• Babies & Toddlers Rock goes on vacation for the summer!

    See Linda MacFarlane in September when her interactive music and pre-literacy program for ages 0-3 years returns.

  • MSJ Yearbooks now online

    From our friends at Rutland Historical Society: MSJ yearbooks (1939-1993 except 1943 which was not published) is online at the Historical Society website.

  • New source for e-books

    OneClick!digital has now added a selection of classic books to its offerings. There are no checkout limits, holds or waits … perfect for class reading lists.

  • OneClick has your audiobook

    Check out an audiobook from OneClick Digital with your library card … no limits or wait times. iPhone app now available, and find a wide assortment of audio classes as well.

  • Try TumbleBooks ebooks for Kids!

    Click on the Kids Space tab to access TumbleBooks! Find animated, talking picture books with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, and Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration.)

  • Reader’s Corner

    Reader’s Corner (which you can find in the left-hand menu, and the top menu) features all the resources you need about books in our library. There are links to InterLibrary Loan and a request form for new books and dvds. Check it out today!

  • Twilight Read Alikes

    Don’t be embarrassed if you loved Twilight, you are in good company. Adult or teen if you liked the fast paced, addictive nature of the Twlight series by Stephanie Meyers you will love these books. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Grace is obsessed with the wolves that roam the woods behind her house. She is drawn […]

  • Story Hour Thursdays 10AM

    Story hours promote early literacy and socialization skills in a fun setting.  Each session offers stories, songs, movement, and a fun craft. No registration required. Suggested for ages 2 – 5.

Book Links and Reading

Six Early Literacy Skills

Children need a variety of skills in order to become successful readers. Parents who talk with their children, read books and magazines with them, and encourage play activities that involve language, prepare their children to learn to read when they start school. The National Research Council recommends that children enter school with six “early literacy skills” that serve as the foundation for learning to read and write. Children who enter school with these skills are better able to benefit from the reading instruction they receive when they arrive at school.

Knowing the names of things.

Print Motivation
A child’s interest in and enjoyment of books.

Print Awareness
Noticing print everywhere; knowing how to handle a book; knowing how we follow the words on a page.

Narrative Skills
The ability to describe things and events and tell stories.

Letter Knowledge
Knowing that letters have names and are different from each other, and that specific sounds go with specific letters.

Phonological Awareness
The ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.

The information presented here is from the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library ® early literacy project of the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), in partnership with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a division of the National Institutes of Health. PLA and ALSC are divisions of the American Library Association.

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