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Every Child Ready to Read

You can help your child succeed at reading long before they are ever ready to sound out words on their own. Building your child's early literacy skills will set them on the path to success! The skills are:

Print Awareness:
Noticing print everywhere
Phonological Awareness:
Knowing sounds
Narrative Skills:
Knowing how stories work
Letter Knowledge:
Naming letters and their sounds
Vocabulary:
Knowing lots of words
Background Knowledge:
Knowing about the world all around

How do you build these skills? Here are five fun, free, and easy ways:

Every Child Ready to Read Practices Logo: TalkingEvery Child Read to Read Practices Logo: SingingEvery Child Read to Read Practices Logo: ReadingEvery Child Read to Read Practices Logo: WritingEvery Child Read to Read Practices Logo: Playing

Click each to learn more! You can also read up on the Every Child Ready to Read initiative and why it works.

This Month's Featured Reads!

LCPL staff have selected these books because kids love them and they help build important pre-reading skills. Check them out today!

What's Your Sound Hound the Hound book cover Title:
What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound? by Mo Willems

Skills:
• Background Knowledge
• Vocabulary
• Print Awareness
• Letter Knowledge
• Phonological Awareness

Practices:
• Talking
• Reading
• Playing

Extend the Book by making a kazoo!

Hoot Owl Master of Disguise Book Cover Title:
Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor

Skills:
• Narrative Skills
• Vocabulary
• Print Awareness
• Phonological Awareness

Practices:
• Talking
• Reading
• Playing

Extend the Book with felt pizza!
Preschool Events
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 26, 10:00am - 10:45am
This event is full

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 26, 10:30am - 11:30am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 26, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:00am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:00am

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:30am

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:30am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 27, 10:30am - 11:00am

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 27, 11:00am - 11:30am

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:00am - 11:00am
This event is full

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:30am - 11:15am

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 01, 10:30am - 11:00am

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 01, 10:30am - 11:00am

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 01, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 01, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

St. John - Children's Section
Mon, Apr 01, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 02, 10:00am - 10:45am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 02, 10:30am - 11:30am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 02, 10:30am - 11:30am

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 02, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 02, 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Highland
Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 11:00am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 11:30am

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 11:30am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 11:00am

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 11:00am

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 03, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Rescheduled
Highland
Thu, Apr 04, 10:30am - 11:00am
New date Wednesday, April 03, 10:30am - 11:00am

Munster Library - Children's Area
Thu, Apr 04, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 04, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Fri, Apr 05, 10:30am - 11:00am

Highland - Meeting Room A
Fri, Apr 05, 10:30am - 11:30am

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Fri, Apr 05, 11:30am - 12:00pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Sat, Apr 06, 10:30am - 11:00am

St. John - Entry
Mon, Apr 08, 10:00am - 8:30pm

Munster - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 08, 10:30am - 11:30am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 08, 10:30am - 11:00am

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 08, 10:30am - 11:15am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 08, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 08, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 09, 10:00am - 10:45am

St. John - Entry
Tue, Apr 09, 10:00am - 8:30pm

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 09, 10:30am - 11:30am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 09, 10:30am - 11:00am

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Tue, Apr 09, 10:30am - 11:30am

Canceled
Lake Station-New Chicago
Tue, Apr 09, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 09, 11:00am - 11:45am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 09, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 09, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 09, 6:00pm - 6:30pm

St. John - Entry
Wed, Apr 10, 10:00am - 8:30pm

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 10, 10:15am - 10:45am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Wed, Apr 10, 10:30am - 11:00am

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 10, 10:30am - 11:00am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Wed, Apr 10, 10:30am - 11:00am

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 10, 10:30am - 11:30am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 10, 11:15am - 11:45am

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 11, 10:00am - 11:00am

St. John - Entry
Thu, Apr 11, 10:00am - 8:30pm

St. John - Entry
Thu, Apr 11, 10:00am - 8:15pm

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 11, 10:30am - 11:15am

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Thu, Apr 11, 10:30am - 11:00am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Thu, Apr 11, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

St. John - Entry
Fri, Apr 12, 10:00am - 6:00pm

St. John - Entry
Sat, Apr 13, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Sat, Apr 13, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Sat, Apr 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 15, 10:30am - 11:00am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 15, 10:30am - 11:00am

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 15, 10:30am - 11:00am

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 15, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 15, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 15, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Mon, Apr 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 16, 10:00am - 10:45am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 16, 10:30am - 11:30am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 16, 10:30am - 11:30am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 16, 10:30am - 11:00am

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 16, 11:00am - 11:45am

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 16, 1:30pm - 2:15pm

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 16, 6:30pm - 7:00pm

Canceled
Highland
Wed, Apr 17, 10:30am - 11:00am

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Fri, Apr 19, 10:30am - 11:00am

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Fri, Apr 19, 11:30am - 12:00pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Sat, Apr 20, 10:30am - 11:00am

Children's Area Dyer/Schererville
Sat, Apr 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Munster - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 22, 10:30am - 11:30am

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Apr 22, 10:30am - 11:15am

Munster - Children's Program Room
Mon, Apr 22, 11:30am - 12:30pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 23, 10:00am - 10:45am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 23, 10:30am - 11:30am

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 23, 11:00am - 11:45am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Munster - Children's Program Room
Wed, Apr 24, 10:30am - 11:00am

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 24, 10:30am - 11:00am

St. John - Children's Program Room
Wed, Apr 24, 10:30am - 11:00am

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 24, 10:30am - 11:30am

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 25, 10:00am - 11:00am

Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 25, 10:30am - 11:15am

Family Events
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 27, 6:00pm - 7:45pm

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Thu, Mar 28, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Community Room - Community Room
Thu, Mar 28, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

St. John - Children's Section
Mon, Apr 01, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Tue, Apr 02, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Apr 03, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Highland - Meeting Room A
Wed, Apr 03, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Apr 03, 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Fri, Apr 05, 10:30am - 11:30am

Dyer-Schererville
Mon, Apr 08, 10:00am - 8:30pm

Griffith/Calumet Twp Branch - Library
Mon, Apr 08, 10:00am - 8:00pm

Highland Library tables
Mon, Apr 08, 10:00am - 8:30pm

St. John - Entry
Mon, Apr 08, 10:00am - 8:30pm

Munster - Large Meeting Room
Mon, Apr 08, 10:30am - 11:30am

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 08, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 08, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

St. John - Entry
Tue, Apr 09, 10:00am - 8:30pm

Hobart Branch - Public seating area
Tue, Apr 09, 10:00am - 11:00am

Canceled
Lake Station-New Chicago
Tue, Apr 09, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Tue, Apr 09, 6:00pm - 6:30pm

Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Tue, Apr 09, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 09, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

St. John - Entry
Wed, Apr 10, 10:00am - 8:30pm

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Wed, Apr 10, 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Munster - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Apr 10, 2:00pm - 7:00pm

St. John - Entry
Thu, Apr 11, 10:00am - 8:30pm

St. John - Entry
Thu, Apr 11, 10:00am - 8:15pm

St. John - Children's Program Room
Thu, Apr 11, 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Thu, Apr 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Thu, Apr 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

St. John - Entry
Fri, Apr 12, 10:00am - 6:00pm

St. John - Entry
Sat, Apr 13, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Sat, Apr 13, 10:00am - 10:45am

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Sat, Apr 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Sat, Apr 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Mon, Apr 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Mon, Apr 15, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Tue, Apr 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Hobart Branch - Public area
Thu, Apr 18, All day

Children's Area Dyer/Schererville
Sat, Apr 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Mon, Apr 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Tue, Apr 23, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
This event is full

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Apr 23, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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