Ready to Read @ Books and Babies

​Summer is here, and it’s time to kick back, relax, and have fun! Ready to Read @ Books and Babies is a program designed to help children ages birth through 23 months and caregivers connect reading, fun, and the library.

Reading is essential to school success. Learning to read begins before children start school. From the time they are infants, children learn language and other important skills that will help them learn to read. Developing early literacy skills makes it easier for children to read once they begin school. You can help your child get ready to read!

Why is it important for children to get ready to read before they start school? Children who enter kindergarten with pre-reading skills have an advantage. They can focus on learning to read instead of first learning essential pre-reading skills. Children who start kindergarten ready to read have greater success throughout their school years.

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How to Participate

This summer being part of the Ready to Read program is easier than ever. The program is based in our Books and Babies storytime on Wednesdays at 10:15am in the Hub.

  • Attend early literacy enhanced Books and Babies 
  • Receive a Ready to Read game board for fun ideas
  • Fill out a drawing coupon and return it the following week

Each week we'll be providing incentives and tools to use while practicing these early literacy tips. We'll also have weekly drawings  and the summer will finish with a GRAND PRIZE drawing for a Basic Membership to the Please Touch Museum.

Weekly Programs for Babies

Programs will run from June 16th - August 9th (except July 4th, Library closed)
Pajama Storytime Mondays 7pm
Circle Time Tuesdays 10:15am
Books and Babies Wednesdays 10:15am

The Children's Room offers a variety of programs for older children throughout the week as well. Please check out the Fizz, Boom, Read! website for information on programs appropriate for older children.

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Special Shows for the Whole Family

All Special Shows are on Wednesday evenings in the Children's Room (unless otherwise noted).
Sciencetelling June 16 7pm
Ran'D Shine June 23 7pm
Zoo on Wheels July 9 7pm
HTFL Comic Con July 12 7pm
Science Dance July 16 7pm
Family Game Night
Parking Lot - weather permitting
July 23 6:30pm
Magic of Taddo July 30 7pm
Summer Stage Storytellers 
Community Room
July 31 1:30pm
D.J. Mixup August 6 7pm

Rhymes and Songs to Share

Sharing rhymes and songs with your little ones is a great way to practice preliteracy skills, even our youngest children benefit from hearing language.

Rhymes and songs will provide opportunities to develop an appreciation for rhyme and rhythm and develop memory and auditory skills. Remember: While you read, sing, play and act out nursery rhymes together you are conveying to your children that sounds make words and that words are fun!

Many of us have forgotten favorite rhymes and songs from our childhoods. Here are links to just a few of the many websites that include songs, rhymes, and fingerplays you might want to try with your baby:

Summer Reading Club is sponsored in part by the Friends of HTFL and our 2014 Library Sponsors:

Joel Perlish Photography, DAEDALUS Education Services, MusicWorks, Oakmont National Pub, Rotary Club of Haverford Township, Zarwin Baum, Main Line Therapeutic Massage and Spa, Ranieri & Kerns Associates, Kettle, Elliott-Lewis, Peppers Café, JMS Architecture, Surrey Services for Seniors, Foote Orthodontics, Tina Garrity-Senior Advisors Group, Holy Child Academy, West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home, The Protection Bureau, Law Offices of Daniel J. Siegel, Nolan Painting, Your Computer Place, Marcus John Salon, Casemate Publishers, Direct Paint and Collision, Radomile Academy of Dance, Food Safety Sanitation, Janae Alberts Realtor

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