Helping Kids Read & Succeed!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Register Online Here – Parents you can create an account first to easily monitor your children’s activity.

Track Your Reading – Log every book you read with your child here

Keep Reading! – Prepare your child for kindergarten by reaching 1,000 books before they enter kindergarten.

Put reading first, with 20 minutes a day spent reading to your children.  Make it fun and exciting. Be imaginative.

How Do I…

Find a Book
Get a Library Card
Find Hours & Locations
Reserve/Renew a Book
Get Downloadable Books
Search Our Resources
Make a Suggestion
Reserve a Zoom Pass
Request a Mobile Café or Library Stop
Request a Meeting Room
Have an Exhibit
Get a Passport

Every Child Ready to Read

Parents and caregivers are a child’s most important teacher. Help your child develop essential language skills by doing these early literacy activities together every day.

ECRR

Every Child Ready to Read is an initiative created by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children to encourage parents, as their child(ren)’s first teacher, to participate in enrichment activities that create the building blocks for reading.

Six Skills Your Kids Need to Begin Reading

PRINT AWARENESS (Knowing Books)
PRINT MOTIVATION (Loving Books)
LETTER KNOWLEDGE (Knowing Letters)
VOCABULARY (Knowing Words)
PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS (Knowing Sounds)
NARRATIVE SKILLS (Telling Stories)

Library Resources

Kits for Kids

Books and Stories to Go Kits Also called Smart Start bags, contain 10 books on a specific topic, but count as one item to checkout. Over 100 bags available for a three week checkout with one renewal allowed. Popular themes include, but are not limited to: ABCCountingApples & FallBath &…

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Stay Home Storytimes

Librarian planned, themed storytimes with three ebooks, two songs, and two action rhymes or finger-plays to do with the child or children in your life. These storytimes are recommended for Pre-K through 3rd graders.

Take Home Storytime packets

Physical bundles of three picture books and a storytime guide sheet (with songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and a craft idea!) for you to check out and take home to share with your family.

Online Resources

  • Reach Out and Read – Integrating reading aloud into pediatric care and helping to provide free books during wellness check-ups.
  • NC Office of Early Learning – provide an equitable and responsive system of support to ensure North Carolina’s children and families are successful contributors in school and life.
  • PBS Kids – educational games, videos and resources for you and your child.
  • CDC’s Milestone website – find out if your child is developing on track.
  • Sing With our Kids – a community project website with free songs and activities for birth to five.
  • StoryBlocks – a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, working in partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Services building a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood.
  • Common Sense Media – Ratings, recommendations, and guidance about movies, apps, and games for kids.

Community Resources

  1. Alamance Partnership for Children – To help every young child grow, learn, and thrive through child care center support, programs, initiatives, and more.
  2. Alamance Achieves – Engaging and aligning our community to create pathways for every child to thrive, from cradle to career.
  3. Alamance County DSS
  4. RCS HeadStart Preschool – for children in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social, and other services.
  5. NC DHHS Department of Child Development and Early Education – ensure the health and safety of children in child care programs, to promote quality child care by implementing evidenced-based standards and to increase access to quality child care to families and children across North Carolina. COVID Information for Child Care, Remote Learning Resources, and more.
  6. It Takes a Village at Elon – a program that uses a collaborative approach to help children in the community who are struggling to read. Children, Elon students, and trained community volunteers are paired together for weekly tutoring sessions.