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Early Literacy

Literacy development begins at birth and is closely linked to a baby's earliest experiences with books and stories.  Babies learn language through social literacy experiences - parents interacting with them using books.  These experiences also serve to associate books with parental affection, attention, and approval (ALA).


Early literacy does not mean early reading instruction or teaching babies to read; it is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between babies and parents, and the critical role of literacy-rich experiences (ALA).

We are here to help you get your baby started on his/her book-loving journey!  We offer knowledgeable staff and many great resources, all for free. Join one of our Born to Read Early Literacy Parent workshops, the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, or one of our many storytimes (for Richardson residents only).  Feel free to call us for more information: 972-744-4358.

Early Literacy Resources Available at the Library

 AWE Computer   The Early Literacy Station (ELS) is an all-in-one touchscreen computer, safe and secure, designed specifically for children ages 2-8.  This child-friendly learning computer features 70+ educational software programs and hundreds of activities spanning seven curricular subject areas.  
     
 PeekABook   Your very own private storytime is waiting just for you at Richardson Public Library with Peek-a-Book.  It's storytime-on-demand!  Children ages 3-8 are invited to visit the Peek-a-Book kiosk, sit back, and listen as the pages of a picture book unfold.
     
 Early Literacy Kits   Early Literacy Kits help support your role as your child's first literacy teacher.  Each kit contains 5 books and a music CD to encourage the development of pre-literacy skills:  Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing. (Every Child Ready to Read)

Early Literacy Links

Reading Rockets - parent resources

U.S. Department of Education - "Helping Your Child Become a Reader" (in Spanish and English)

Get Ready to Read! - supporting early literacy skills; a service of the National Center for Learning Disabilities

Richardson Public Library will soon be collaborating with Methodist Richardson Medical Center to bring early literacy to new parents.  Packets will be distributed to new parents during their stay at Methodist Richardson Medical Center.  Each packet will contain a board book, a bib, and information on the importance of reading to baby.  We are excited to start this new project! This program is funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (2017).

Last updated: 9/8/2016 3:12:35 PM