Here at the Valley Cottage Library, we care greatly about the future success of all our patrons. In our Early Literacy Program, we help children get ready to read. Learning to read is a complex process and it begins long before children start school. All of our storytimes for infants through Kindergartners are based on the Every Child Ready to Read Early Literacy program developed by the American Library Association. These programs emphasize the skills that children need before entering Kindergarten to succeed as readers. Our programs also focus on educating parents about activities they can do at home to increase their child’s literacy awareness. We have also incorporated these Early Literacy principles into the new design of our young children’s play areas in the library. Here you will find books, toys, games, and activities designed to encourage little learners to explore literacy in simple fun ways. Stop in, register for programs, or ask at the Children’s Desk for more information about Every Child Ready to Read @ the Valley Cottage Library.