Thursday, August 8, 2019

Ready, Set, Preschool! Offers Early Learning for Preschoolers

If you've ever attended one of our 1,000 Book Before Kindergarten storytime events, then you know how we encourage parents and caregivers to follow five simple early literacy practices each day with their children: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.


Beginning this fall, the Hampton Park Library will offer a monthly program for children ages 3 to 5, and their caregivers, that incorporates all five practices and will help families prepare their young learners for success in kindergarten.

Our team of Youth Specialists will present a variety of early literacy, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), and music activities designed just for preschoolers. These activities focus on school readiness, as well and social and cognitive development, but it's all based on learning through play!

Ready, Set, Preschool! meets monthly at the Hampton Park Library on Fridays at 11:00 a.m., September 6, October 4, November 1, and December 6.

Admission to Ready, Set, Preschool! is free and advance registration is not required.


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Celebrate Your Reading Milestones with Llama Llama

All children from birth to age 5 are invited to a special Llama Llama Storytime with 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten next month at the library.

Meet Llama Llama

Llama Llama Storytime will include some of our favorite books by Anna Dewdney.

You can read along, sing songs, and make a simple craft as we learn about the importance of early literacy and practice five easy activities that you can use at home to help your child become reading-ready.

Then our special guest, Llama Llama, will join us for hugs, high fives, and photos!

Cumming Library
Tuesday, August 27 at 10:30 a.m

Hampton Park Library
Thursday, August 29 at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 29 at 11:00 a.m.

Post Road Library
Friday, August 30 at 11:15 a.m.
Saturday, August 31 at 11:15 a.m.

Sharon Forks Library
Wednesday, August 28 at 10:15 a.m.

This program is suggested for children from birth to age 5. Advance registration is not required, but space is limited. Please arrive early to secure your spot.


Celebrate Your Child’s Achievements!

Learn about 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, the state-wide early literacy initiative, and sign up for this free program during storytime.

We’ll also give special recognition to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who recently reached milestones in the program.

About 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an initiative of the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) in support of a nationwide effort to encourage parents of newborns, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to make reading aloud a daily priority.

Each year, “more than 1 in 3 children enter kindergarten without the language skills they need to learn to read,” according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Reading aloud with children ages 0 to 5 supports early literacy and pre-reading skills, fosters a love of books and learning, and strengthens bonding between the child and parents or caregivers.

Learn how easy it can be to read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten or follow these five simple early literacy tips.



Tuesday, May 28, 2019

5 Fact-filled Books about Space for Preschoolers

Part of the joy of reading with a child is helping them understand how the world works. Children have a deep curiosity for learning about things great and small.

If your young reader is curious about astronomy or the solar system, check out these five fact-filled books for preschoolers:




  1. Touchdown Mars: An ABC Adventure by Peggy Wethered
  2. If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty
  3. Caroline's Comets: A True Story by Emily Arnold McCully
  4. What Is the Moon Made Of? And Other Questions Kids Have About Space by Donna H. Bowman
  5. Show Me Space: My First Picture Encyclopedia by Steve Kortenkamp


When you finish these books, don’t forget to add them to your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and Summer Reading tracker!

Then, mark your calendars for Leap into Literacy with Skippyjon Jones:
Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega Street, Cumming

Meet beloved book character Skippyjon Jones and take home a free book courtesy of Barnes & Noble and Scholastic!


Leap into Literacy programs are designed for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, but children of all ages are welcome to attend with a caregiver. Admission is free. Special thanks to Community Cup for their support of this early literacy event.