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Early Learners

Early Literacy

Get tips on how to prepare your child to learn to read.


Storytimes have a variety of benefits for kids of all ages.

Kindergarten Readiness

Our storytimes are geared towards preparing kids for kindergarten.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Hearing books being read gives kids a great start to learning to read. Track your books to reach 1000 books.

Online Resources

Upcoming Events
Woodneath Library Center
Tue, Mar 27, 2018 - 6:30pm
Upcoming Events
North Independence
Sat, Mar 24, 2018 - 10:00am
Colbern Road
Sat, Mar 24, 2018 - 10:00am
Sat, Mar 24, 2018 - 10:30am

Award Winning Books!

Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award Nominees

Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award Winners

Get Every Child Ready to Read!

  • Narrative Skills: Encourage your child to describe things and events in books. Help them to pretend and be a storyteller.
  • Letter Knowledge: Show your child that letters are different from each other, they have different names and sounds.
  • Print Awareness: Help your child to notice print everywhere. Help them to hold a book, turn pages, and follow the words on a page.
  • Vocabulary: Teach your child the specific names of things. What kind of vegetable, what kind of dog, what kind of flower, etc.
  • Print Motivation: Find books with pictures and words that appeal to your child. Pictures with children, moveable, texture, bright colors, etc.
  • Phonological Awareness: Help your child hear the smaller sounds in words. Through songs, rhymes, and games, help them break down the words.

This information is from a joint project of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association. For more information, visit Every Child Ready to Read .

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