Program: Grow a Reader

Grow a Reader

Activities, books, classes, and Learn & Play Rooms - all designed to help build a child's brain and develop a love of books and reading.

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Learn and Play at the Library

Our Learn and Play rooms have toys, blocks, letters, and interactive panels that help teach early reading skills.

Children Can Listen and Learn with New Portable Readalongs

Coming to a library branch near you, our preloaded eBook players (readalongs) are always ready to read a story to your child…

After Hours: Evening and Weekend GAR Classes

We offer evening and weekend classes for children for those who cannot fit storytime in their weekday schedules.

Grow a Reader for Teachers

Grow a Reader for Teachers

If you're a preschool teacher, find out what you can do through our Grow a Reader program to lay the foundation for reading.

Grow a Reader: Letter Knowledge

Grow a Reader: Letter Knowledge

Teaching a child about letters is one of the first steps to growing a reader.

Sensory Time

Sensory Time

An early literacy class designed for children and youth with special needs.

Grow a Reader: Print Motivation

Grow a Reader: Print Motivation

Print motivation is an interest in and the enjoyment of books and reading.

Creative Minds

Creative Minds

Explore self-guided learning stations in a supportive environment especially for children with autism and other special needs.

Grow a Reader: Singing

Grow a Reader: Singing

When we sing, our children develop listening skills and begin hearing the rhythm of language.

Grow a Reader Outreach

Grow a Reader Outreach Program

The outreach program is designed to serve preschoolers and the adults who care for and teach them by visiting preschools and daycares.

Grow a Reader: Writing

Grow a Reader: Writing

Children begin developing the skills used in writing long before their work becomes words!

Grow a Reader: Print Awareness

Grow a Reader: Print Awareness

Help your children make connections between the words they hear and what's printed on the page.

Grow a Reader: Reading

Grow a Reader: Reading

By making early reading something fun to do every day and everywhere, caregivers can turn this activity into a positive time for everyone.

Grow a Reader: Narrative Skills

Grow a Reader: Narrative Skills

You can help your child get better at narrative skills (telling stories).

Grow a Reader: Talking

Grow a Reader: Talking

When you add new words and information to conversations with your children, you develop their vocabularies and knowledge of their world.

Grow a Reader: Playing

Grow a Reader: Playing

Playing can be a fun way for children to practice symbolic thinking, which is an important part of learning to read.

Grow a Reader: Vocabulary

Grow a Reader: Vocabulary

For a child, vocabulary is like a treasure, waiting to be discovered through the sands of all the other words in a story.

Grow a Reader: Phonological Awareness

Grow a Reader: Phonological Awareness

Introducing children to songs, stories that rhyme, and poems all increase their phonological awareness.

Grow a Reader: Book Lists

Grow a Reader Booklists

Find a great book in these lists created by library staff especially for ages 5 and under.
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