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Early literacy is everything a child learns about reading and writing before they actually begin to read or write. It starts as soon as they are born, and their first and most important teachers are their family.
Literacy is a family project, and makes a difference that lasts a lifetime. We are here to help you with early literacy, family literacy, and lifelong learning. Here are a few excellent resources to get you started:
- Early Literacy Alliance of Waterloo Region (ELAWR)
Kitchener Public Library is one of over 20 member agencies working together to ignite a passion for learning and to fuel an early literacy movement in order to help our community and its children grow strong and successful. ELAWR’s Talk, Play, Read, Sing provides lots of great advice and tips for helping your children.
- Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Getting Ready for Kindergarten is a program designed to help children become comfortable with a routine and prepare for full days of school. It includes stories, songs, hands on activities, and more all to help active preschoolers get used to a classroom style environment. Getting Ready for Kindergarten is offered during the winter and spring programming session. Check out In Touch magazine or search the Calendar of Events for locations and dates. For more information, contact Barb Janicek, Children’s Librarian.
- 100 Picture Books
Picture books are a great way to inspire a love of books and to nurture a lifelong reader. Children’s and Teen Services staff have created a list of 100 picture books that we love and we think everyone will enjoy. It can be hard picking a book to share with your child, so this is a great place to start.