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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!

Who has wiggle waggle toes book cover Title:
Who Has Wiggle Waggle Toes? by Vicky Shiefman

Skills:
• Vocabulary
• Background Knowledge

Practices:
• Talking
• Singing
• Playing

Extend the Book with movement cards!

The Color Monster Book Cover Title:
The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas

Skills:
• Narrative Skills
• Background Knowledge
• Vocabulary

Practices:
• Reading
• Talking
• Playing

Extend the Book with a coloring activity!

TumbleBook of the Day (by Indiana State Library and Tumblebooks)

Preschool Events
Mon, Jul 22, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jul 22, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jul 22, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake Library - Courtyard
Registration is now closed

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

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

Canceled
Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago

Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:30am
Riverview Park

Tue, Jul 23, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

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

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

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

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

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

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

Wed, Jul 24, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

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

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer/Schererville Library: East parking lot

Mon, Jul 29, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Jul 29, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Jul 29, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Jul 30, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Jul 30, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 30, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Jul 31, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Jul 31, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Aug 13, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Aug 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Aug 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Fri, Aug 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Aug 19, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Aug 19, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Aug 19, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Aug 20, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Aug 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Aug 20, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Aug 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Aug 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Aug 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Aug 21, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Family Events
Mon, Jul 22, 10:30am - 12:15pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake Library - Courtyard
Registration is now closed

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

Mon, Jul 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:30am
Riverview Park

Tue, Jul 23, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jul 23, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 24, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 24, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jul 25, 10:30am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer/Schererville Library: East parking lot

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 26, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Jul 26, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Fri, Jul 26, 3:00pm - 4:45pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Jul 27, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Merrillville

Tue, Jul 30, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
This event is full

Tue, Jul 30, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Tue, Jul 30, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Tue, Jul 30, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station - New Chicago Library - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jul 31, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 31, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Wed, Jul 31, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Wed, Jul 31, 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago Library - Large Meeting Room

Fri, Aug 02, 9:00am - 9:00pm
Hobart Branch - Public Seating Area

Tue, Aug 06, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Aug 07, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Aug 10, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Mon, Aug 12, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Aug 13, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Aug 13, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Aug 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Wed, Aug 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Tue, Aug 20, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Wed, Aug 21, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room