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.

Please also see our Summer 2019 Programs.



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.  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, and our new volunteer, Shauna, the program is particularly well-suited for children 3 – 6 years of age.

Fridays, Jul. 5, 12, 26, & Aug 2, 11 am, Children’s Corner


Parent-Child Mother Goose Program

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program is a free drop-in for parents, caregivers, and young children, birth to 6 years old to focus on the pleasure and power of sharing rhymes, songs and stories.

Wednesdays, July 3-August 21, 10:30 am -12 pm

A partnership of Salt Spring Island Community Services and Salt Spring Public Library

For more info please call 250-537-9176 familyplace@ssics.ca



Songs and Stories with Nomi

Songs and Stories 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, when Mother Goose is not running.



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 5 pm, Mouat Park

2019 Books:

January: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
February: I Want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen
March: Life by Cynthia Rylant and Brendan Wenzel
April: The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
May: The King Has Goat Ears by Katarina Jovanovic, Illustrated by Philippe Beha
June: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
July: Corduroy by Don Freeman
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.