Children’s Services includes children from birth to age 11 as well as their parents and caregivers. The Library offers workshops, storytimes, books and activities to help nurture a love of reading and learning. We also have children’s areas in every Library where parents and children can read, play and learn.
Early Literacy (ages 0 - 4)
Learning begins at birth and parents are a child's first and most important teacher. Early literacy encompasses what children need to experience before they learn how to read and write. This begins in the first three years of a child's life and is related to the interaction children have with books, everyday language, singing, scribbling and playing. Help your child get ready to read with simple activities every day including:
- Talking with children is one of the best ways to help them learn new words and information.
- Singing is a natural way for children to learn about language.
- Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read.
- Writing and reading go together. Scribbling and writing help children learn that written words stand for spoken language.
- 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.
Independent Literacy (ages 5 - 11)
The Library offers reading recommendations, online resources, booklists, programs and student support. Libraries serve as extensions of the classroom, offering resources students need to succeed in school.
- Book Suggestions are available from knowledgeable library staff both online and in-person.
- Educational Support can be found through free online resources, programs, collections as well as library spaces for studying and learning.
- Parent Support is provided through workshops, online resources and knowledgeable library staff.
- Resources can be found through online and print materials as well as knowledgeable staff.
TumbleBooks is a collection of animated, talking picture books. TumbleBooks can be read by you or to you! The collection includes story books, books in French and Spanish for language learning, non-fiction books, graphic novels, puzzles and games.
Help your young child prepare for kindergarten with the Library's month-by-month guide to school readiness.
StoryPlace is the Library's bilingual website for young children. Listen to stories and explore interactive online activities and games.
You can find the Autism Reference Collection in Spangler Library at ImaginOn.
Get free homework help from a live, online, qualified tutor—up to 10 free tutoring sessions each week! All you need is a library card and an Internet connection. You can use Live Homework Help from home, school and even the Library.
A database, in e-book format, of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for research topics on the arts, biographies, education, and more.
A place for boys to find terrific books and tell other boys about great reading.
Active reading involves reading a book with a child rather than reading a book to a child. This evidence-based approach improves children’s language skills, vocabulary, and ability to understand what they read on their own.
Storytime & Children's Programs
The Confucius Institute at UNC Charlotte presents its 2018 Spring Signature Program: Childrens Picture Books from China.Families are cordially invited to encounter Chinese culture, experience thematic interactive activities, and enrich literacy development through a global perspective.
Come learn fun ideas and activities that you can use to support early literacy at home. Learn how to use the ABCs of Active Reading one on one with your child. For parents and caregivers - come prepared to play and learn with your child.
Toddlers build language skills, participate in music and movement activities, and discover the fun of books. Explore letters, sounds, and new words through stories and activities. Please see "Learn More" for ticketing information
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Contact Children's Services
Emily Nanney, Children's Services Coordinator
Barbara Cantisano, Early Literacy Coordinator
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