Talk to your child early and often.
Quantity helps. This is one of the best ways to develop language.

Sing with your child.
Songs break words into smaller parts - syllables.

Read to your child.

Check our Blog for books we've read in library storytimes, and find some quick literacy tips.
Read some of your favorite books. Use this list of classic stories for ideas. Younger children may enjoy board books.
Reading to your child is the single best way to help your child learn to read. Read every day, and talk about the stories. We challenge you to read 1000 books before Kindergarten! Keep track of how many times you read your child's favorites (over and over and over). Bring your child to storytime at the library and watch Storytimes on Chelmsford telemedia every night at 7:00, and we will help you meet that goal.

Print out a log book to keep track of your child's 1000 books.
Or print out a page for every 100 titles: 1-100 | 101-200 | 201-300 | 301-400 | 401-500 | 501-600 | 601-700 | 701-800 | 801-900 | 901-1000!!!

Find time every day to read to your child, and your efforts will result in 1000 books before Kindergarten. (1 book a day=3 years, 3 books a day=1 year)

Write, and encourage your child to write. Children learn letter names and sounds, and they learn that words represent ideas, places and events.

Play with your child.
Children learn how to express themselves, make up stories and develop fine and gross motor skills while playing. PlaySpace is offered at the library for 2 and 3 year olds. This program follows our storytime schedule. We have handouts from our first year in PlaySpace.

Here's a list of our storytime titles.


We have activity sheets to give you some ideas each month.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July

August | September | October | November | December


We have activity sheets that correspond to stories.

The 3 Little Pigs

Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

Little Red Riding Hood

Chicken Little

The Little Red Hen

The Turnip

The Gingerbread Man

The 3 Billy Goats Gruff

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Woods

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

I Went Walking by Sue Williams

Featured Authors:

Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Mo Willems




PARTNERS in early literacy at storytime

Participation is Important!
Arrive early
Relax and respond
Time for adult/child bonding
No chit chat
Electronic devices off
Respect others in the group
Special circumstances? Tell us.

Storytimes begin the week of January 27, 2014

Day Time Ages Notes
Monday 10:00 am 12-30 months Toddler Rhyme Time
Monday 11:00 am 2.5 - 5 years Storytime
Wednesday 10:00 am 2.5 - 5 years Storytime
Wednesday 11:00 am 12-30 months Toddler Rhyme Time
Thursday 1:00 pm 4 - 6 years Big Kids storytime without parent
Friday 10:00 am 0-12 months Baby storytime, no siblings please
(2nd Sat. of every month)
10:30 am 2 and up Dads and Donuts (moms are invited too)


The Children's Staff will offer a purposeful playgroup for children ages 2 and 3 years old on Tuesday mornings. Each session will begin with a story. Imaginative play connected to the story will follow.

The playgroup meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:00, beginning on January 28. You may drop-in to this program.


Check out the MacKay Storytime page
for information on storytimes at the Branch.