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  • Early Literacy

Early Literacy and School Readiness

    The library's Youth Services Department makes it a priority to support and encourage the growth and development of early literacy skills and school readiness for children. Our early literacy program—Ready…Set…READ!—is a multifaceted program that directs many of the programming and educational services we department offer.

    Storytimes: Focusing on key early literacy skills, our library storytimes combine stories, fingerplays, action rhymes, music, and interaction while supporting and practicing critical early literacy skills. Enjoy our recorded online storytimes on YouTube.

    Collections: Featuring a wide assortment of materials for children of all ages, our collections enable children and their caregivers to enjoy the world of reading together. Look for our BOUNCE sticker on the spine of books to locate high quality titles that promote one of the five American Library Services for Children early literacy categories: Read, Write, Sing, Play, and Talk.

    100 Books Before Kindergarten: Reading books together is a fantastic way to prepare children for lifelong learning. In this online program, you can track the books you and your child read, and your child will earn prizes along the way. Click here to register and begin tracking your child's books online.

    Countdown to Kindergarten Calendar: Download our calendar with monthly lists of activities and recommended titles that are designed to help children in the year leading up to kindergarten.

    Countdown to Kindergarten Calendar