Early Literacy

Early Literacy Centers

Our Early Literacy Centers (ELCs) are interactive play spaces that encourage learning through play. The spaces are designed especially for children ages birth to six and their caregivers. We currently have three ELCs: one at the Main Library, one at our Northwest Branch Library in Carroll and one at our Bremen Branch in Bremen.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages parents to read 1000 books with their preschool-aged children before they go off to kindergarten. Books can be repeated again and again. Any and all books read to the child can be counted for this program. Reading aloud to your children can increase their vocabulary, their storytelling skills, and their interest in reading, all of which can help them achieve more when they start school!

Adapted Toys

Adapted toys are toys that are either made especially for children with special needs or are “off the shelf” toys that are adapted to meet the needs of children with disabilities. Play serves a critical role in the development of a child, and toys are the tools of play.

Other Links

We’ve collected some other useful early literacy resources for you including an Ohio Family Literacy Calendar, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and more.