Early Literacy

Programs, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public.  The Early Literacy schedule may change during the summer months.  Registration may be required.  For the most current listing of our events, please visit our online calendar and/or register here for our e-newsletter!

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Babygarten is an educational curriculum for caregivers and their babies from birth to toddlerhood.  The classes involve songs, rhymes and activities that help babies with language acquisition and preliteracy skills. Big siblings are welcome to join in the fun!

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Toddler Time features stories, rhymes, songs, and interactive activities designed to get babies and toddlers acclimated to loving the library.  Big siblings are welcome to join in the fun!


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​Designed for kiddos aged 3-5 but open to all, preschool story time is a half hour of books, songs, and activities followed by a craft.

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Early literacy skills have a lifelong impact on educational and occupational success.  The most important predictor of school success is being read to at home during early childhood.  You do not need to live in Ely to register your child(ren) for this free and fun initiative.  Stop by the circtualtion desk for your welcome kit and get started today!

Traveling Tales



Traveling Tales is our outreach early literacy program for daycares and preschools in our area.  We bring story time to you and deliver a tub of books for each classroom!

Various Year Round Programming

We always have a lot of fun activities planned year round!  Special visits from authors, zoos, entertainers, gingerbread decorating  and more! Be sure to keep up to date on all we have offering by liking and following our Facebook page!