Early Learning

Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play

Encourage Literacy Skills

Research shows that ages 0-5 are the most important time for children to develop their brains & attitudes towards reading.

 

*Tip* Not every child will sit and listen to stories. Try reading aloud while they are playing nearby. They are still building early literacy skills as they sit nearby!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Greenwood Library

Earn a prize for every 100 books you read to your child. Get your reading logs, book suggestions and more information about the program on Greenwood Public Library's site.

South Coastal Library

Follow the 1000 Books before Kindergarten program with the South Coastal Library. For every 100 books read, you earn a free board book. Download your reading log and details on South Coastal Public Library's site.

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Baby Bookworms

We have classes dedicated to introducing babies and toddlers to the world of nursery rhymes, movement, and books:

Monday - Milton 6 PM (0-2y)

Tuesday - Seaford 10:30 AM (0-4y), Greenwood 6 PM (0-4y) Mother Goose on the Loose

Wednesday - Millsboro 9:30 AM (babies), South Coastal 10 AM (0-2y) Wiggle Worms, Lewes 10:30 AM (0-3y), Bridgeville 10 AM (3m-2y) Lap Sit Storytime

Thursday - South Coastal 10 AM (0-5y), Milford 10:30 AM (1-2y)

Friday - Rehoboth 10:30 AM (1-3y) Literacy & Learning, Milton 10:30 AM (0-2y)

Saturday - South Coastal 9:30 AM (0-5y)

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LEAP & PAWS Partnerships for Early Literacy & Learning

Join a PAWS (Paws for People) or LEAP (Literacy Education Assistance Pup) dog at a Sussex County Library near you for a one-on-one, nonjudgemental reading session.  Children may practice their reading skills for the specially trained dogs and their handlers.  

Find a PAWS or LEAP dog reading session at the following Libraries:

Pre-School Literacy  
Story Times in Sussex Libraries

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There's an early literacy program to fit every schedule. Find the right story time for you:

Mondays: 10:30 AM (4-6 yo) @ Rehoboth Public Library

Tuesdays: 10 AM Selbyville Public Library, 10:30 AM Lewes & Milford Public Libraries, 11 AM Bridgeville & Frankford Public Libraries,  4:30 PM (K & UP) Seaford Public Library, 6 PM Greenwood Public Library

Wednesdays: 10:30 AM Georgetown Public Library, Greenwood Public Library, Laurel Public Library, Millsboro Public LibraryS. Coastal Public Library 

Thursdays: 10 AM S. Coastal Public Library (0-5yo), 10:00 AM Parents As Teachers Stay & Play @ Seaford Public Library

Saturdays: 9:30 AM S. Coastal Public Library (0-5 yo)

ABC Mouse

Available in the libraries only, ABC Mouse is a child-safe, advertisement free early learning site for children, age 2 - 7 covering:
  • Kids Phonics
  • Reading
  • Science & Social Studies
  • Art

Check it out at your nearest Sussex County Library.

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