Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Our library classes, storytimes and children’s areas are planned around Every Child Ready to Read’s 5 Practices (PDF) of talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.
Many of our storytimes (held most weeks at all library locations) are called Early Literacy Classes to better describe their purpose. Library staff leading the classes are trained in the Public Library Association's Every Child Ready to Read curriculum that builds a base for children to read in the future by purposefully using the five early literacy practices mentioned.
Events, Early Literacy Classes, & Storytimes
All our libraries offer engaging and entertaining programs for kids, including early literacy and other storytimes, special events, and programs during summer reading. Browse the Events for Kids & Teens page for events at each library.
The Smart Play Spot at the Shakopee Library
In May of 2013 the Children’s Museum of Minnesota installed an interactive learning area in the Shakopee Library with help from the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage (Legacy) Fund and matching grants from the Shakopee community. Children of all ages are welcome at the Smart Play Spot during the library’s open hours. Learn more about the Smart Play Spot in this short video from the Children's Museum.
Visiting Your Library
All our libraries have children’s areas with engaging early literacy activities and great books for kids to read and check out. You can help your child prepare for a visit to the library by reading our Welcome to My Library Poster (PDF) together.
All libraries offer brief tours for scouting, homeschool, and other community groups. Contact your local library in advance to check for availability.
Early Childhood ScreeningEarly Childhood Screening is a process that supports your child being ready for Kindergarten and gives you an opportunity to connect with your local school district.
Starting at age 3, children can be screened free of charge. To find screening opportunities in Scott County see one of the flyers English/Spanish, English/Russian and English/Somali or contact your local school district.
Think Small ParentPowered Texts
Sign up for weekly texts with tips on readying your child for school! To learn more, view our flyers in English and Spanish. Sign up for texts online at Think Small's website.