Early Years Literacy Programs

Early Literacy Programs use stories, songs, games, rhymes, crafts, and other interactive activities to help young children build early literacy skills. In addition to providing entertainment, early literacy programs introduce children to the building blocks of literacy: rhyme, rhythm, repetition, and the narrative form. These activities help children gain social skills and develop creativity and visual literacy.

Studies have shown that children who regularly attend library StoryTimes or similar programs perform better in school and other learning environments.


StoryTime Notice Oct - Dec 2017StoryTime is a free, interactive program for children and families of all ages that takes place Fridays at 10:30 in the library children’s corner, from October to April (with breaks for winter and spring holidays).  In the summer months, we move outside for Market StoryTime at the Saturday Market!StoryTime is a great way to build early literacy skills, read new books and old favourites, and have fun with games, crafts, and more!   Presented by Nikky, the children’s librarian, the program is particularly suited for children 3 – 6 years of age.

Fridays at 10:30, October 6 to December 22, 2017, Library Children’s Corner


ToddlerTime Notice- Nov-Dec 2017Toddler Time is a drop-in time for toddlers, ages 1-3 and their families to connect with each other over a good story.  Older siblings are welcome as well.  Join Nomi for books, snacks, rhymes, felt boards, puppets, and more.

Wednesdays at 10:30, November 22-December 27, 2017, Library Program Room





Mother Goose

Join Nomi and Hannah on Wednesday mornings in the program room for Parent-Child Mother Goose. The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program provides young children and caregivers a time to enjoy songs, rhymes, and playtime together. Free of charge and presented in partnership with Family Place.

Wednesdays at 10:30, September 20-November 22, 2017, Library Program Room


StoryWalk is a self-led program where participants walk from the library, through Mouat Park to the pool, following the story along the path. Fun for all ages!  Presented in partnership with Parc.

Third Friday of every month, 10:30 am to dusk, Mouat Park

For more information on these and other children’s programs, please contact Librarian Nikky McCarvill at nmccarvill@saltspringlibrary.com, or by phone at 250-537-4666 ex. 225.