Alert: The Library will be closed for the Christmas holiday on Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday December 25th. We will be open for normal business the day after Christmas (Friday) and the entire weekend. The library will close early at 6pm on Wednesday, December 31st and will be closed all day January 1st for the New Year's Day holiday. We will reopen January 2nd for normal business. Have a safe and happy holiday! 

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories for zone TNC125.

ABC blocksSkills

There are six skill areas that will help prepare your child to get ready to read in school.

Print motivation: being interested in and enjoying books.

Print awareness: understanding that print has meaning; noticing print everywhere, not just in books; and also knowing how to handle a book.

Vocabulary: knowing the name of objects

Letter knowledge: knowing that each letter looks different from any other; knowing the name of letters and sounds.

Phonological sensitivity: being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds that make up words.

Narrative skills: being able to describe objects, people and events, and to tell stories about them.

Recommended Books for the Youngest Readers

Board Books
Ideal for exposing babies to books with short text and bright pictures, and a sturdy cardboard binding. 

Concept Books
This type of book is good for babies and toddlers to letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. 

Wordless Books
These books allow children who might not be able to read text but can “read” the pictures and still tell the story.