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Summer Reading- Go for the Win!
Summer Reading- Go for the Win!

Join us. It's free & fun for all ages! Sign up online using Beanstack, our online portal or visit your neighborhood library. Complete your reading goal by August 13 and earn a prize!

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Making Connections to Early Literacy

Early Literacy is a key component of Richmond Public Library's outreach efforts. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they actually know how to read and write. Research shows that early exposure to books is linked to later reading success.

The Library Can Help!

  • The Richmond Public Library has nine branches full of free books and materials to support early learning! Stop by and check us out!

  • To find library materials that support early childhood, type "early childhood education" into the search bar on the library website.

  • In addition to our branch resources, we also have a full-time literacy outreach coordinator. If you are a parent or childcare provider looking for training for a group of 10 or more, guidance or materials to support literacy with young children, please send an email to:

Many parents, child care providers, and volunteers have instinctively understood the importance of the language activities they share with children beginning in the first years of life. These activities are not limited to reading, but also include storytelling, singing, and ordinary exchanges that take place in the course of everyday life. Now, after more than 20 years of focused study, new brain research is confirming the merit of these activities. With the help of new brain imaging technologies, brain researchers are gaining insight on how and why these activities promote early development—not only intellectual growth, but healthy social and emotional development as well. On the basis of this research, many pediatricians place such value on the stimulation children receive when read to at a young age that they have begun to prescribe reading to babies along with regular checkups and vaccinations. From "Making Connections: How Children Learn" @ Family Haven

To learn more, check out Brain Research Information