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Out & About Storytime: Eastatoe Community Center
March 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Welcome to Out & About Storytime!
Join us for an early literacy celebration! The Library’s Youth Services staff is taking our classic storytime out of the building and into the community with stories, movement, and songs for children five and under with their parents and caregivers. On the 1st Friday of each month we’ll be at the Eastatoe Community Center at 11:00 am. This program is free and open to the public.
The Library’s Bookmobile will also be visiting the community center from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Hop on to get a library card and check out books!
Children start to learn language from the day they are born. As they grow and develop, their speech and language skills become increasingly more complex. During early speech and language development, children learn skills that are important to the development of literacy (reading and writing). This stage, known as emergent literacy, begins at birth and continues through the preschool years.
From birth, babies listen to language patterns in everyday speech, as well as in rhyming, chanting, and singing – all of these play an important part in literacy development. As they develop, children see and interact with print in everyday situations. In everything from books and magazines to grocery lists, whether at home or in preschool, they are (and should be) encountering language in print well before they start elementary school.
Parents can see their child’s growing appreciation and enjoyment of print as he or she begins to recognize words that rhyme, to scribble with crayons, to point out street signs and symbols, and to name some letters of the alphabet. Gradually, children combine what they know about speaking and listening with what they know about print and become ready to learn to read and write.
That’s what Out & About Storytime is all about. Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers, in all stages of development are welcome to our morning of celebration.