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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! 

We also recommend signing up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and Imagination Library, two LCPL initiatives that reward young readers!

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!

Want more hand-picked kids' books? You can request a surprise bag of kids' books for curbside pickup! 

book cover Title:
Ben and the Scaredy-Dog by Sarah Ellis, illustrated by Kim LaFave

Skills:
• Vocabulary
• Background Knowledge

Practices:
• Talking
• Writing

Extend the book with a paper bag dog puppet!
Book Cover Title:
I Got a New Friend by Karl Newsom Edwards

Skills:
• Print Awareness
• Background Knowledge
• Letter Knowledge

Practices:
• Reading
• Talking
• Playing

Extend the book with a paper bag dog puppet!
Preschool Events
Mon, Jun 24, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Mon, Jun 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Registration is now closed

Tue, Jun 25, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30am - 10:50am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Jun 25, 10:30am - 11:15am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jun 25, 11:30am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Jun 25, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jun 25, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jun 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 26, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Twin Oaks Park

Thu, Jun 27, 10:00am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jun 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Tue, Jul 02, 10:00am - 10:45am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 02, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Tue, Jul 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jul 02, 11:00am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Jul 02, 11:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 02, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 02, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Jul 02, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago Branch Library - Library Front Walk

Fri, Jul 05, 11:00am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

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

Mon, Jul 08, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Mon, Jul 08, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 08, 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 09, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

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

Tue, Jul 09, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 09, 10:30am - 11:15am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 09, 11:30am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Jul 09, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 09, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jul 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 10, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jul 11, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Jul 11, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jul 11, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Thu, Jul 11, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 13, 10:00am - 10:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Sat, Jul 13, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jul 15, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 15, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jul 15, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 16, 10:00am - 10:45am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 16, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
This event is full

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

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

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 16, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 16, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Jul 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
This event is full

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hobart Community Center - 111 E Old Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana 46342

Thu, Jul 18, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Thu, Jul 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Thu, Jul 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Thu, Jul 18, 11:15am - 12:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Thu, Jul 18, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 23, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 10:50am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jul 23, 11:30am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 23, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Family Events
Mon, Jun 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jun 24, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jun 24, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jun 24, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Tue, Jun 25, 11:00am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 26, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jun 26, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)

Wed, Jun 26, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Twin Oaks Park

Thu, Jun 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Jun 28, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jun 28, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jun 28, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jun 28, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Mon, Jul 01, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jul 01, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jul 02, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 02, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago Branch Library - Library Front Walk

Fri, Jul 05, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 05, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jul 08, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jul 08, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jul 08, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 09, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jul 09, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)

Wed, Jul 10, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 10, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake Branch - Patio Area

Wed, Jul 10, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)

Wed, Jul 10, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Thu, Jul 11, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 12, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 12, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 12, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 12, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 12, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 13, 10:00am - 10:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Sat, Jul 13, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Sat, Jul 13, 2:30pm - 3:40pm
Hobart - Programming Room

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

Mon, Jul 15, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jul 15, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jul 15, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jul 15, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 16, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
This event is full

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hobart Community Center - 111 E Old Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana 46342

Thu, Jul 18, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 20, 9:00am - 9:30am
Griffith-Calumet - Woodland Park

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Jul 22, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Jul 22, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
This event is full