The Main Library will CLOSE at 5 p.m. on Wed., July 10 and Thurs., July 11. The North and South Branches will remain open until 9 p.m. on both days. Enjoy the Clinton Township Fireworks on Thurs., July 11!

Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play

Encouraging Literacy Skills

Research shows that ages 0-5 are the most important time for children to develop their brains and attitudes towards reading.  Help your children develop early literacy skills now and they will have an easier time learning to read when they start school.  Five of the best practices to prepare your child to read are talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.

Talking with children is one of the best ways to help them learn new words and information.

Singing songs are a natural way for children to learn about language.  It slows down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words.

Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read.

Writing and reading go together.  Scribbling and writing help children learn that written words stand for spoken language.

Playing helps children put thoughts into words and think symbolically so they understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences.


CMPL has created special kits called Story Time to Go which focus on the five practices (Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play).  Each themed kit has two books, rhymes, games, and manipulatives for you and your child.  A full list of kits can be found here.