Early Childhood Literacy at the Library

Learning to read or write doesn’t start with the first day of school. Developing language and

literacy skills starts at birth. Parents are a child’s first teacher and those early years are instrumental in how a child will perform later in life.

Cute child

The Cedar Rapids Public Library offers a variety of resources for parents and caregivers. These resources vary from items in the library collection of books to programs geared at the youngest library users. Staff are trained in “Every Child Ready to Read” an initiative of the American Library Association, to work with parents and caregivers on those five early literacy skills:

  1. Talking
  2. Writing
  3. Reading
  4. Playing
  5. Singing

Each of these five traits help get kids ready for school and set them up to be lifelong learners.

If you have a child or care for a child under the age of five, join us at the library each week for programs such as Play and Learn, Mother Goose on the Loose, Stories for Scooters and Parachute Play (starting in January). These programs offer curriculum based fun for early learners and their grown ups, and everyone leaves with added skills to take home. For more information or to register for any of our programs, visit our events calendar today.

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