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Resources for Parents & Teachers

Child Reading a BookGet Ready to Read

Children who enter school with strong pre-reading skills are ready to succeed.  As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher.  Here are some fun, easy ways to help your child get ready to read: 

  • Sing - Singing songs and learning rhymes helps children hear the smaller sounds in words.  
  • Talk - Talking with your child and listening to what they have to say teaches kids to tell their own stories.
  • Read - Reading together creates a love of books, and is the very best way to  build a rich vocabulary. 
  • Play -  Kids learn best when they are having fun and exploring their world!
  • Write - Look at letters and help your child see that print is everywhere.  

The library offers thousands of children’s books, plus storytimes and other resources to help you raise a reader. Library staff is ready to help you find what you are looking for – ask us!

NovelistPlus: Like a book and want to find more like it?

OverDrive eBooks for kids: Downloadable ebooks selected by our staff for kids. 

Story Blocks: A collection of 30-60 second videos designed for parents, caregivers, and library staff. A project of the Colorado Libraries Early Literacy and Rocky Mountain PBS. 

TumbleBooks: Animated talkeding picture books that are sure to delight! This resource is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant 45.310: State Library Program. 

Online Safety

Childnet: Online safety advice for parents and carers of young children. 

GetNetWise: Information on how to have safe, constructive, educational or entertaining online experiences. 

NetSmartzKids: An interactive site for kids ages 5-17 years to practice their online safety skills. 

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