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  • Meredith Hoyer

Soar Into Early Literacy with the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey

Expand your child’s love of literacy with the help of your local Library.

In January 2018, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) will launch SCLSNJ SOARING, (Supportive Opportunities for Achieving Reading in the Next Generation), in support of early literacy.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), more than one in three children in the United States start kindergarten without the language skills they require to learn to read. The AAP recommends reading to children from birth to support early literacy.

SCLSNJ SOARING is designed to help parents take advantage of the Library’s early childhood programming and resources; and to explore how to replicate those strategies at home.

“As librarians, we know many parents struggle with teaching their school-age children to read. We have found that there isn’t a widespread awareness of the importance of early exposure to picture books right from infancy and through the toddler years. Sharing books in this pre-literacy period provides the foundation for a smoother transition to independent literacy later in life,” said Meredith Hoyer, SCLSNJ youth services department supervisor.

Icons created by the SCLSNJ team will help parents efficiently discover age appropriate storytimes, activities, and resources when using their Library branch. Hatchlings – an icon of a small bird popping out of an egg – indicate appropriateness for children birth to 18 months; Chicks – an icon of the same small bird facing forward – indicate appropriateness for children 18 months to 3 years; and Songbirds – an icon of that bird now spreading its wings and taking flight – indicate appropriateness for children 3 years to kindergarten.

“SCLSNJ is dedicated to supporting our youngest patrons’ educational growth through storytimes, programs, and other resources. SCLSNJ SOARING packages all of our resources, from the traditional storytimes to new initiatives like ‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ and our ‘Ready Rosie’ service. The most significant brain growth occurs in early childhood, so we are excited to provide enrichment aimed at these exploring minds,” said Jessica Trujillo, SCLSNJ youth services manager.

Explore the following resources and databases that support SOARING:

  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an initiative designed to encourage parent-child bonding through reading. For more information and to sign up, visit your local branch or logon to: sclsnj.org/1KBBK.
  • Storytime Theme Kits provide a convenient inclusive package of materials to support a variety of popular subjects. Each unique kit includes a combination of 10 items including books, DVDs, and/or music packaged in a tote bag.
  • Picture Book Database is a resource for anyone who enjoys picture books with an in-depth look at illustrated reads.
  • Ready Rosie sends short videos via email or text with tips on how to enhance learning in everyday situations.
  • TumbleBooks Library presents animated, talking versions of picture books and includes songs, games, and videos.
  • Launchpads offer fun and educational games and applications for ages 3-10 on preloaded tablets that may be borrowed from the Library.
  • Storytimes & Programs at our branches incorporate singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing to help children develop vocabulary, letter awareness, and listening skills.
  • Play Spaces at our branches offer toys and materials for engaging imagination and language through dramatic play.

Discover storytime programs and more:

Silly Stories Fun: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off (ages 3+)
January 3, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
SCLSNJ’s Watchung Library branch, located at 12 Stirling Road in Watchung
Celebrate the launch of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten by enjoying silly stories, funny songs, and a crazy craft. Registration required: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/337403

Favorite Characters Storytime: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off (all ages)
SCLSNJ’s Hillsborough Library branch, located at 379 South Branch Road in Hillsborough
January 4, 10-11 a.m.
Celebrate the launch of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten with songs, a craft, and stories from some of your favorite characters. Registration required: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/348615

Big Time Story Time: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off (all ages)
January 5, 10-11 a.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bridgewater Library branch, located at 1 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater
Our popular Big Time Story Time returns to celebrate the launch of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. No registration required: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/338263

Pete the Cat Party: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off (ages 2-6)
January 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
SCLSNJ’s Peapack & Gladstone Library branch, located at the Municipal Complex on School Street in Peapack
Celebrate the launch of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten with a Pete the Cat puppet show, stories, crafts, and snacks. No registration required: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/339373

Teddy Bear Time: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off (ages 2-5)
January 9, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
SCLSNJ’s Somerville Library branch, located at 35 West End Avenue in Somerville
Bring a Teddy Bear friend to hear stories, sing songs, and enjoy a snack.  Learn about SCLSNJ’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten early childhood initiative. Registration required: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/338156

Tiny Time Rhymes: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off (ages birth-2)
January 10, 10-10:30 a.m.
SCLSNJ’s Warren Twp. Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren Twp.
Interactive language enrichment program for our youngest patrons sharing songs, fingerplays, and a story. Learn about SCLSNJ’s new initiative 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. No registration required: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/355642

Cuddle Up with a Good Book Family Storytime: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off (all ages)
January 11, 6:45-7:30 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Warren Twp. Library branch, located at 42 Mountain Boulevard in Warren Twp.
At this special evening storytime, we’ll share stories and songs and kick off 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. PJs optional. Registration required: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/337291

Pete the Cat Party: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off (ages 2-6)
January 12, 10-10:45 a.m.
SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch, located at 64 Washington Street in Rocky Hill
Celebrate the launch of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten with a Pete the Cat puppet show, stories, crafts, and snacks. Registration required: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/336934

Lunch with a Librarian: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off Party (all ages)
January 12, noon – 1 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s North Plainfield Memorial Library branch, located at 6 Rockview Avenue in North Plainfield
Bring your own lunch for an indoor picnic and enjoy stories and songs with the librarian. All participants will receive a free book. Registration required: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/337765

Bilingual Storytime: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off (ages 3+)
January 13, 1:30-2 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch, located at 402 East High Street in Bound Brook
We will share stories and activities in both English and Spanish. Parents/caregivers will have an opportunity to learn about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Registration required: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/338075

PJ Storytime: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off (all ages)
January 29, 6:30-7:15 p.m.
SCLSNJ’s Manville Library branch, located at 100 South 10th Avenue in Manville
Bring a favorite stuffed animal friend to hear stories, sing songs, and discover fingerplays. Wear your PJ’s if you dare. Learn about SCLSNJ’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy initiative. Registration required: sclsnj.libnet.info/event/353777

For more information on SCLSNJ SOARING or for information on how to become a participating SOARING school visit: sclsnj.org/sclsnj-soaring

 

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