The Salem Public Library Youth Services staff is committed to providing young children and their caregivers with early literacy resources and experience in order to foster the early literacy skills that are essential in the years before kindergarten. This includes partnerships with national, state, and local organizations dedicated to early learning development.
Backpacks, Storytime Kits, and Cultural Passes
Salem Library offers themed backpacks for toddlers, preschoolers and Spanish speakers that contain several books, a music CD and a manipulative toy. The library also offers themed storytime kits for teachers and day care providers, as well as a limited supply of explorer kits with passes to Gilbert House, Willamette Heritage Center, and Hallie Ford Museum.
Issued quarterly, the Early Literacy newsletter offers early literacy tips, songs and fingerplays, and suggestions for great books to share with babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. If you’d like to be on the mailing list to receive future copies of the newsletter, please e-mail us.
Early learning resources
Center for Early Literacy Learning
Provides early literacy practice guides for parents to assist them in providing their infants, toddlers, or preschoolers with fun and exciting literacy learning experiences.
Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines Resources
Created by the Oregon Department of Education has created developmental guidelines that provide a continuum of development and learning in five domains: approaches to learning, social-emotional development, language and communication, literacy, and mathematics.
Get Ready to Read
Designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten.
International Children’s Digital Library
Digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world in a variety of languages. This is a family-friendly site, which hosts lots of old or rare titles that cannot be found anywhere else.
Marion and Polk Early Learning Hub
Helping families and children in Marion and Polk Counties receive the early learning support they need to thrive, including programs, parenting classes, early learning tips, and much more.
Reading Rockets Provides great resources for helping your child become a stronger reader.
Starfall Starfall is free public service developed to teach children in preschool through second grade to read with phonics.
Includes tips and activities for building your child’s brain in those most crucial 5 years of life. You can also download the free Daily Vroom app to help spark brain building moments.