Do You Work With Young Children?

…then you’ll appreciate our new and updated early literacy resources!  Whether you are looking to use a Storytime Kit for the first time, refresh an existing program, or simply want to explore new titles and fun resources, we can help you. We’ve invested lots of time and effort purchasing new books and materials to refresh and update our Storytime Kits.

The kits are based on Every Child Ready to Read, 2nd edition, and feature books, songs, rhymes, early literacy tips for parents, and hands-on activities that correspond with the critical early literacy activities of reading, talking, singing, writing, and playing.

For a list of the 48 Storytime Kits available for check out and an inventory of each kit, please visit our Storytime Kit page! Storytime Kits are available for checkout by licensed daycare providers, Head Start staff, ECFE staff, and school staff.

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.