Public libraries have traditionally offered early literacy programming to preschool children in the form of storytimes. Through the use of a wide range of high quality picture books, songs, poetry, fingerplays, puppets and crafts, public libraries have been making literacy fun! They have created inviting spaces for children to enjoy literacy rich, hands on experiences in an interactive and caring environment. Many public libraries have also provided tips for parents and caregivers on how to select and use age appropriate materials for their children.
By capturing a child’s interest and imagination early, librarians intuitively believe that they help children discover that libraries and literacy can be an enjoyable and valued part of their lives. Librarians believe that young children who become regular library users will benefit from the meaningful early literacy experiences available through storytimes. They also believe that this will allow children to develop the early literacy, communication and social skills needed to
be ready to learn by the time they enter school.