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Get A Kindergarten Readiness Packet!

Do you have a child who is getting ready to start Kindergarten? 
Sign up to receive one of our Kindergarten Readiness Packets.
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a packet, personalized for your child, that is full of fun ways to practice the skills needed to start this next chapter.

Packets can be picked up through Curbside Service or at the Kids and Teens Ask Us desk.

Babies Need Words Every Day... so PLAY with them!

Children learn new words, letters, and sounds when you talk, read, sing, and write together. Play allows children to practice everything they've learned!

Here are some practical ways to PLAY with your baby:

  • Dance around with your little one! Singing and dancing to a familiar tune is a great way to bond with your child, plus it's a lot of fun!
  • Play Peek-a-boo with your baby. This simple game is great for amusing your child and helping them learn about the world around them.

Read more about how the Babies Need Words Every Day initiative from the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) is working to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap to support family literacy and learning across all backgrounds.



Babies Need Words Every Day... so WRITE with them!

Children learn new words, letters, and sounds when you talk, read, sing, and write together. Play allows children to practice everything they've learned!

Here are some practical ways to help your baby practice WRITING:

  • Scribbling, tracing, and finger painting lead to developing hand-eye coordination and strengthening hand muscles so your baby can learn to turn pages and hold crayons. Have your baby finger paint in the tub before a bath!
  • Letters are made of shapes. By learning different shapes, young children are on the fast track towards learning letters.

Read more about how the Babies Need Words Every Day initiative from the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) is working to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap to support family literacy and learning across all backgrounds.



Babies Need Words Every Day... so SING to them!

Children learn new words, letters, and sounds when you talk, read, sing, and write together. Play allows children to practice everything they've learned!

Here are some practical ways to SING to your baby:

  • Singing to your baby during every diaper change will help your baby learn individual sounds and prepare your child for reading.
    (Find some diaper changing song suggestions on our YouTube channel!)
  • Sing to your baby daily; it's ok if you're not a good singer! Your baby thinks your voice is the most beautiful sound in the world and they learn sounds from you.
Want more song suggestions?

We will teach you some of our favorite baby lap bounces, baby lifting songs, baby tickles, and baby body movement songs!

Read more about how the Babies Need Words Every Day initiative from the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) is working to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap to support family literacy and learning across all backgrounds.



Babies Need Words Every Day...so READ to them!

Children learn new words, letters, and sounds when you talk, read, sing, and write together. Play allows children to practice everything they've learned!

Here are some practical ways to READ to your baby:

  • Read or recite a rhyme aloud to your baby. Your baby learns words from the rich language.
  • Read to your child every day. It's okay if your baby gets restless. You can finish the book later.

Read more about how the Babies Need Words Every Day initiative from the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) is working to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap to support family literacy and learning across all backgrounds.


Online Program: Storytime Socials! Starting Thursday, April 30th

We have loved bringing storytime to you through our YouTube videos, but we miss seeing your faces! On Thursdays at 9:30a.m. from April 30th to May 28th, we will have a live, interactive storytime option to help us feel a little more like we are all together again. 

Register for each week you'd like to join us!
A valid email address is required to get the Zoom invite.

We look forward to being with you again!

Babies Need Words Every Day...so TALK to them!

Children learn new words, letters, and sounds when you talk, read, sing, and write together. Play allows children to practice everything they've learned!

Here are some practical ways to TALK to your baby:

  • When you walk from place to place with your child and talk about the things you see, your child learns new words.
  • Ask your baby lots of questions and respond to the answers yourself. The more words you use, the more words your child will know.

Read more about how the Babies Need Words Every Day initiative from the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) is working to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap to support family literacy and learning across all backgrounds.