Early Literacy

Early Literacy

1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Families with young children, infants thru preschool, are encouraged to register their children for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge! Every child participating in the program will receive a free picture book as a registration prize. The Frisch Family Fund is a generous sponsor of this early literacy challenge. Registration can be done throughout the year, in person at the library as well as online. The challenge is to reach 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. 

Studies have shown that reading with your child provides many opportunities to bond and develop strong attachments.  Reading together is fun and will create life-long memories.  Experts agree that children who learn the necessary skills early do better in school and later in life.  Participating in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program can help put your child on the right track.

All books count.  Library books, personal books from home, books read at storytime, at school or with a caregiver, sibling, or a grandparent – even through a Skype or Facetime virtual visit count.  The library will recognize children with award stickers at every 100 books logged, and at 500 books, children will select a book from the library collection to have their name designated on a bookplate commemorating their achievement.  At 1000 books, young children will be designated a “Royal Reader” with a photo, their names added to the “Golden Scroll," and they will be awarded another gift book.  Each year the library will recognize participants with an annual celebration.

Storytimes and Workshops

The WCDPL Children's Place promotes early literacy through the Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library program. This early literacy initiative was created by PLA/ALSC (Public Library Association/Association for Library Service to Children).

Learn more about Every Child Ready to Read at WCDPL and the value of Talking, Reading, Writing, Singing, and Playing with your young child!

Join us for weekly Baby & Toddler Storytimes, Thursdays at 10 am and 2 pm, and Preschool Storytimes, Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 7 pm. Also look for monthly Every Child Ready to Read Workshops on our calendar

Board Books for Babies at Wood County Hospital

Books for Babies packets being delivered to Wood County Hospital

The Friends of the Library also generously support a gift book for babies born at the Wood County Hospital.

Additional Early Literacy Resources:


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