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New Storytime To Go Kits Promote Early Literacy

Storytime to Go Kits aim to bring the storytime experience into a preschooler’s environment, wherever that may be.  East Central Regional Library recently put together over 45 Storytime to Go kits for checkout by anyone registered as an East Central Regional Library borrower.

The kits were created for use with children ages two to five to promote early literacy development. Each kit based on a theme contains five picture books, a children’s music CD, a manipulative (educational game, a puppet, puzzle, felt set, etc.) and an Early Child Ready to Read activity sheet.  The activity sheet provides examples of how to incorporate each of the five Every Child Ready to Read literacy skills – talk, sing, write, play and read with the contents of the kit.

The Storytime to Go kits include themes such as alphabet, colors, dogs, feelings, health, monkeys, ocean, shapes, trains and many more.  They may be checked out for 3 weeks. Each East Central Regional Library branch has a limited number of kits.  However, if there is a kit you can’t find at your local ECRL branch, place a hold on a specific kit at your local library or online at ecrlib.org by simply searching by the keywords, “storytime to go kit.”

Whether a parent, grandparent, daycare provider, or anyone who works with children, the Storytime to Go kits provide you with all the necessary materials needed to spend some quality reading time with a child.  What you do as a parent or as an important figure in any child’s life makes a difference in preparing a child to learn to read and the Storytime to Go kits make it easy for you to foster their love for reading.

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Jon Tatting

Growing up in Cambridge, Minnesota, I went on to enjoy a rewarding 14-year career in community journalism before switching gears to public library service. Every day I am grateful for and learn something new through my marketing and branch assistant roles at East Central Regional Library.

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