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Discover Early Literacy at MRCPL

Laurel Bocka April 05, 2021

Early Literacy is what your child knows about reading and writing before they can actually read or write!

We have so many resources and items available to help promote early literacy at home, here are a few of our favorites!

1. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten -

Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books!) before your child starts kindergarten. Overwhelmed?  Don't be! If you read just 1 book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around 5 years of age, you have more time than you think.  When your child has read 100 books, bring them to the library to receive their free book tote bag. When they have read 500 books, they will receive a free book. When they read 1000 books and have completed the program, they will receive a ten-dollar gift card for Barnes and Noble!
Find the printable sheets here or visit your local library location for more information.

Books 1-100  101-200  201-300  301-400  401-500  501-600  601-700  701-800  801-900   901-1000


2. Little Free Libraries - 

Take a book, leave a book!  Visit one of our Little Free Libraries and find some new books to enjoy with your kids!  We have boxes conveniently located at Marshall Park in Ontario, Gorman Nature Center in Lexington, the Olivesburg General Store near Crestview, and more!  


3. Virtual Story Times - 

Every Tuesday morning, one of our Children's Staff hosts a new story time starter video on our website!  Each video has a theme with book suggestions, a short story, a craft idea, and an early literacy tip.  Stop by any of our library locations to pick up the accompanying story time kit each week or download the packet from our website.   


4. Storyline - 

Need a quick story? Call our Storyline! Each week a new children’s book is read aloud and recorded by library volunteers or staff. Call 419.526.BOOK (2665)! It will answer on the first ring and start reading to you right away!  We have had the Storyline service for over 30 years! Not only is it another way for children to hear a story, but Storyline is also a great learning tool for dialing a phone and number recognition.


5. Online Resources - 

We've compiled a list of some of our favorite online resources for building early literacy skills.  Here are a few websites with early literacy calendars, ideas, games, book suggestions, and more!

Fun Fingerplays and Rhymes - Favorites chosen by MRCPL Children's Staff.

Early Literacy Calendar - Fun activities to do each day of the month to help prepare your child to read!

Reading and Literacy Games - Educational sites chosen by MRCPL Children's Staff.

Lil' Fingers Storybooks - a storybook site for toddlers with educational games, storybooks, and printable coloring pages.

PBS KIDS - Educational Games, videos, and activities for kids.

Baby Karaoke - Sing along with nursery rhymes & songs for baby from the Raising Children Network.

Day By Day Ohio -  A tool that families, caregivers, educators, and librarians can use at home, at the library, on the go, and in the classroom. It features fun interactive daily content you can use to help your child develop early literacy skills.

PBS Parents Reading and Language - Learn how children become readers and writers and how you can help them develop by talking, reading, and writing together every day.

Grow Up Reading - Information on brain development, emergent literacy, activities, and books to read for each stage of your child's development.

Get Ready to - Early Literacy information from the National Center for Learning Disabilities.


6. And last but certainly not least: Books!

We have books and lots of them!  Utilize our collection however you can, that's what we're here for!  Our friendly children's staff are also here to help.  They can point out books for any age, any genre, and any subject material that is perfect for you and your kids.  If you don't have time to browse the shelves, fill out this form for our Customized Selections service!  We will handpick your specified amount of books and have them on hold for you at your local library location for you to pick up at your convenience. 

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