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The Library's Early Literacy Program

The Library's Early Literacy Program

For Toddlers

A Play with Letters Activity for Toddlers

Alphabet I Spy

Play with Letters Find print everywhere. Play with words and letters.


Alphabet I Spy

Take a walk in your neighborhood and point out all the letters you can see - on signs, buildings, or even license plates. Talk about the different letters you see, especially ones that are meaningful to your child. "The stop sign starts with S, just like your name!" You could even play I Spy or create a scavenger hunt to see how many signs, words, or letters you can find.


Happy Summer!

Five little ladybugs napping in a tree, (close eyes and pretend to sleep)
Wake up to the sound of a bumblebee. (BZZZZ)
A little bunny’s  feet go hop hop, hop, (bounce up and down)
A shower of raindrops go plop, plop, plop. (pat hands on legs)
Then a silly little bird sings loud and clear (sing TWEET TWEET TWEET)
And the ladybugs say, “Summer must be here!”


Click the book jackets to find these books and more at the Library.

Find these books at

  • Summer Stroll in the City
  • Summer Stroll in the City by Cathy Goldberg Fishman
  • Guinea Pigs Go Bug Hunting
  • Guinea Pigs Go Bug Hunting by Kate Sheehy
  • Up, Down, and Around the City
  • Up, Down, and Around the City by Christianne Jones


Our interactive storytimes introduce young children to books, reading and language with stories, songs and activities. Parents learn fun ways to build the early literacy skills their children need to learn to read.

Find Storytimes