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Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative

The Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative is open to children ages 4 and under. Participating in this initiative will help build the habits that foster early literacy development and lifelong learning. Literacy and language development are closely linked to a baby's earliest positive experiences with parents and caregivers.

Visit WPPL's Beanstack site to sign up for the initiative and track your child's progress. Or use a printed log available in Youth Services or for download here as a PDF.

Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative logo
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Register for the WPPL 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program and log your first 50 books.

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!

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Enroll in the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library Program.

Ohio Governor's Imagination Library/Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library is starting a new chapter in early childhood literacy across Ohio. Through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, this program is working to send every child in Ohio from birth to age five a new book each month. Enroll online to receive monthly updates on book delivery as well as reading tips to help your child get the most out of their Imagination Library membership. You can ensure that your student enters kindergarten ready to succeed!

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Attend three storytimes at WPPL (virtual or in person).

View past virtual storytimes on YouTube.

Check the calendar for future storytimes.

Wed, Oct 05, 1:00pm - 1:30pm
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, Oct 05, 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, Oct 06, 9:30am - 10:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For children ages birth - 24 months with a caregiver.
This event is full

Thu, Oct 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.
This event is full

Thu, Oct 06, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Storytime Room
Children ages 4 and 5 are invited to rotate through skill stations in preparation for making the leap into Kindergarten.

Thu, Oct 06, 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.

Sat, Oct 08, 10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! Ages 2-6 with a caregiver.

Sun, Oct 09, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Storytime Room
Learn basic sewing skills and create a sewn project while listening to a story with sewing as its central theme. K-2nd grade
This event is full

Tue, Oct 11, 9:30am - 10:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For children ages birth - 24 months with a caregiver.

Tue, Oct 11, 10:15am - 10:45am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For children ages 2 - 3 1/2 years with adult caregiver.
This event is full

Tue, Oct 11, 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, Oct 12, 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, Oct 12, 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, Oct 13, 9:30am - 10:00am
Storytime Room
Join us for rhymes, songs and play! For children ages birth - 24 months with a caregiver.
Registration opens Thursday, October 6 2022 at 9:00am

Thu, Oct 13, 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 opens Thursday, October 6 2022 at 9:00am

Sat, Oct 15, 10:30am - 11:15am
This program has been canceled for its date of October 15.
This event is full

Mon, Oct 17, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Have fun creating some not-so-scary creature crafts with this month's kit. Registration required.
Registration opens Monday, October 10 2022 at 9:00am

Mon, Oct 17, 10:00am - 10:30am
Storytime Room
Develop pre-reading skills with music, movement and rhythm through stories, songs and rhymes. Ages 2-6.
Registration opens Monday, October 10 2022 at 9:00am

Tue, Oct 18, 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, October 11 2022 at 9:00am

Canceled
Tue, Oct 18, 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Before heading out to the ArtWalk, join us in storytime and learn about the Moon Festival, a tradition celebrated in Chinese culture. Also called... more
Before heading out to the ArtWalk, join us in storytime and learn about the Moon Festival, a tradition celebrated in Chinese culture. Also called Mid-Autumn Festival, it dates back over 3000 years.

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Check out a Sprout Early Literacy Backpack.

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!

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Complete 3 Kindergarten Readiness Activities.

Check out our Early Literacy blog posts, print or pick up an Early Literacy Activity calendar, or contact Youth Services for suggestions to complete the challenge.

Early Literacy Blogs

Visit our blog site for early literacy activities like Free Play for ages 3 and under and KinderClub for ages 3 and up!

Early Literacy Activities Calendar

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. One page is a calendar with a fun skills-building activity for each day and the other contains supplementary content like nursery rhymes, early literacy tips, song lyrics, or suggested reading material.

Suma stuffed animal with mini SumasIn addition to a fun and creative beginning to a lifetime of learning, every participant who completes the challenge receives a mini Suma the Puma to continue taking on their adventures!

Suma is featured in storytimes and videos created by WPPL staff. When she's not exploring, she can be found on her perch above Youth Services.

Myrna ChelkoMyrna Chelko was a wonderful person and supporter of public libraries. She served on WPPL's Board of Trustees and was instrumental in the creation of the Friends of Porter Public Library and the Westlake Porter Library Foundation.

The Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative is made possible by a generous donation in her honor.