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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.

Early Literacy Activities Calendar 2022

Early Literacy Calendar thumbnailEach month print out a bright and colorful activity-packed calendar page to share with your family. Based on the Every Child Ready to Read® practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, playing, and counting, each PDF contains a month's worth of learning activities, book lists, nursery rhymes, and more.

Storytime & Playtime Programs
Tue, Nov 29, 9:30am - 10:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For children ages birth - 24 months with a caregiver.
Registration is now closed

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

Tue, Nov 29, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, and play! Ages 3 1/2 - 5 with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome.
Registration is now closed

Wed, Nov 30, 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, and play! Ages 3 1/2 - 5 with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome.

Wed, Nov 30, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! Children are welcome to wear their pajamas and bring along a stuffed animal for Storytime! Ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Thu, Dec 01, 9:30am - 10:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For children ages birth - 24 months with a caregiver.

Thu, Dec 01, 10:15am - 10:45am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For children ages 2 - 3 1/2 years with adult caregiver.

Fri, Dec 02, 10:30am - 11:15am
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. Content... more
This 30-minute storytime followed by a time for socialization is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3 to 7 years.

Sat, Dec 03, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! Ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Tue, Dec 06, 9:30am - 10:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For children ages birth - 24 months with a caregiver.

Tue, Dec 06, 10:15am - 10:45am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For children ages 2 - 3 1/2 years with adult caregiver.

Tue, Dec 06, 11:00am - 11:30am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, and play! Ages 3 1/2 - 5 with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome.

Wed, Dec 07, 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs, and play! Ages 3 1/2 - 5 with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome.

Thu, Dec 08, 9:30am - 10:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For children ages birth - 24 months with a caregiver.

Thu, Dec 08, 10:15am - 10:45am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For children ages 2 - 3 1/2 years with adult caregiver.

Thu, Dec 08, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
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. Content... more
This 30-minute storytime followed by a time for socialization is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3 to 7 years.
Registration opens Thursday, December 1 2022 at 9:00am

Mon, Dec 12, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Celebrate the holidays with some fun crafts! Registration required.
Registration opens Monday, December 5 2022 at 9:00am

Mon, Dec 12, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Develop pre-reading skills with music, movement and rhythm through stories, songs and rhymes. Ages 2-6.

Tue, Dec 13, 9:30am - 9:55am
Storytime Room
Enjoy an interactive storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3, siblings welcome.
Registration opens Tuesday, December 6 2022 at 9:00am

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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!

 

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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TumbleBooks Library

Connect to TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. Have fun with reading in a whole new way!

There is more information, including a User's Guide and FAQ on TumbleBooks Library's site.

Connect to TumbleBooks

Sprout Early Literacy Backpacks

Search the catalog for Sprout Early LearningEach 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. Search the catalog for Sprout Early Learning!

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!