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

1000 Book b4 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.

Find Kits and Things to do with Your Kids!

Educational Resource Kits

Educational Resource Kits are theme related boxes that make learning fun! Boxes may contain books, DVDs, activity sheets, lesson plans, toys and other props designed to engage young children and encourage them to explore new things. 

Books & 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. 

Library Resources

LaunchPads are Now Available!

Digital Learning on the Go!

Check out our new LaunchPads! Learn with fun and games on this pre-loaded, no Wi-Fi required tablet.

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries

There are now 50,000 Little Free Libraries all over the world. Search the official Little Free Library map to find any near you today!

Children's Virtual New Bookshelf

Virtual New Book Shelf

See and request the newest additions to the libraries’ children’s book collection today!

Take Home Storytime packets

Stay Home Storytime

Themed storytimes with three ebooks, two songs, and two action rhymes or finger-plays to do with the child or children in your life.

Creativebug Craft Webinars
Creativebug – Experience the joy of making with thousands of video classes taught by designers and artists!
Hoopla logo
A streaming service providing access to video, music, books, comics, and more.
Transparent Language
Learn over 110 languages to choose from, including English for speakers of over 30 languages.
NC Kids Digital Library - downloadable books for kids and teens
Downloadable kids and YA content!
Just for Kids from NC Live
The Just for Kids Streaming Collection gives children—and their parents—a thoroughly kid-safe, advertisement-free media platform they can freely explore and enjoy.

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.


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

LETTER KNOWLEDGE (Knowing Letters)
VOCABULARY (Knowing Words)
NARRATIVE SKILLS (Telling Stories)

Subject Guides & Reading Recommendations

young child readers' advisory section

Check out reading lists, subject guides, and more for your young child!

ecoEXPLORE Discovery Packs

EcoEXPLORE™ Discovery Packs

Kits are available from the Graham Public Library! These day packs filled with nature science equipment such as butterfly nets, binoculars, collection jars and more. Borrow these packs to assist in making observations at the partnering South Graham Park.

Online Resources

  1. Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) – promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices.
  2. King County Library System’s Tell Me A Story – features hundreds of rhymes, songs, and fingerplays with accompanying videos. 
  3. Reading is Fundamental – tools and interactive calendars to help remember some of the easy and fun things you can do with your kids.
  4. Early Childhood Literacy Consultant Saroj Ghoting – activities and handouts with tips.
  5. Get Ready to Read – a toolkit with flyers for parents to recognize where their child should be and activities they can do to help them get ready for kindergarten. 
  6. Colorin Colorado – school readiness information geared towards bilingual families.
  7. Every Child Ready to Read Information and Handouts
  8. Reach Out and Read – Integrating reading aloud into pediatric care and helping to provide free books during wellness check-ups.
  9. 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.
  10. PBS Kids – educational games, videos and resources for you and your child.
  11. CDC’s Milestone website – find out if your child is developing on track.
  12. Sing With our Kids – a community project website with free songs and activities for birth to five.
  13. 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.
  14. Common Sense Media – Ratings, recommendations, and guidance about movies, apps, and games for kids.

Local/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.