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.

 


StoryWalk

Every weekend, Friday to Monday.

StoryWalk® is a self-guided supported-activity that allows children and adults to enjoy reading and outdoor activity at the same time. Every weekend, laminated pages from a children’s book is attached to signs, These signs are then sequentially installed from the front of the Library, down the street, then though Mouat Park toward the Rainbow Road Pool. As you stroll down the trail, a story unfolds.

StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 13 countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea! ​ StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

 


Backpack Kits

AVAILABLE TO BORROW
The library lends backpack literacy kits filled with books, games, toys,
puppets, puzzles and more! Themed kits are available to check out with
any adult Salt Spring library card. Themes include: Trains, Farm, Under the
Sea, and many more! Located under the windows in the children’s section.


Books for Babies

A FREE BAG OF BOOKS AND GOODIES FOR EVERY BABY ON SALT
SPRING!
Have you got your Books for Babies Bag? Books for Babies is a free early
literacy starter-kit for your under 1 year-old. Bag includes books, CDs, and
information on childhood literacy. Available free of charge at the library
information desk, and yours to keep.


School Visits

FOR DAYCARES AND PRESCHOOLS
Our librarian and Grizzles the Bear welcome preschools and
daycares to the library for library tours and stories. We can also visit you
for library outreach StoryTimes. Please contact us for more info, or to
schedule a visit.

 

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