Early Years

Early Literacy Tips

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Babies need more than “baby talk.” Use real words and names to describe the world around you. 

Talk and explore with your toddler. Explain the things you are doing together to help build vocabulary and important life skills. 

Reread your child’s favorite books. By age 3, children can complete sentences in familiar stories. Read favorite books over and over to help them learn through repetition.  

Animal noises are great first sounds for babies. Animal sounds are your baby’s first steps to saying words! Sounds come before words. 

Count objects on the page. As you read to your child, count objects on the page together to help strengthen early math skills. 

Make reading a part of your daily routine. If you read with your child just 30 minutes a day, they will be exposed to more than 900 hours of literacy learning before kindergarten. 

Read to your baby, even before it seems they will understand. Your voice or signing is helping your baby’s brain develop. They love your voice and interactions!  

Scribbling is an early form of writing. Ask your child to “read” what they have written.  

Singing often breaks up syllables by assigning them different notes which makes them easier to hear. 

Encourage your newborn’s speech. As they “coo and gurgle,” talk back, repeating the sounds. 

Take turns holding a book and pointing at the pictures. Let your toddler turn the pages of a board book and respond to them when they point or react to the story. 

Play a rhyming game. Name a word and see if your child can name others that rhyme with it. 


Summer Storytime Series (July 5 - August 11)

The Summer session of Toddler, Preschool and Thursday Baby storytime will be held in-person. Tickets will be handed out the morning of storytime to ensure space for physical distancing.  Storytime may be cancelled or transitioned to an online format if COVID health metrics worsen.

Baby Storytime - Ages 0-18 months.  Books, lap bounces, songs, and rhymes promote language learning and early literacy skills.

Toddler - Ages 18 to 36 months.  Lively stories and movement activities support language development and introduce self-regulation skills.

  • Tuesdays @ 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Main Library Auditorium
  • Wednesdays @ 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Evergreen Branch Meeting Room

Preschool - Ages 3 to 5 years. Stories, movement and creative activities inspire curiosity and learning through play. Sessions will be held outdoors unless it's raining. 

  •  Wednesdays @ 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Balcony or Main Library Auditorium
  •  Thursdays @ 10:30-11:30 a.m. By the front doors or Evergreen Branch Meeting Room

Virtual Pajama Storytime - We invite children and their grown-ups to join virtually for 20-25 minutes of songs, stories and rhymes to wind down the day. Wednesday, July 27, Aug 3, 10 at 7pm. Register here.

Storytime information with a photo of Mermaid Madrigal
Pajama Storytimes

Recorded Storytimes

A compilation of our recorded storytimes, including our Sunday Night and Spanish Storytime series.