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. 


Winter Storytime Series (January 16 through March 22, 2024)

Baby Storytime - Ages 0-18 months.  Wiggle and giggle with your baby through stories, songs, and activities that inspire a love for reading. Playtime to follow.

  • Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m. - Main Library Activity Room
  • Fridays @ 10:30 a.m. - Evergreen Branch Activity Room

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

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

Preschool Storytime- Ages 3 to 5 years. Stories, movement and creative activities inspire curiosity and learning through play. Craft time to follow.

  • Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m. - Main Library Activity Room
  • Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m. - Evergreen Branch Activity Room

Family Storytime in Mandarin and English - Ages 2 to 5 years. Enjoy stories, fingerplays, rhymes, and songs with world language storyteller Iwen Chiu in fun and interactive sessions in Chinese Mandarin and English.

  • Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m.. - Evergreen Branch Activity Room

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Whether it's a heat wave, cold snap, or health metric numbers, sometimes we have to change our Storytime schedule slightly to accommodate.  We may enjoy stories and songs outside or we may have playtime in a different room than normal.  

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