Our Early Learning Center
Question: What is the Early Learning Center all about?
To answer this question, Ear turned to Melissa Henderson, Children's Department Manager. She responded with an explanation and an invitation:
Thinkers as diverse and brilliant as Albert Einstein and Mr. Rogers have agreed that children learn through play. While children don't need to be taught to want to play, they do need have access to well-designed, well thought out programs and activities that encourage play with a purpose: learning!
The Early Learning Center offers a hands-on literacy play space for children ages 0-5 years and their caregivers. Located in the Children’s Department at Cook Park Library in Libertyville, the ELC has activities designed to stimulate, model and encourage repetition of fun activities that help children become ready to read.
Each month, the ELC offers a selection of activities, manipulatives, and books that feature a concept such as numbers or colors or a topic such as families or health & safety. The activities have been developed to support the Every Child Ready to Read initiative, which addresses 5 critical pre-literacy skills: talking, writing, singing, reading, and playing.
The ELC is part of the library’s commitment to early literacy; in addition to the ELC, the library has long offered engaging storytimes and programming and Early Literacy Kits, which extend these activities into the home life of the child.
Next time you’re in the Cook Park Library, take a look inside the ELC. Better still, make a special visit with an early learner!
Melissa and her staff would also like to invite parents, grandparents, child care providers and preschool teachers to attend an Every Child Ready to Read – Early Literacy Workshop at 7pm, Monday, April 29 at our Aspen Drive Library. Register