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Birth to 5


Bright By Text
Bright by Text provides quality information and trusted resources to parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age eight. Sends free games, tips, and resources right to your cell phone. Messages are targeted to your child’s age and include information on child development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more!

Home Edition

Home Edition Page


Every Child Ready to Read is a parent education initiative. We incorporate these 5 practices at storytime, and encourage you to practice them at home with your child!
Every Child Ready to Read
1. TALKING: Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. Children learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining in the conversation.
2. SINGING: Singing develops language skills. Slows down language so children can hear the different sounds in words. Helps children learn new words and information.
3. READING: Reading together develops vocabulary and comprehension, nurtures a love for reading, and motivates children to want to learn to read.
4. WRITING: Children become aware that printed letters stand for spoken words as they see print used in their daily lives.
5. PLAYING: Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. They learn about language through playing as the activities help them put thoughts into words and talk about what they are doing.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Did you know 90% of brain development occurs by the age of 5?
Help your child get a head start, and join our free program that encourages you to read 1,000 books together before they begin kindergarten! One of the best ways to encourage reading is to do it every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-literacy skills that provide a solid foundation for academic success.
Pick up a bookmark from any of our locations, and begin tracking your books. Learn more about the program.