WHAT IS EARLY LITERACY?
Early Literacy is everything that children learn about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Reading aloud and bringing books into daily life is the key to encouraging and developing a young child’s ability to read. By reading, talking, singing, playing, and writing with your child – you give them the foundation for literacy and success! 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.
The Otsego District Library is excited to offer 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to local preschool aged children along with ten other Allegan County Libraries! The Allegan County Library Association has partnered with the Allegan County United Way and Volunteer Center, who has given a $7000 grant to fund supplies for the children of Allegan County for five years!
Sign up at the library for our easy, fun, FREE, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! Any child that has not started kindergarten is eligible to participate. Anyone in Allegan County can sign up at their home library for this program. Click HERE to register your child today!
Rise & Shine Early Literacy Center – Currently closed due to COVID-19 Restrictions
The library strives to enrich young minds by encouraging early literacy. In doing this we have created an amazing and FREE literacy center with changing themes. The facility is available for access any time during library hours; direct parental supervision is required. The outdoor play area is available Memorial Day through Labor Day during library hours. Stop by the library to learn and play with your preschool aged child today.
Resources for Readers, Pre-Readers, and Parents
Still looking for fun games and activities that are age appropriate for your child? Your children can learn something new today in a safe online environment. Follow THIS LINK to find twenty free educational websites for kids are fun while offering online teaching games, printables, videos, and so much more.