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Early Literacy

Child picking out a library book

Baby Play Time

Let your baby explore the world through sensory play in a relaxed group setting.

Five Strategies for Creating a Reader

Activities to help your child acquire the skills needed to become a great reader.

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read or write. The period between birth and five years old is the time to lay the foundation for future success in school. St. Louis County Library is committed to promoting early literacy within the community.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages families and caregivers to read 1000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

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Rhythm & Tunes

Rhythm & Tunes videos feature story time staff performing some of their favorite songs and finger plays.

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Born to Read

The Born to Read program makes sure every baby born in St. Louis County receives a library card.

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Story Time

All SLCL branches host Story Time featuring stories, songs and other fun activities to help develop early literacy skills. 

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Kindergarten Prep

Kindergarten Prep workshops provide an overview of what is expected before your child enters the classroom. 

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FLIP Kits

Take home a FLIP kit and make family reading time a fun and interactive experience. 

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