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.


Baby Bookworms

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


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

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


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:

Community Day AND Summer Reading Program Kick-Off Party
June 15, 2 - 7 PM, Greenwood Public Library



Build a Better World with the Greenwood Public Library on Thursday, June 15, 2 - 7 PM. Celebrate Greenwood Community Day and the Summer Reading Program Kick-off with ongoing events from Amity Coffee Shop, DE State Fire School, Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club, Western Sussex Youth Soccer Association, Greenwood Police & McGruff the Crime Dog, Antique Car Display, 3D Printer & Virtual Reality Demos and more!

Scheduled Events Include:

  • 2 PM - Local YA Author, Elizabeth Biasi, book signing
  • 2 PM - DE Fire School presentation
  • 3 PM - Local Fiction author, Rebecca Yelland, book signing
  • 4 PM - Local Children's book authors, Pam Halter & Kim Sponaugle, book signing
  • 5 PM - Meet Sherman from the Shorebirds

Be sure to check out the indoor golf, sidewalk chalk poetry, community service teen challenge, story walk, LEAP dogs, medical screenings & QR code tour too!

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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South Coastal




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