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Early Literacy

Our early literacy based programs can be valuable tools in developing essential skills like:

  • Vocabulary: knowing the names of things
  • Print Awareness: noticing print everywhere, knowing how to handle a book and knowing how to follow the words on a page
  • Narrative Skills: the ability to describe things and events and tell stories
  • Print Motivation: a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books
  • Phonological Awareness: the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words
  • Letter Knowledge: knowing that letters are different from each other and that they have different names and sounds

Our programs combine these tools with the Five Simple Practices of

  • Talking
  • Reading
  • Singing
  • Writing
  • Playing

recognized by the Every Child Ready to Read Program as critical to developing language and pre-reading skills.  We welcome children of all abilities and are committed to providing all children the opportunity to learn.

AWE Stations

AWE Stations in the preschool area at WPPLAWE Stations are self-contained, interactive learning centers for kids from ages 2-10. They contain fun and educational games on a variety of subjects.

ABCmouse.com® Early Learning Academy

ABCmouse is now available on our computers located in the Youth Services department! ABCmouse is an online learning academy for children ages 2-6 with curriculum focusing on: Reading, Math, Science, Arts & Colors, Health, Social Studies, and Art & Music.

This service is not accessible from home.

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Storytime & Playtime Programs
Fri, Oct 25, 11:00am - 11:45am
Storytime Room
This 30-minute storytime followed by a time for socialization is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience.

Sat, Oct 26, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Join us for some spook-tacular Halloween crafts! All ages. While supplies last.

Sat, Oct 26, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Storytime Room
Love those bricks? Then bring your ideas and imagination to Brick Builders! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. Ages 3-12.

Tue, Oct 29, 9:30am - 10:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes songs and play! For children ages birth-24 months with adult caregiver.

Tue, Oct 29, 10:15am - 10:45am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes songs and play! For children ages 2 - 3 1/2 with adult caregiver.

Tue, Oct 29, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for stories and songs for listeners ages 3 1/2 - 5 years with an adult. Siblings are welcome.

Wed, Oct 30, 9:30am - 10:00am
Storytime Room
Have a great time singing and dancing to the music with beanbags, rhythm sticks and more! Ages 2-6 with a caregiver; siblings are welcome.

Wed, Oct 30, 10:15am - 10:45am
Storytime Room
Have a great time singing and dancing to the music with beanbags, rhythm sticks and more! Ages 2-6 with a caregiver; siblings are welcome.

Wed, Oct 30, 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Storytime Room
Join us for stories and songs for listeners age 3 1/2 - 5 years with an adult. Siblings are welcome.

Thu, Oct 31, 9:30am - 10:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes songs and play! For children birth-24 months with adult caregiver.

Thu, Oct 31, 10:15am - 10:45am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes songs and play! For children ages 2 - 3 1/2 with adult caregiver.

Thu, Oct 31, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Storytime Room
This 30-minute storytime followed by a time for socialization is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience.
Registration opens Thursday, October 24 2019 at 9:00am

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Read It and Reap!

Reading together before your child starts school builds a solid foundation for learning.

This fun program has now gone digital via Beanstack, where you can log your books and earn digital badges for prizes. Set up an account today at westlakelibrary.beanstack.org. There are even apps available at the Apple App Store and Google Play!

Sprout Early Literacy Backpacks

Each themed backpack includes books and activities with easy-to-follow activity guides that make learning fun! All materials are developmentally appropriate for young children and reinforce early literacy concepts needed for school success.

Early Literacy Spot! markerEarly Literacy SPOTS

We have multiple Early Literacy Spots in our preschool area, each designed to enhance development of one or more skills. Look for the blue spots and check back often for new activities!

New Readers's Club

Are you a new reader? Are you up for a fun challenge? Then join the New Reader's Club! It's easy to do: just pick out a book you like to read, then practice, practice, practice, then read it aloud to a librarian! You'll get a certificate, and a sign will be posted to let everyone know that YOU are the newest reader at the library! YOU can do it!

Contact Youth Services

The Youth Services department serves children from birth through high school as well as families and teachers.

Call us at 440-250-5471 or send an email using the form below.