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Montgomery’s View: Early Literacy

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tags: Montgomery's View | Programs & Events | Kids & Families

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.

  •  – Jerri Blatt , Early Literacy Librarian

Montgomery’s View: cloudLibrary – It’s for kids too!

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tags: Library Collections | Montgomery's View | Kids & Families


cloudLibrary by Bibiotheca is the eBook and eAudiobook platform that is used at the Portland Public Library (and in libraries throughout the state of Maine.)  It is easy to use.  Downloading titles is simple.  Thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks are at your fingertips.  You will never accumulate late fees.  Your Portland Public Library card will give you access to this library of titles – including some purchased for our patrons.

Did you know that the cloudLibrary has titles for children?  This platform is not for our adult patrons only!  There are many children’s eBooks and eAudiobooks available for borrowing.  There are picture books, early readers, nonfiction, novels and graphic titles.  You will find Danny and the Dinosaur, Big Nate and Ramona.  Are you a fan of Little House on the Prairie or Harry Potter?  Both series are available in eAudiobook format.

The 2017-2018 Maine Student Book Award List has been revealed.  Many students read these titles during the summer months. You can easily get many of the titles on the cloudLibrary platform.  If you are going on vacation you will be able to take titles with you.  The Maine Student Book Award list has 45 titles this year and 38 of those titles are available in eBook format on the cloudLibrary.  If you prefer to listen to the books you will find 15 of the titles available in eAudiobook format.  It couldn’t be any easier to borrow these titles than signing up for the cloudLibrary today.

The holdings for children in the cloudLibrary do not stop with the Maine Student Book Award titles.  If you are looking for other reading choices – you will find them here.  From My Weird School to Rick Riordan titles and Lemony Snicket to Wings of Fire – the selection is wide.

Check out the cloudLibrary  today and sign up for an account.  You’ll be reading or listening to a new book in minutes.



Montgomery’s View: A Celebration of Beatrix Potter

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Montgomery's View | Recommended Reads | Kids & Families


Published by Frederick Warne & Co.

In July of 1866, a most extraordinary woman was born in London, England – Beatrix Potter.  She was a writer, illustrator, natural scientist, conservationist and farmer.  She is best remembered for her children’s books and creating some of  literature’s most beloved characters: Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Benjamin Bunny, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and many more. This is the perfect book to highlight as we celebrate the Portland Public Library’s 150th.  Beatrix Potter was born only a few months before the library was established.

32 of today’s children’s book illustrators re-imagine characters from 9 of Potter’s books. There are excerpts from each of the nine titles with Potter’s art included. Each illustrator reflects on one of her books and has created an original illustration in tribute to Beatrix Potter.  The influence of Potter is visible through the loving reflections and the art.  The participating artists include Melissa Sweet, Tomie DePaola, Brian Pinkney, Peggy Rathman and Dan Santat.  It is a treat to pour over these tribute illustrations – and easy to see why Potter’s characters are so well-loved.

150 years is a long time to stay vibrant, influential and inspirational – but both the Portland Public Library and Beatrix Potter continue to foster creativity, imagination and curiosity.  

Happy 150th Birthday!

Check this book and other books by and about Beatrix Potter out at the Portland Public Library.

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