Early Literacy

Learn, Grow and Discover @ Your Library!

We’re committed to providing children of all abilities the opportunity to learn and grow. We have a large variety of books and media available for young children, in addition to our many children’s services and programs!

We currently have storytimes available for babies (6-24 months), toddlers (2-3 years), preschool (3 1/2-5 years), and for families with all ages! Check out our calendar for dates and times, or stop in and grab a schedule at the children’s desk!

AWE stations are self-contained interactive learning centers for kids from ages 2-12. The contain fun and educational games on a variety of subjects.

The Early Learning Center offers toys, puzzles, and literacy games that target different developmental areas. Toys and games are rotated monthly!

A fun experience for Vermilion’s newest readers! Come read a book to one of the libraians and get a certificate and a bookmark! We’ll also hang a sign proclaiming YOU as our newest reader!

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This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school – a goal that experts say helps children learn to read for themselves. One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills. Plus sharing stories together is fun! Come to the Children’s Department to learn more and sign up today!

Early Literacy Online

Helpful links with information and literacy activities!

Every Child Ready to Read

The Every Child Ready to Read program recognizes six early literacy skills and five simple practices that can help children get ready to read. Click on the bars below to find out more about each skill and practice.

Six Early Literacy Skills

Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words.

Print Awareness

Print awareness means recognizing print, knowing that print has meaning and knowing how to handle a book.


Vocabulary is understanding the meanings of words.

Letter Knowledge

Letter knowledge is knowing that letters are different from each other and have different sounds.

Print Motivation

Print motivation is the joy of, and interest in, reading books.

Narrative Skills

Narrative skills means the ability to describe things and events, and tell stories.

Five Simple Practices


Having a dedicated reading time is vital to early literacy. Start a home library with your child’s favorites and check out new titles from the library.


Writing helps give printed letters and words meaning. Writing can take many forms: scribbling, drawing, coloring and other fine motor tasks.


Singing naturally teaches rhyme as well as phonological awareness.


Talking encourages narrative skills. Something as easy as reading labels or describing activities can be a learning experience for your child.


Playing allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, cognitive and social skills.