GETTING READY TO READ

As children get a bit older, you can add more intentional early reading skills to the time you spend together. Just as your child learned to crawl before they could walk, they need a solid base of words, letters, reading, and stories to get ready for the hard work of learning to read. You may not think of yourself as a teacher, but you will be teaching your child to read at this age by building a base of language and understanding.

Talk: Talking with children helps them learn new words and stimulates brain development which encourages learning. 

Talking tips: Talk during morning routines, in the car, waiting in line, before a nap, during meals, doing household chores, at the store, out on a walk, during bath times, and before bedtime. 

Ask your child questions like:

  • “How many red things do we see?”
  • “What do we see when we look up?”
  • “How does taking a walk make us feel?”
  • “What kinds of animals do we see right now?”
  • “What kind of animals do you like?”

Sing: Singing, which also includes rhyming, increases children’s ability to hear different sounds within words and prepares them to sound out written words. 

Things to sing about: Clean up, bath time, diaper changes, reading time, daily tasks, and classic nursery songs. 

 Nursery rhymes with singing and actions such as I’m a “Little Teapot,” “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” can be shared any time during your day,

Play: Playing is one of the main ways young children learn about the world which helps children understand books and stories once they begin to read. 

Things needed for play: A little space and simple props like large boxes, old clothes, empty food containers, and empty paper towel rolls. Using props helps spark your child’s imagination! 

As your child plays, sit with them and ask questions:

“Tell me about this building.”

“What do you like about this?”

“What happens next?”

Write: As soon as a child can grasp a crayon, they can begin scribbling which sets the stage for more advanced writing. 

Things needed for writing: pencils, crayons, markers, and scrap paper for your child to practice writing and drawing. 

Have children trace dotted lines and shapes, use sidewalk chalk outside, make racetracks on a piece of paper for toy cars, let your child help with making a grocery list. 

Read: Reading to and with  little ones is the single most important way to help children become skilled, lifelong readers. Even though they won’t understand all of the words and stories at first, you will be creating a reader with each word you share.

Reading to the youngest children: Have fun! Don’t make reading a chore or stressful. You don’t have to finish a book if your child is no longer interested in sitting still. Let your child choose the books they want to read – preschoolers start to have very strong opinions and are more likely to engage longer with books they have an interest in.

Individual training: The Library’s early reading specialists provide individual and group training to help get your child ready to read. You will get a free kit with books and early literacy materials.

Call 419.259.5253 for help.

Storytimes: Storytimes are a great way to make getting ready to read fun and easy! Choose from a variety of age groups and locations. View storytimes

Get a free Library card! Make sure you have lots of books for reading to your child. Your Library card allows you to check out unlimited books and we don’t charge fees if you return your books late. Get a card today.

Get free books sent to your house: Sign up today for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to have one free book per month sent to your home for all children under age five. Sign up for free books.

Let us get a stack of books for you. Are you too busy or overwhelmed to come find books to read to your child? Tell us what topic you’d like and we’ll get a stack that you can pick up at your preferred location. Request books to read to your child. 

Come play at the Library. All of our locations have play spaces just for children, including a huge children’s space at Main Library. These spaces are also a great place for you to get support from our librarians while meeting other parents and caregivers. Plan a trip today.

Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(Th) April 25 | 6 — 7 p.m. | Online Programs

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

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Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(W) May 8 | 1 — 2 p.m. | Washington

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

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Countdown to Kindergarten

(Th) May 9 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Sanger

Get ready for Kindergarten with the Library at this fun, hands on event.

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Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(Tu) May 14 | 6 — 7 p.m. | Online Programs

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

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Countdown to Kindergarten

(Tu) May 21 | 6 — 7 p.m. | King Road

Get ready for Kindergarten with the Library at this fun, hands on event.

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Helping your K-3 Reader

(Th) May 23 | noon — 1 p.m. | Online Programs

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

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Countdown to Kindergarten

(Tu) June 4 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Mott

Get ready for Kindergarten with the Library at this fun, hands on event.

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Helping your K-3 Reader

(Th) June 13 | 2 — 3 p.m. | West Toledo

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

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Helping your K-3 Reader

(M) June 17 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Waterville

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

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Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(F) June 21 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Waterville

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

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Helping your K-3 Reader

(M) June 24 | 6 — 7 p.m. | Heatherdowns

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

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Countdown to Kindergarten

(Tu) June 25 | 6 — 7 p.m. | Kent

Get ready for Kindergarten with the Library at this fun, hands on event.

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Helping your K-3 Reader

(W) July 3 | noon — 1 p.m. | Online Programs

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

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Helping your K-3 Reader

(M) July 8 | 1 — 2 p.m. | Sylvania

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

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Countdown to Kindergarten

(W) July 10 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Holland

Get ready for Kindergarten with the Library at this fun, hands on event.

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Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(Th) July 11 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Birmingham

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

Register

Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(W) July 17 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Online Programs

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

Register

Helping your K-3 Reader

(W) July 17 | 1 — 2 p.m. | Sanger

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

Register

Countdown to Kindergarten

(Th) July 18 | 6 — 7 p.m. | Oregon

Get ready for Kindergarten with the Library at this fun, hands on event.

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Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(Th) August 1 | 6 — 7 p.m. | Sanger

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

Register

Helping your K-3 Reader

(M) August 5 | 4 — 5 p.m. | Locke

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

Register

Early Literacy Parent/Caregiver Training

(Tu) August 6 | 10 — 11 a.m. | Online Programs

Learn tips and tricks to incorporate early literacy practices into your daily life for your child ages 0-4.

Register

Helping your K-3 Reader

(F) August 16 | noon — 1 p.m. | Online Programs

Let us support you and your K-3 child on their reading journey. Participating caregivers will receive a Ready to Read K-3 toolkit, filled with tools and activities to help strengthen reading skills.

Register