Your child needs to hear thousands of new words and sounds before they learn to read.

You probably naturally talk to your baby about the events of the day. Keep doing it, and do it more! The more words they hear from you, the better prepared they will be to learn. Check out new books at the library, read together before bed each night, sing silly songs in the car, and attend a storytime. Every moment is a learning moment for your child.

When you talk, read, and sing with your child, you’re strengthening your bond and helping them learn. Research shows that talking, reading, and singing with your child every day from birth builds their brain as well as important language, math, reading and social-emotional skills.

You can guide your child’s learning and keep track of their progress by using the Reach Out and Read (ROR) Milestones available at the Library or at By using the milestone chart, you will
understand your child’s language development, make sure they are on track, and find activities to promote learning.  

If you have any questions about early literacy or how to connect with other community resources, talk to the Early Childhood Literacy Specialist at your Hub or call to connect over the phone.


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For Babies:
Mother Goose on the
Loose Storytime

For Toddlers:
2’s and 3’s on the Go

For 3 to 5 Year Olds:
Early Literacy Storytime

For 0 to 5 Year Olds:
Raising Readers, offered at school Hubs during Fall and Spring.

Storytime kits for parents and child care providers available for check-out.

To learn more and find schedules of Hub activities, visit the Community Hubs page.

Check the
Library calendar 
to see what’s happening at
your local library.


Reading to your

child each day, from

the moment they are born,

is one of the best ways to build

their brain and start a lifelong love of reading. Through our Community Hubs, we have Early Childhood Literacy Specialist available to answer questions and guide parents to tools and resources to help them as their child’s first teacher. Here

are some common questions

parents may have about

early literacy:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When should I take my child to the library?

It is never too early to take your child to the library. Libraries have special programs for new babies every week. Mother Goose on the Loose baby storytime is a great way to play with your baby and learn songs and rhymes to repeat at home.

When should I teach my child to read?

Children usually don’t start reading until the age of five or six and for good reason. Researchers believe that until that age, most children have not yet formed certain neural connections to allow them to decode printed letters and then mentally combine them to make words. You can help your child to get ready to read by:

  • Reading to your child every day!
  • Ask your child questions before, during and after reading. Ex: “What do you think happens next in the story?”
  • Let your child see you reading
  • Look for letters while out and about and in the environment around you. Ex: “Do you see the letter ‘B’, on the sign?”
  • When teaching letters and letter sounds, incorporate as many senses as possible.
  • Read a variety of books and make a game out of guessing the genre.
  • Have fun rhyming!
  • Work on letter sounds and manipulating them within words.
  • Encourage your child to sounds out short words.
  • When they seem ready Practice memorizing a few sight words each day.
  • Attend storytime at your library
  • Most of all, have fun together!

Why is it important to talk to my baby?

Your child’s brain is developing with every word they hear. Talk about what you are doing throughout the day, sing songs, and make up rhymes. Pretend you are blogging about your day out loud. The more words and sounds your baby hears, the better!

What if my school age child is reading below grade level?

You can help your child build their reading comprehension and fluency by:

  1. Reading to your child every day! Try making it part of the nightly bedtime routine.
  2. Take turns reading for fun or homework.
  3. Encourage them to read their favorite books and poems over and over again.
  4. Talk to their teacher for more specific recommendations tailored to your child.
  5. Visit the library to get book recommendations from the Librarian.

Where can I learn about getting a high school diploma or GED?

  • Call the South Lake Tahoe Advance adult education program at (530)541-4660 x238
  • Talk to your local librarian about an online High School Diploma program.

What other resources should I explore?