The Library’s Children’s Services Department has a new center with learning activities for young children. The Early Literacy Depot is a place where parents can work with and play together with their children using manipulatives such as alphabet puzzles, magnetic letters and wooden pattern rods. These activities help children use skills contributing to their early literacy. Research shows there are six skills which help children prepare for school and learn to read. They include vocabulary, print motivation, print awareness, narrative skills, letter knowledge and phonological awareness.
At the Early Literacy Depot, there are also alphabet puppets and file folder games. Materials are for use in the library, and have already generated a lot of fun and learning opportunities. A Play Cube and a wooden Circle of Fun also make up the Early Literacy Depot. The Circle of Fun includes puzzle benches featuring an abacus, matching fruit cutouts, magnetic mazes and gears. The Early Literacy Depot has the added benefit of a place for children and their parents to socialize. The area is also located near board books for babies, concept books and our early reader collection.
Learn more about early learning at your library by visiting the American Library Association’s web’s page Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library . And, join us at the Early Literacy Depot!