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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:
Robot in Love by T.L. McBeth

Skills:
• Vocabulary
• Print Awareness
• Narrative Skills

Practices:
• Talking
• Reading
• Playing

Extend the book with a paper robot craft

Book Cover Title:
Pen Pals illustrated by Alexandra Pichard

Skills:
• Background Knowledge
• Narrative Skills
• Print Awareness
• Vocabulary

Practices:
• Reading
• Talking
• Writing

Extend the book by practicing letter writing
Preschool Events
Tue, Feb 27, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Feb 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Feb 27, 10:30am - 11:15am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 27, 10:30am - 11:15am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
This event is full

Tue, Feb 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Feb 27, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Feb 27, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Feb 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Mar 02, 10:00am - 10:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Mar 05, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Tue, Mar 05, 10:15am - 10:45am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Mar 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Mar 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Mar 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Mar 05, 11:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Mar 05, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Mar 05, 11:30am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Mar 07, 10:15am - 10:45am
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Mar 07, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Mar 07, 11:00am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Thu, Mar 07, 11:15am - 11:45am
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Mar 07, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Mar 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Children's Area

Sat, Mar 09, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Mar 11, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Mar 11, 1:00pm - 1:40pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Mar 11, 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Mar 12, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Mar 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Mar 12, 10:30am - 11:15am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Mar 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Mar 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Mar 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Mar 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

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

Tue, Mar 12, 11:30am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Mar 12, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Mar 12, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Mar 13, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Mar 13, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville Library - Children's Department

Tue, Mar 19, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This event is full

Tue, Mar 19, 10:15am - 10:45am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Tue, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Mar 19, 11:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Mar 19, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Mar 19, 11:30am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Mar 21, 10:15am - 10:45am
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Mar 21, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Mar 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Thu, Mar 21, 11:00am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Thu, Mar 21, 11:15am - 11:45am
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Mar 21, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Mar 21, 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Mar 25, 1:00pm - 1:40pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Family Events
Mon, Feb 26, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Feb 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Mar 02, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Sat, Mar 02, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Mar 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Mar 09, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Mon, Mar 11, 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Mar 13, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Mar 19, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Mar 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room