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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!

a song for bear book cover Title:
A Song for Bear by Gabby Dawnay & Alex Barrow

Skills:
• Background Knowledge
• Phonological Awareness
• Vocabulary

Practices:
• Talking
• Reading
• Playing
• Singing

Extend the book with these reading strategies!

Piranhas don't eat bananas Book Cover Title:
Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas by Alice Schertle

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

Practices:
• Reading
• Talking
• Playing
• Singing

Extend the Book with a Q-tip painting!

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

Preschool Events
Sat, Sep 21, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Registration is now closed

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Sep 23, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Sep 23, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room

Mon, Sep 23, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Tue, Sep 24, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 24, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Sep 24, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Sep 24, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Sep 24, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, Sep 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This event is full

Wed, Sep 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Sep 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, Sep 25, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Sep 26, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Thu, Sep 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Sep 26, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Sat, Sep 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Sep 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Sep 30, 10:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Sep 30, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

Tue, Oct 01, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Oct 01, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Tue, Oct 01, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 01, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 01, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 02, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 02, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 02, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Oct 03, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster Branch - Children's Area

Fri, Oct 04, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Oct 05, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Oct 05, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Oct 07, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Oct 07, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Oct 07, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Oct 07, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Oct 07, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Oct 07, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Oct 08, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 08, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Tue, Oct 08, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room

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

Tue, Oct 08, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Oct 08, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 08, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

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

Tue, Oct 08, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 09, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 09, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 09, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 09, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Oct 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Oct 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 15, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 15, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Oct 15, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

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

Tue, Oct 15, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room

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

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

Tue, Oct 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 15, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 16, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 16, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 16, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room

Wed, Oct 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 16, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room

Wed, Oct 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room

Fri, Oct 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Oct 19, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart Library - Children's Area

Mon, Oct 21, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Oct 21, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room

Mon, Oct 21, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room

Mon, Oct 21, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Family Events
Sat, Sep 21, 11:00am - 12:00pm
DS: Children's Area - Children's Area
Registration is now closed

Sat, Sep 21, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Registration is now closed

Mon, Sep 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A

Mon, Sep 23, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Sep 24, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Tue, Sep 24, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Sep 28, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Sep 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room

Tue, Oct 01, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Wed, Oct 02, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Thu, Oct 03, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Fri, Oct 04, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Sat, Oct 05, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Sat, Oct 05, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Oct 05, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Sat, Oct 05, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Mon, Oct 07, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room

Tue, Oct 08, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room

Tue, Oct 08, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A

Tue, Oct 08, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Thu, Oct 10, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room

Sat, Oct 12, All day
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Sat, Oct 12, 10:00am - 11:00am
Highland - Meeting Room A

Tue, Oct 15, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Thu, Oct 17, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A

Thu, Oct 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room

Sat, Oct 19, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart Library - Children's Area

Mon, Oct 21, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B

Mon, Oct 21, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room