Story Time at Pioneer Memorial Library

Join us for Winter/Spring 2021! Classes begin January 12th!

Classes Available:

Preschool (ages 3-5 yrs. old) – Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m.

Toddle Time (ages 18 mos.-3 years) – Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.

Family Night (all ages) – Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

It’s All About Me!

Baby Lapsit Program @ Pioneer Memorial Library

10:15 a.m. in the Children’s Room

6 Sessions in total | Ages: Birth – 15 mos. | Enrollment is limited and Registration is required

What do we know about early literacy?

          A child’s brain develops at an incredible rate during the first three years of life. A child’s experiences with language contribute to healthy brain development and lay the foundation for learning to read. Parents are indeed a child’s first and most important teachers.

          Researchers agree that children are more likely to become good readers if they start school with three sets of accomplishments: 1.) Oral language skills and phonological awareness – Children are able to comprehend and to express themselves with a wide range of words. They are able to distinguish the sounds as well as the meanings of the words. 2.) Print awareness and letter knowledge – Children have learned that the black and white letters on pages represent spoken words. They are able to read the letters of the alphabet. 3.) Motivation to learn and appreciation for literacy forms – Children have been exposed to a wide variety of literacy experiences and have learned to love books and stories.

        Set aside a special time each day to share a book with your child. Share books when you and your child are both in a relaxed mood. Reading even 5 or 10 minutes a day to young children helps them to get ready to read on their own.

Raising a Reader*:

          Begin when your child is born and read every day. Sing to your baby. Repeat nursery rhymes. Visit the library and attend their story times. Choose books with colorful pictures and simple words – or no words at all. Read with expression – or just tell the story to your own words. Hold the book so that your child can see the pictures clearly. Let your baby play with a book and turn the pages – board books are great. Point out the words by running your finger under then as you read – left to right. Create fun voices for characters and add personal touches to make the stories more unique. Encourage your toddler to point out objects, repeat words, and to talk about the story. Read your child’s favorite books over and over again. Tell stories about your family and your culture. Make books for your children from magazines or actual family photos – these are always a favorite. Let your children see that you read books to.

*Information from ALA Born to Read and Zero to Three

Learn about the 6×6 Ready to Read program at our library or at

For more information about the Baby Lap Sit program or Story Time, please get in touch with Judy Kleinsorge. Her contact information is on the Contact Us page.

Instructor: Violet Cornett | Phone: 785-380-5900 | Email: