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Valdosta Lowndes County Youth Services Department

Hello and welcome to our Youth Services Department!

We are passionate about instilling a love of reading and literacy skills in children and young adults.  We offer age appropriate storytimes to ensure that every child is engaged, entertained, and educated.  All our storytimes incorporate “pre-literacy skills” which will help children develop into better readers.

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What is Pre-literacy?
Children who enter kindergarten are expected to “pay attention, react to stories, to know some letters of the alphabet and the sounds that these letters make, as well as some basic print concepts, such as knowing that printed words convey meaning” (Neuman).
 
These abilities are referred to as “pre-literacy skills” because they are the foundation for learning to read later in life. Most pre-literacy skills are learned indirectly, through a child’s interaction with the world.  A child’s tendency to repeat new and interesting words, for example, is just one way they explore language.  
Although children learn a lot through passive interactions, there are many direct ways parents can help.  One easy, and important, way is to take your child to the library. 

Attending a storytime at the library with your child serves three functions:

  1. Children begin to associate reading with fun.
  2. Children learn “pre-literacy skills” during the storytime.
  3. Parents discover how to reinforce “pre-literacy skills” in their child’s daily life.

Parents are the single greatest influence on a child’s future literacy level, which is why we give parents tools to help them work on “pre-literacy skills” at home.  We teach parents how to take advantage of everyday situations and turn them into learning experiences.  A trip to the grocery store, for instance, can easily become a lesson on colors.

Play time and story time are suspended for the month of July at the main branch.

Storytime Schedule

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Valdosta-Lowndes County Library

Babytime
11:00am

 

3’s to 5’s
11:00am

4 - 12 years
4:00pm

 

Playtime
11:00am

McMullen Southside Library

 

 

 

 

Salter Hahira Library

 

 

 

 

Johnston Lakes Library

 

 

 

 

Allen Statenville Library
(Echols County)

 

 

Pre-School
2:00pm

 

Miller Lakeland Library
(Lanier County)

 

 

 

 

Please note that times and dates may be changed without notice.

Program Information

 

Location

Day

Time

Age Group

Details

Babytime

VLC

Monday

11:00am

Birth-2 years

 

Tales for 3's to 5’s

VLC

Tuesday

11:00am

3 – 5 years

 

Stories and Such

VLC

Tuesday

4:00pm

4 – 12 years

 

Playtime

VLC

Thursday

11:00am

All ages!

Unstructured, free play environment.

Preschool Story Time

Hahira

 

 

Birth-3 1/2 years

Bring your little one for finger plays, flannel tales, crafts, puppets, and classic children's stories. For more information call 794-3063.

We look forward to seeing you and your child at our library! To make sure that both of you have the best experience possible, please remember that children age ten and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Other library patrons will appreciate your quiet conversation and your respect for library property. Of course, there are ample opportunities for noisy fun, as anyone who has helped Ms. Suzy “shake your wiggles out” will attest!

Whether you are a young person, parent, or a teacher who wishes to take advantage of classroom visits or plan a trip to the library, you are always free to contact our department at 333-0086, extension 212.


Citations:

Neuman, Susan. "The Meaning of Preliteracy". Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement at the University of Michigan School of Business. March 25, 2008
http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=560

 

 

Last Updated 09/11/12