Saturday, September 1, 2012

Early Literacy Classes for Preschoolers

Christina and Jack Simonsen join Helyn and Quinten Layton at
the Storytime craft table.
Newport Public Library offers four programs each week that help preschool children gain the skills needed to learn to read and develop lifelong reading habits. The free programs, held in the library’s Hofer Children’s Room, feature readings, songs, and activities led by early literacy professionals. Programs begin this week.

Research shows that preschoolers who have the library in their lives are better prepared to become readers and it is the readers who succeed in this technologically complex world. In addition to the obvious language and listening skills, children also develop cognitive skills, fine motor skills, early math concepts, and social skills at the library’s preschool programs. A bonus for parents and caregivers who bring their children to the library is the opportunity to socialize with other adults who have children the same age.

Toddlertimes for little ones up to age 3 are held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Storytimes for preschoolers ages 3 to 6, are held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. (bilingual Spanish) and on Friday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. No registration is required. If you have questions about the program, please email us or give us a call at (541) 265-2153.

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