Get Your Child Ready To Read


The Staff at the Chelmsford Library encourages 5 simple practices for children and adults to share to develop early literacy skills in your child.
It is never too early to begin. We’d love to help.


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.
Read some classic stories, some of your favorite books, and your child’s favorites.  Keep track of how many times you read your child’s favorites (over and over and over). This is the single best way to help a child learn to read. Read every day and talk about the stories. We challenge you to read 1000 books before Kindergarten! Bring your child to storytime at the library and watch Storytimes on Chelmsford Telemedia every night at 7:00 pm, and we will help you meet that goal.

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 activity sheets to give you some ideas each month.

We have activity sheets that correspond to stories.