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.
FRIDAYS, 11:00 OCTOBER 4-NOVEMBER 29
StoryTime is a great way to build early literacy skills, read new books and
old favourites, and have fun with games, crafts, and more! Everyone
welcome, aimed towards ages 3-6
Parent-Child Mother Goose Program
Join Nomi and Hannah for Singing, Rhymes, Snacks and Stories!
The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program is a 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. Presented in partnership
with Salt Spring Island Community Services. For more info: 250-537-9176 or
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.
THIRD FRIDAY OF THE MONTH, 10:30-5:00
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.
SEPTEMBER 20 The Black Rabbit by Phillipa Leathers
OCTOBER 18 Five Little Monkeys Play Hide and Seek by Eileen Christelow
NOVEMBER 15 Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough
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
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.
FOR DAYCARES AND PRESCHOOLS
Nikky the 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 Nikky for more info, or to
schedule a visit.
For more information on these and other children’s programs, please contact Librarian Nikky McCarvill at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 250-537-4666 ex. 225.