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Youth Services

Early Literacy

The First Steps in Lifelong Literacy
Children develop the skills they need to read years before they start school. As a parent or caregiver, you are your child's first and best teacher. Western Allegheny Community Library can help you get started!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Take the next steps toward early literacy with the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler, or preschooler. The goal is to read 1,000 books before your little one starts Kindergarten. We know you can do it, because if you just read one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year and over 1,000 in three years (and yes, you can do repeats of favorites!). Make sure to log your books, and when you hit your big milestones, your child will get their picture on our wall of fame at the library! Ask at the children’s desk to register and pick up your reading log and suggested book list, or email Miss Rachel at

Baby Rhyme Time
Preview our Baby Rhyme Time program here, or sing the songs again with baby at home! Check our events calendar for this and our other weekly storytimes for early literacy learning.

Sesame Street Tool Kits
Have you ever wished that your child came with an instruction manual? Sesame Street Tool Kits are the next best thing. They provide opportunities to build closeness and confidence, making learning fun, and keep your child's world safe and secure.

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