Research shows that birth through age five is the most important time for a child's brain development. These first five years are critical for building early literacy skills and encouraging positive attitudes towards reading and learning.Beyond Books and Discovery Depot are specially designed areas to help promote the pre-literacy skills babies, toddlers and preschoolers need. Developmentally appropriate activities in these areas focus on a variety of skills, from letter recognition that helps children get ready to read, to group play that helps to develop social skills.
Early Literacy Activity Center
Available during regular Library hours:
Monday–Friday...........9:30am – 8:30pm
Saturday....................10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday......................1:00 pm – 5:00pm
Closed Sundays: Memorial Day through Labor Day
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to interact with their children as they learn through play.
DISCOVERY DEPOT: Educational Play Area in the Story Room
Discovery Depot returns with a variety of early learning stations and activities for adults to explore with their children. The Discovery Depot is designed for children from birth to Kindergarten and their adult caregiver. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Hours:
Monday–Friday.........9:30 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday..................10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday.......................1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
December 14 - 31
Stop by the The Caboose Café to make and serve pretend pizza and ice cream. February 8 - 21 The Veterinary Clinic will be open for you to take care of the library's stuffed animals!
What can I do?
Experts believe these five activities: talking, singing, playing, reading, and writing are the most effective activities your child needs to gain a head start in life.
Even before babies can say a single word, you can have a dialogue with them—just respond to babies’ sounds as if they had asked a question or made an observation about whatever you had said previously.
Music encourages the enjoyment of sound, stimulates spontaneous motor movement, and improves the ability to concentrate.
The exploration in play allows connections to form in children’s play, between what they are doing, what they think or feel about what they are doing, and what they are discovering as they do that particular activity.
Children begin developing pre-reading skills as soon as they chew on a board book and learn how the pages are turned. As they hear stories, they are learning vocabulary, sentence structure and comprehension.
By holding a crayon and scribbling, children learn hand-eye coordination and develop the fine motor skills they will need to hold a pencil and make letters.