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The Library's Early Literacy Program

Tiny Tip

 You don't always have to read the words! Make up a story to go with the pictures or use a book with a cd to share stories together. Use the Library catalog or ask a librarian to help you find books with cd's.


Play equals learning!

About Racing to Read

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they learn how to read and write. Reading, talking, singing and playing with children from birth make learning to read easier!

Bring your child to a library branch near you to discover all the Library has to offer, including storytimes, play-and-learn centers, creative, knowledgeable staff and, of course, books. For more information, email racingtoread@thelibrary.org.

5 Roads to Reading

  • Love Books Have fun reading books you and your child enjoy.
  • Sing and Rhyme Play with sounds, songs and rhymes.
  • Tell Stories Create stories, play make-believe and let your child be the storyteller.
  • Talk and Read Explore lots of words with your child.
  • Play with Letters Find print everywhere. Play with words and letters.