Bring storytimes with you

Early Bird Readers is a new digital early learning program for parents, caregivers, and teachers that is based on the Very Ready Reading Program used in all of our storytime classes.

Each week, a children’s librarian will text a tip or activity to share with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, with additional activity videos sent monthly. All texts and videos will be made available on this page.

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Get your child on the path to reading

There are seven simple ways to get children on the path to reading, and it’s never too early to start. Share books, songs, stories, words, rhymes, sounds, and play to give them the building blocks needed to learn how to read later.

By sharing one of these every day, you can build reading and words into your daily routines and conversations with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. When children are used to hearing new words and know how stories are told, reading books won’t be so overwhelming when they start school. By using the words and stories all around us instead of flash cards, you will give your kids a better foundation to become readers when they are ready. Contact Shelley Harris or Jenny Jackson with any questions.

Early Bird Readers texts and videos

The year is almost over! SHARE FAVORITE STORIES from 2016, see what they remember, then make memory books with stories, photos and drawings.

December 2016

SHARE SONGS and turn them into art! Draw stories and characters from favorite songs. What happens after you ride in a one horse open sleigh?

December 2016

Miss Jenny and Miss Shelley share activities and books to help kids develop vocabulary around gratitude, kindness and giving back.

View our entire playlist on YouTube.

December 2016

SHARE WORDS with your fingers, writing letters and words on your child for them to name. Bonus: it’s a calming activity during a hectic season.

December 2016

SHARE PLAY: Blocks and puzzles are great for helping kids get their fingers ready to hold books and pencils. Describe the pieces as you go!

December 2016

SHARE NONSENSE RHYMES: They don’t need to make sense! They help kids hear patterns of words and speech anyway, and silliness keeps their attention.

December 2016