Summer 2015
Welcome to KDL's early literacy newsletter!

Click on the links below for fun early literacy activities 
that help kids get ready to read.

View and print our Early Literacy Calendar.
See the schedule of programs for families and young children and storytimes.
Find the KDL branch nearest you.
Make a Splash 

The warm days of summer are here at last. It's the perfect time of year for water play. Check out this article about the importance of sensory play from PBS Parents
and learn about all kinds of fun sensory activities you and your child
can do at home. Try beating the heat with these  75 Water Play Ideas
for children from the Kids Activities Blog.

Reading For Enjoyment

There is much discussion about literacy rates and reading test scores
in the education world. But did you know that research indicates there is
a strong association between the amount of time children spend
reading for pleasure and their reading achievement
Reading for fun helps children grow vocabulary and promotes critical thinking.
What does your child enjoy? Whether it be funny books, silly stories, poetry, non-fiction or comic books, make time to read together just for the fun of it.
It's all good. And it's good for you.

KDLville Outdoors 
Children and their parents and caregivers often enjoy the KDLville play spaces at Kent District Library locations. Now that the warm weather is here, many of our locations also offer KDLville Outdoors play spaces. These spaces offer sensory activities such as sand and water tables, sensory gardens, reading areas, and other literacy building activities. The children below are having fun exploring the water table at the Walker Branch, where outdoor activities are available
from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily
during June and July.


Books Solve Problems  

The Wall Street Journal recently featured this article about a successful business that grew from an idea one mother had to create a personalized book for her son, who was struggling with giving up his pacifier. Books are an excellent tool parents can use to help children work through new experiences and difficult emotions.
Check out KDL's selection of Coping Books that can help
kids and parents deal with difficult situations.