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Early Childhood Resources

Whether your child is getting excited at thought of going to Kindergarten in September or only just born, Grand County Library District has resources for you!

Reading with your child every day is critical to preparing your child for a lifetime of learning. Reading stimulates your child’s imagination, builds vocabulary, and creates familiarity with sounds. You don’t have to read what’s on the page but can create your own story with the images before you, point out letters of your child’s name, or look at the expressions on the illustrations faces. For older children, talk about the problem in the story. Use it as a jumping off point to share what you believe is a good or bad way to solve a problem. Sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and we’ll support you in your goal of reading with your child. And, who doesn’t love receiving packages through the mail? Talk to your librarian about signing up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and every month your child will receive a free book in the mail (sponsored locally through our Rotary Clubs and West Grand Education Foundation).

Hearing and seeing words read at the same time helps children learn. Check our Read-Along collection and children can independently follow along as the story plays. Your child can simply press “learn” and the narrator will ask questions so your child can interact with the story and the caregiver can hear some examples of questions to ask while reading with your child.

Learning to read isn’t all about books. When children interact with items and play with the world around them, they learn to problem solve and discover cause and effect. Important qualities when interacting with literature. Check out some of our age appropriate STEAM Kits including our collection provided from Grand Beginnings, Grand County’s local early childhood organization dedicated to early learning, healthy child development, and family success. Also, each month from January – May, GCLD has early childhood Take & Make kits that highlight different strategies to support your child’s learning and the items you need to do them.

When its chilly outside, we need some activities to keep us sane. GCLD has a variety of parenting books as well as crafts and engineering activities geared for families with young children. Not sure where to find them? Ask a librarian. We’re here to support you.

Just because we can’t gather inside the library, doesn’t mean storytime isn’t still happening. Check out our Program calendar or sign up for our newsletter for information about Digital Storytime, Storywalks, and other events geared just for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

GCLD has something for you.