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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 2021

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.

Storytime & Playtime Programs
Tue, May 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
Join us on Facebook or YouTube, and enjoy a storytime while learning a few words in sign language! Ages 0-3.

Mon, May 24, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Enjoy this kit as you keep time to some of your favorite songs! You can use your imagination and be part of your very own Marching Band! This program is... more
Enjoy this kit as you keep time to some of your favorite songs! You can use your imagination and be part of your very own Marching Band! This program is intended for Preschool aged children.
Registration opens Monday, May 17 2021 at 9:00am

Wed, May 26, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Programming 1
Join us on ZOOM for an interactive storytime featuring books, rhymes, songs, and movement. For families with children ages 2-6, siblings welcome.
Registration opens Wednesday, May 19 2021 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!

 
TumbleBook 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 Library

These tools are not available while library services are reduced during the pandemic.

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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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!