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Every Child Ready to Read

Early literacy begins at birth before children start school. Parents and/or caregivers are a child's first teachers and are instrumental in promoting reading readiness in children ages birth to five.  Baltimore County Public Library's programs and services can help you fulfill this important role. 

 Learn the Basics of Getting Your Child Ready to Read  (2:06)


Watch these short videos highlighting simple early literacy practices to help your young child get ready to read:

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Nurturing a love of reading beginning in early childhood is one of the library's main objectives. In addition to children's materials and programs, BCPL's Early Literacy services include:


  • Programs
    Research shows that reading simple stories and playing silly word games are more than play - they provide necessary pre-reading skills. The stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and songs shared at baby and preschool storytimes are perfect examples. Parents and caregivers can repeat them again and again to the child's delight. And during the summer months, even though they can't read yet, young children can participate in a special Summer Reading Program's Birth to 5 Read-to-Me Club just for ages birth to 5.


  • Baby Boosters Kits
    Baltimore County Public Library's Baby Boosters Kits, collections of books and resources available for use by parents and child care providers, are housed in easy-to-carry backpacks. Each kit contains up to 10 items for children on a particular theme, including a parent resource guide and a compact disc or DVD.


  • My First Library Card
    Baltimore County Public Library's My First Library Card program provides library cards for children ages birth through kindergarten at all Baltimore County Public Library branches and through cooperation with various preschool programs and Baltimore County Public Schools.


  • Early Literacy Resources
    Book lists, developmental tips, guidelines for reading aloud to children, as well as print and online resources for parents and caregivers of young children.


Visit Storyville at the Rosedale and Woodlawn Branches!Learn and Play at Storyville...


Storyville is an interactive early literacy learning center designed specifically for children ages birth to five and their caregivers.


Located in the Rosedale and Woodlawn Branches of the Baltimore County Public Library, Storyville was made possible by funds raised by the Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library.


Storyville includes developmentally appropriate books and activities for children ages birth to five. The environments and activities in Storyville are specifically designed for caregivers to help their young children enter school ready to learn.





Last revised: December 18, 2014