evening workshop for parents and caregivers of young children which will build confidence in your ability to sing and play no matter what your age or experience!
Jun16
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.
Jun20
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.
Jun21
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.
Jun23
Monique Barrett: Singing Together Story Time
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Monique Barrett will be performing in the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library on Friday, June 23 as part of the Library’s early literacy series, Singing Through Your Day.
Jun27
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.
Jun28
Emilia Dahlin: Singing Through Your Day
10:30am - 11:00am
Location: Main Library, Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library Audience: Kids & Families Singer songwriter Emilia Dahlin will be our very special guest ) and demonstrate how parents and caregivers can sing through the day with their young children!
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