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Early Bird Readers is a digital early learning program to support parents, caregivers, and teachers. It is based on the Very Ready Reading Program used in all library 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.

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

Learn how to use ideas from books to expand your child's learning! Miss Jenny and Miss Shelley share fun sounds and opposites, plus learning expansion ideas.

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January 2017

Visit the poetry section (J811) to SHARE RHYMES: Find fun kids' poetry books for all ages by Shel Siverstein, Langston Hughes and more.

January 2017

Explore your world and SHARE PLAY! Look for animal tracks in the snow (or mud!) and then make your own. Where do they lead? Go on an adventure!

January 2017

SHARE WORDS: Connect kids to letters emotionally and physically by spelling their favorite superhero's name in sandpaper, flour, fingerpaint, etc!

January 2017

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