Drool is cool. It's a learning tool!

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010, 9:55 am

Did you know that letting your baby chew on books can help her learn to read and write?

It's true! Exploring books— even just chewing on them— is an early literacy skill. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read or write. It's the laying of a strong foundation so when children are taught to read and write, they'll be ready.

The development of early literacy skills through early experiences with books and stories is critically linked to your child's success in learning to read. The earlier you begin reading to your child, the better language and reading skills she will develop, and the more regular reading will be in your child's life.

Worthington Libraries' mission is to encourage lifelong learning. Because positive learning experiences at an early age pave the way for future success in school and life, the Library offers lots of programs and resources designed to not only foster a love of reading in the youngest of children, but also teach early childhood literacy skills to parents and caregivers.


  • Weekly storytimes: for children birth to five years and their families
  • Kindergarten: Ready or Not?: a kindergarten-readiness program for parents of preschool children
  • Book parties: stories and activities focus on a favorite children's literature character (Clifford, Curious George) and include a special visit from the costumed character

Annual events

  • Summer reading club: this themed eight-week event offers prizes in exchange for time spent reading
  • Read to Your Baby Festival: learn ways to get kids excited about reading and connect with community organizations serving the needs of children and families
  • Seasonal parties: each fall, kids are encouraged to come in costume for holiday-themed storytimes and crafts

Online resources

  • Tumblebook Library: an online collection of animated, talking picture books, reading comprehension quizzes, educational games and teacher resources
  • One More Story: available only in the library, One More Story is a library of the best of children's classic and contemporary literature
  • Library audio and video: watch and listen to Worthington Libraries staff (and special friends) as they recite beloved stories and rhymes

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