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.

StoryTimeToddlerTime combined 2018


StoryTime is a free, interactive program for children and families of all ages that takes place Fridays at 11:00 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 11:00, January-April 27, Library Children’s Corner

Songs and Stories with Nomi (ToddlerTime)

ToddlerTime 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, songs, snacks, rhymes, felt boards, puppets, and more.

Wednesdays at 10:30, Ongoing


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 CRD Parc with funding from Island Link Library Federation.

Third Friday of every month, 10:00 am to dusk, Mouat Park

Spring/Summer 2018 Books:

February 16: Corduroy by Don Freeman
March 16: The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
April 20: Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
May 18: Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
June 15: The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers
July 20 Duck in a Truck by Jez Alborough


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.