Explore the alphabet by moving your mouse over a letter. Watch the letters come to life!
Every 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:
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.Help Your Child's Brain Develop through Love and Play Lovingly presented, these tips for parents and caregivers, presented by Oregon 's Child: Everyone's Business, suggest simple activities that boost brain development in young children.Zero to Three This comprehensive site covers all aspects of early child development.
Family Literacy StorytimesEveryday 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 PrintablesFrom 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 SheetsTeachers 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 - pdfAdobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the sponsorship page. If you need the Acrobat Reader, visit Adobe Systems Inc
Growing Readers, Creating Leaders - Mahoning County libraries are participating in an outreach initiative to foster Early Literacy skills in children from birth to five years, through a 16-partner grant facilitated through Easter Seals of Mahoning, Trumbull & Columbiana Counties and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through its Early Learning Opportunity Act Discretionary Fund (ELOA).
All library programs
Baby Brilliant programs:
Home | Library CatalogThe Library is not responsible for changes to the content of linked sites, nor for the content of sources accessed through subsequent links.