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Storytimes - It's never too early to begin reading to your child.  Research shows that children who are read to at an early age have better language skills and a larger vocabulary when they begin school. Our storytimes help your young child become ready to read.Your child will have a great time at our storytimes while we also reinforce six key pre-reading skills. We’ll show you how to help your child’s early literacy development from infancy through the preschool years. Find Storytimes on our Event Calendar.

Educational Toys - Play is an important part of child development and MCDL has made toys and learning environments available in each branch. Come to the library with your child and experience them together.

Play Areas - The Medina, Brunswick, Highland, Lodi and Seville libraries each have areas where parents and children can enjoy the educational toys we provide.

Study Rooms - The Medina, Brunswick and Lodi libraries offer study rooms for use by the public. They provide a quiet atmosphere in which to study or work.  Check at the reference desk in those libraries for reservations or to sign in.

Early Literacy - Medina County District Library is dedicated to promoting early literacy for the little ones of Medina County. Our Children's Librarians provide resources and programs to support parents who are their children's first teachers.

Online Resources are offered on a variety of topics for all your research needs.

Learn about Local Scholarships available to students in Medina County.

T.O.T. Boxes are great to use with children at home or in the classroom.  Every box centers around a topic of interest to young children and contains books, activities, and puppets or toys related to that theme.

Bookflix is an online literacy resource from Scholastic that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Parents & Caregivers of Preschoolers

Strive for Five - There are 5 important practices you should strive to include in your children’s day to develop the pre-reading skills your children need before they learn to read.  They are:

to children helps prepare them for reading in several ways:

Most songs have a different note for each syllable of a word.  This helps children learn that words are made up of individual sounds and syllables.

Singing also slows down language so children can hear the various parts of the words.

Clapping along to songs helps children hear the syllables in words.

with your child rather than talking to your child.  Pause to give your child time to respond to your comments or questions.

If English is not your first language, speak to your child in the language you know best.  This allows you to explain things more fluently.

Describe your daily activities. 

Talk about the pictures in books you share with your child.

together is a fun activity - follow your child’s lead.  If he/she only wants to read for a few minutes at a time, that’s fine.

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

Reading together helps children learn how books work and how written language works.

and reading go together.  One of the first things children learn to write is their name.

Scribbling and drawing help children refine the fine motor control they need to form letters and words.

Let your child see you writing - let them help you ‘write’ a grocery list.  They can draw pictures of what the family needs to buy.  Leave notes for each other.

is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills.

Play helps children think symbolically - a ruler becomes a magic wand.

Through play children learn that one thing can stand for something else, like written words can stand for real objects.

The library’s storytimes are specially planned to help you reinforce these important pre-reading skills:

Letter Knowledge - Learning the ABC’s

Phonemic Awareness - Learning that words are made up of individual sounds and syllables

Print Awareness - Learning how a book works, following print left-to-right and top-to-bottom

Print Motivation - Enjoying books and reading

Vocabulary - Learning the names of things and feelings

Narrative Skills - Learning that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end.  Re-telling favorite, familiar stories.

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