Public libraries have traditionally offered early literacy programming to preschool children in the form of storytimes. Southern Illinois families are fortunate to have so many of our local libraries sponsor regularly scheduled story hours for young children and their families. In addition to being a whole lot of fun, these story hours help promote early literacy.
"Early literacy refers to what children know about reading and writing before they actually learn to read and write. It is not the teaching of reading but instead involves the building of a foundation for reading so when children are taught to read, they will be ready." (Ghoting, 2006).
Story hours also promote school readiness... "School readiness refers to a combination of the different skills that lead to school success. These include positive early literacy experiences, physical and mental health, social skills, playing well with others, as well as basic cognitive skills, curiosity and enthusiasm about learning "(Daimant-Cohen, 2007)
LIbrary story hours are FREE and open to anyone who wants to attend. Parents must remain at the library with their child(ren).
For a complete listing of story hours in southern Illinois go to. http://www.sifamilies.org/story-hours.html