Early Bit Lits
February, 2012Issue No . 22
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In This Issue
Storytime Programs
Nursery Nook
Learning with Crafts
Book Review
KDLville Play Spaces

Storytime Programs

February is a great time to check out one of our storytime programs. There are a variety of different types of programs offered including Baby Time, Toddler Time, Family Storytime, Evening Storytime and more!


Our youth services staff receive training on early literacy practices, storytime techniques and reader's advisory on a regular basis. We highlight the five early literacy practices of Talking, Writing, Reading, Playing and Singing during programs while sharing our love of books, songs, crafts and more!


Check the online event calendar for dates and times and to find the perfect storytime program for you and your family today.

Nursery Nook

Here is the beehive

Here is the beehive.

(hold out closed fist)

But where are the bees?

(shrug shoulders)

Hiding away where nobody sees.

(hold out closed fist)

Watch them come out of their hive.

(bring fingers up as you count)

One, two, three, four, five.



Early literacy is all about what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Saying familiar rhymes with your child will help them develop rhythm and rhyming skills. Even if your youngster cannot count to five, you can point to their fingers as you count with them. Soon enough, they will be playing along with you as you count the bees!


The Kent District Library is here to provide you and your child with the skills needed to succeed in school and in life. KDL's Early Lit Bits newsletter is full of FUN and simple activities that will help foster that growth.  For more information regarding the skills your child needs before he or she learns to read, visit the Play-Grow-Read section of the KDL website.  You can also stop by any KDL branch to speak with one of our helpful youth librarians. We hope to see you soon!

Learning with Crafts

Jewelry Box Letter Match

Clean out your jewelry box and build early literacy skills with this simple matching game. If you don't have 26 jewelry boxes handy, try making a letter box for each of the letters in your child's name instead.





Small cardboard jewelry boxes with lids

Old magazines




To Make

Remove the lids from the boxes.

Write a letter of the alphabet on the inside bottom of each box.

Write the letter on the inside of the box lid.

Find a picture of an object that starts with the letter in an old magazine, cut it out and glue it to the top of the lid.

To Use

Children look at the pictures on the tops of the box lids and match the lids to the boxes. 

Book Review

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle


Who doesn't love Eric Carle?  His newest title, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, does not disappoint.  Carle's signature bright and colorful paintings decorate every page as a young child depicts a variety of animals in the unexpected colors of his own imagining.  There is a red crocodile, an orange elephant, and even a polka-dotted donkey.  Young readers will quickly catch on that these animals are not depicted in realistic colors.  This book gives the opportunity to discuss with young children that there is no right or wrong when it comes to artwork.  Toddlers and preschoolers will be given an important lesson in creativity and free expression.  As  you read this book with a child, ask them what color they would paint the different animals.  Encourage them to create their own versions of the animals depicted in this book.  Shared reading remains the single most effective way to help children become proficient readers!


The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse 

KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

The KDLville space at the Spencer Township Branch opened in August 2011. Young children and their families love it! They can be found mailing notes in the mailbox, writing on the etch-a-sketch, cutting strips for scissors practice, and more at the writing center; building with Uncle Goose letter blocks and vehicles on the maze rug; telling stories with puppets; reading under the canopy; discovering objects hidden in the letter bags; etc. But by far the most popular area is the mini wood kitchen made of walnut and cherry by Palumba and the tool table behind it. We can say with certainty that we are raising, not only readers, but a lot of great cooks in Spencer Township!


Spencer KDLville