Early Learners

Happy preschoolers at storytime

Early Learners

Have fun with your child at a library program

Find storytimes and other events and programs for children ages 5 and under at a library near you:

Battle GroundCascade ParkGoldendale
La CenterRidgefieldStevenson
Three CreeksVancouverVancouver Mall
WashougalWhite SalmonWoodland

Discover what's in the library

ABCmouse: Learn pre-reading and reading skills through online games, music, and puzzles. At the library only—ask your librarian to point it out.

"Sophie Reads" kits: Check out a bag of books and activities based on a theme—for example, "Oceans," "Potty Training" or "Dr.Seuss."

All our full-service branches feature children's areas and regular storytime programs as well as materials and activities to help kids develop critical early literacy and learning skills.

Play structures in Vancouver Community Library's Early Learning CenterVancouver Community Library's Early Learning Center (ELC) is the largest library-based ELC in the United States. Designed, fabricated and installed by Burgeon Group, specialists in early-learning facilities in public libraries, this highly-interactive and literacy-rich environment is designed to encourage parents and children aged 0 to 7 to play collaboratively. 

The center looks like a bright, beautiful playground, which is exactly the point: PLAY is the work of early childhood. While they’re having fun engaging and exploring, they’re also developing pre-literacy skills critical for school readiness.The center is also rich with inspiration and ideas for activities to practice at home.

You'll also find a smaller version of the ELC at Cascade Park Community Library.

Get your child ready to read...

...with 5 early literacy practices. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing are all important activities to get kids ready to read. That's why FVRL includes a variety of activities in our storytime programs.

Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play

Read • Kids who are read to are more likely to enjoy reading themselves. This is the single most important way to help children get ready to read.

Write • Scribbling and writing help children learn that written words stand for spoken language.

Talk • Children learn about language by listening and joining in the conversation.

Sing • Songs slow down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words.

Play • 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.

Review or print out activity suggestions from the Family Reading Partnership.