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Myrna Chelko Literacy Initiatives

Little Sprouts Early Literacy Initiative

The Little Sprouts 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.

Little Sprouts Myrna Chelko Literacy Initiative
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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 logo

Through a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library 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.

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

Check the calendar for future storytimes.

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.
This event is full

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.
This event is full

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.

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.

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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!

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.

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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.

Beanstack is a digital tool to track your reading and other library challenges throughout the year!

Sign up for Beanstack once and track your progress year after year. You can sign up the whole family and track not only your own reading but your kids' progress in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, the Myrna Chelko Early Literacy Initiative and more.

Download the Beanstack Tracker app to keep up with your reading on the go on your favorite mobile device.

Beanstack logoGo to the Apple App StoreGo to the Google Play Store

Myrna ChelkoMyrna Chelko Literacy Initiatives are made possible through a generous donation in honor of Myrna Chelko, a steadfast 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.