All Library branches will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

The Library's Early Literacy Program

Tiny Tip

 Midtown Carnegie Branch Library has Pajama Storytimes every Tuesday in September at 6 p.m. for infants to grade 2. Wear your pajamas and cuddle up with a stuffed animal as you listen to stories and sing songs perfect for bedtime. 

Puzzle play boosts 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

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.