Monday, July 30, 2012

Ready to Learn, Ready to Read

With fall and the start of school fast approaching, many parents are looking for ways to ensure their child(ren) are ready to start school. Let Fauquier County Public Library get you started with the following online and in-person resources and services that encourage literacy development...

Online and Print Resources
The Library of Virginia recently launched the Virginia Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar, where you and your child can embark on an adventure together through books and reading and the many fun-filled activities that spring from them. The calendar will help you identify events and activities that support early learning and ensure that your child is ready for school and ready to read independently.

The library's Parents web page is chock-full of links to books, DVDs and magazines, as well recommended websites. Favorite sites focused on learning and literacy include PBS Parents, which has a Child Development section that covers Baby & Toddler as well as Preschool & Kindergarten. Their Child Development Tracker includes a Literacy section, covering milestones by age.

Over on our Educators web page, along with numerous resources for grades K-12, you'll want to check the English and Reading resources, which includes links to great early literacy content from Reading Rockets.  Parents and caregivers of early learners should also take a look at the Center for Early Literacy Learning's practice guides for parents, which include everyday practices and activities to encourage reading, and Zero to Three's Early Language and Literacy section, with a range of resources that promote early literacy and language development.

The Educators area also has links for homeschool resrouces, and the library also subscribes to Home Education and Virginia Home Educator magazines.

Library Programs
In-person, the library offers a number of programs geared at our youngest book lovers:

Kindergarten Kick-off - Get ready for the big day! Enjoy story times, songs and finger plays, just like in school. Bring a bag lunch if you like.
  • John Marshall Library: 11:30 a.m. Wed., Aug. 15
  • Bealeton Library: 10:30 a.m. Thur., Aug. 16
  • Warrenton Library: 10:30 a.m. Thur., Aug. 16
Starting the week of August 27 (story times are suspended Aug. 13-24), our regular story times commence...

Baby Steps - A 30-minute program for infancts up to 18 months old; babies will have fun bouncing, clapping, seeing finger plays and singing with their caregivers.
  • Warrenton Library: 10:30 a.m. Mondays
Half-Pints - Stories, songs and activities for 13- to 30-month-olds with a parent or caregiver.
  • Warrenton Library: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays
  • Bealeton Library: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Toddler Story Time - For 2- to 3--year-olds with a parent or caregiver.
  • Warrenton Library: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays
Preschooler Story Time - Indendent story time for 3- to 5-year-old children. Parents and caregivers must stay in the children's area of the library.
  • John Marshall Library: 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays
  • Warrenton Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays
  • Bealeton Library: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays
  • John Marshall Library: 10:30 a.m. Fridays 

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