Week of the Young Child, April 6 - April 12, 2014

Grow a Reader classes | Community Events | Fast Facts About the Early Years | Links of Interest

Early childhood education is vital to our community. Children need a strong early learning foundation to succeed in school and to succeed in life. By bringing your child to the library & storytimes, you are growing a reader & providing a great start!

Make a difference in your community:

  • Support early literacy programs. Early reading skills are crucial for young children to be ready for school.
  • Reach out and thank parents, teachers, and all adults who help young children get a great start.
  • Support policies at the local, state, and federal levels that provide high-quality early learning opportunities for all young children.

Grow a Reader classes:

Visit us at one of this week's classes:

Specially trained staff present stories, songs, and activities that lay the foundation your child needs to get ready to read.

Mother Goose Time
Ages 2 and under with a caregiver. Drop-in.
Monday, April 7, 10:00-10:15 @ Salem Church
Tuesday, April 8, 9:30-9:45 @ Porter
Tuesday, April 8, 10:30-10:45 @ Headquarters
Wednesday, April 9, 9:30-9:45 @ Headquarters
Wednesday, April 9, 10:30-10:45 @ Snow
Thursday; April 10, 10:30-10:45 @ Porter
Friday, April 11 10:00-10:15 @ England Run

Toddler Time
Ages 2-3 with a caregiver. Drop-in. 
Monday, April 7, 11:00-11:20 @ Salem Church
Tuesday, April 8, 10:30-10:50 @Snow
Tuesday, April 8 10:00-10:20 @ England Run
Tuesday, April 8 10:30-10:50 @ Porter
Wednesday, April 9, 10:30-10:50 @ Headquarters
Thursday, April 10, 11:00-11:20 @ Salem Church
Friday, April 11, 9:30-9:50 @ Headquarters
Friday, April 11 11:00-11:20 @ England Run

Alphabet Soup
Ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Daycares welcome. Drop-in.
Monday, April 7, 11:00-11:30 @ Snow
Tuesday, April 8, 9:30-10:00 @ Headquarters
Wednesday, April 9 10:00-10:30 and 11:00-11:30 @ England Run
Friday, April 11, 9:30-10:00 and 10:30-11:00 @ Porter
Friday, April 11, 10:00-10:30 and 11:00-11:30 @ Salem Church

Preschool Time
Ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Daycares welcome. Drop-in.
Tuesday, April 8 11:00-11:30 @ England Run
Thursday, April 10, 9:30-10:00 @ Porter
Thursday, April 10, 10:00-10:30 @ Salem Church
Friday, April 11, 10:30-11:00 @ Headquarters

Books Before Bedtime
All Ages with a caregiver. Drop in.
Tuesday, April 8, 7:00-7:30 @ Salem Church
Wednesday, April 9, 7:00-7:30 @ Porter

Special Guest Readers:

Alphabet Soup with C. Douglas Barnes, Spotsylvania County Administrator
Monday, April 7, 11
Snow Branch

Alphabet Soup 
Tuesday, April 8, 9:30 with Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw
Headquarters Library

Alphabet Soup with Anthony Romanello, Stafford County Administrator
Wednesday, April 9, 11
England Run Branch

Preschool Time with Kathy Smith, Spotsylvania County Public Information Officer
Thursday, April 10, 10
Salem Church Branch

Alphabet Soup
Friday, April 11, 9:30 with Sheriff Charlie Jett, Stafford County
Porter Branch 

Community Events:

Kindergarten Enrollment Day!
Tuesday, April 8

Ready Freddy says...Kindergarten, Here I Come!  If your child turns 5 by September 30, it’s time to to register for the upcoming school year.  Call your local school or visit their website for more information about times and paperwork requirements.  


Saturday, April 12, 9-12
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center

Caregivers with babies and young children will be able to meet with library staff, area non-profits and companies who will share information and samples of products and services you’re sure to love.   Activities include a 3-D printer demonstration, a children’s fashion show and costume character photo opportunities. The March of Dimes “March for Babies” will also be held.



Fast Facts about the Early Years:

  • Studies show that every $1 invested in early childhood education returns up to $17 to our community.
  • Providers with specialized training are more likely to be nurturing, reinforce early literacy skills, and challenge and enhance children’s learning.
  • One in seven children in our community arrives in kindergarten without basic skills to succeed.
  • Children exposed to books early in life have better language skills than those who wait until later.
  • The seeds of desirable workforce skills-critical thinking, teamwork, effective communication - are planted before the age of five.
  • Parents should visit and inspect their child’s daycare center.  Only 62% (221) of area programs are regulated and inspected; the rest are exempt.   
  • 90%  percent of a child’s brain is developed before reaching kindergarten so read, talk, play and sing every day with your child.  


Links of Interest:

Choosing High Quality Care:

Why Quality Matters:



Brain Development: