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    Baby with BookBB_logoEvery child ready to read, ready to learn. Libraries aspire to these ideals.

    Librarians at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County have worked with parents and babies for years and have now expanded their efforts through the Baby Brilliant project.

    Parents can learn how to help their babies and toddlers discover important skills at an early age so they will become good readers and more successful in school.

    Studies indicate that brain development during the first three years of life significantly affects a child’s educational success. Through the "Baby Brilliant" project, the Library offers special programs and kits to help parents and caregivers learn the techniques to spur early brain development and make babies better readers and more successful students. 

    The Library’s Baby Brilliant program has the following priorities:  

    • Increasing community awareness of the importance of Early Literacy and the significance of the Library’s work in influencing a child’s development.
    • Loaning developmentally appropriate collections in kits and providing procedures and methods for their effective use, to help parents, childcare providers and educators with their Early Literacy efforts.
    • Training childcare providers and parents in use of these resources and techniques to strengthen Early Literacy in our community.
    • Partnering with other community organizations with similar interests.

    Websites On Early Literacy

    Reading Skills Storytime Sheets

    Kids Programs @ Your Library

    Storytime Videos

    Baby Kit

  • Websites on Early Literacy

    Reading is Fundamental has designed a simple set of questions to check your child's progress as he learns to read.

    Helping Your Child Become a Reader
    Prepared by the Department of Education, this document gives practical ideas for Helping Your Child Become a Reader.

    Zero to Three
    This comprehensive site covers all aspects of early child development.

    Family Literacy Storytimes
    Everyday life is a learning experience for children. Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.

    From Between the Lions Printables
    From Between the Lions and PBS come 200 activities that will help children practice letters, letter blends, and numbers. Each activity has a printable page.

  • Reading Skills Storytime Sheets

    BB_logoTeachers can help parents and childcare providers understand the importance of reading to children by using these sheets to identify and reinforce the names of the early literacy skills being developed each time a child listens to a story. List favorite books to share with children on these skills sheets to make parents and caregivers aware that reading to children is helping them acquire the skills children need before they can learn to read.

    Reading Skills Storytime Sheets - pdf

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