Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) is committed to providing caregivers with the tools to help their children get ready to read. Every Child Ready to Read programs are offered weekly in every branch. All programs require a caring adult to attend with the child.
The Five Practices
Talking with children is one of the best ways to help them learn new words, and to learn about language and conversation.
Singing and rhyming are fun ways for children to learn about language.
Reading together is the most important way to help children get ready to read. Children who have fun being read to are more likely to want to learn to read themselves.
Writing and reading go together. Scribbling and writing help children learn that the written words stand for spoken language.
Playing helps children learn about the world, express themselves and put ideas into words. Playing also helps children understand that spoken and written words stand for real things and emotions.
Storytimes for Babies and Young Children
Babies and young children enjoy songs, rhymes and playtime while building early reading skills. This is a great way to get to know other caregivers in your community
Babies at Play
Babies from birth to 18 months (with caring adult) may enjoy books, music and a variety of developmentally appropriate toys during this hour of unstructured social time.
Babies in Bloom
Babies from birth to 18 months (with caring adult) enjoy songs, action rhymes and playtime while building early literacy skills. A great way to get to know other families in your community!
Music & Movement
Sing, chant, play instruments and dance while exploring sounds, rhythms and patterns that make up our language.