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Come and Play with Us at Our NEW Early Literacy Center!


The Early Literacy Center is located next to the Children’s Room in the Amos Memorial
Public Library in Sidney.


It is designed for parents and young children under 6 years old to engage in activities to
promote Early Literacy. Parents and young children may interact, play, and explore with
activities and toys designed to assist children in acquiring Early Literacy Skills.


There is NO charge to use the Center.


Parents, grandparents, or caregivers at least 18 years old and young children are
welcome to explore the many toys and activities promoting the development of Early
Literacy skills.


A computer is available for parents or grandparents to skype with their young children or
grandchildren. Appointments may be made ahead of time for this service.


The Center will be open during regular library hours, unless the room is reserved for
library programs

The Early Literacy Center in funded in part through an Institute of Museum and Library Services LSTA
grant awarded by the State Library of Ohio.

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  • Begin reading to your child as soon as possible.
  • Use Mother Goose rhymes, songs and fingerplays to stimulate language.
  • Read as often as possible.
  • Start with picture books and build up to storybooks.
  • Challenge your child but don’t be overwhelming.



  • Don’t read stories you don’t enjoy.
  • Don’t continue reading a book once it is obvious it was a poor choice, i.e. too hard to understand.
  • Don’t read above a child’s emotional level.
  • Don’t be unnerved if your child asks questions while you are reading.
  • Don’t use reading time as a weapon, i.e. “If you don’t clean up, no story tonight.”


Recipe for Reading

1 relaxed child

1 book of colorful pictures and / or a good story

1 accommodating parental lap

Combine each evening with no interruptions allowed





  • Are never too young to enjoy stories
  • Need good books to help extend their horizons as well as build skills and clarify concepts
  • Should be introduced to a wide variety of books to treasure
  • Deserve to have books available to them in many different situations, presented in creative ways
  • Can increase their understanding of themselves and others as a result of being exposed to good books
  • Need experiences with stories and books before the beginning of the formal reading instruction
  • Need caring adults who will share a love of books, stories, poems and rhymes with them.




What is Early Literacy?

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. You can help your child learn important skills now so they can become good readers.

Why parents are so important in helping their children get ready to read:

  • You know your children best
  • Children learn best when they are in a good mood, and you know their moods best.
  • You can help your children learn reading skills in ways that are easiest for them.
  • Children learn best by doing things - and they love doing things with you. Take every chance you have to read with your children, talk about sotries, sing songs and play word games.
  • Ask us at the library for the names of books to read with your little one.
  • Ask us about library programs that you and your child can enjoy together.




PRINT AWARENESSKnowing how we follow written words on a page and how to open and handle a book with care.
Ideas: When reading, follow the text with your finger. Point out the author and title of the book. Point out words around children see everyday such as street signs, menus, or even their favorite cereal box.

PRINT MOTIVATION - a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books.
Ideas: Read to your child/children from the time they are very little. Start with just pictures with simple stories and then grow to longer stories.

VOCABULARY – Knowing the names of things.
Ideas: Talk with your child / children about what is going on around them. Name the items that they use everyday. Sing songs and repeating nursery rhymes. They are great ways to build their vocabulary.

PHONOLOGICAL SENSITIVITY – The ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds within the words.
Ideas: Repeat silly songs, nursery rhymes or repeat rhyming words. Clap out the syllables of words or rhymes. (example: pease porridge hot, clapping your hands on each word)

NARRATIVE SKILLS - The ability to describe things and events or to tell stories.
Ideas: Read a short story. Then, have your child tell it back to you in their own words or by drawing pictures of the story.

LETTER KNOWLEDGE – Knowing that each letter has a name and a sound to make.
Ideas: Teach your child / children the letters in their name. Point out letters on their nametags for storytime, or on their toys. Read alphabet books.