Traditionally, emergent storybook reading and emergent writing in the home have been seen as the major site of literacy development (Sulzby, 1991), however because so many children are in preschool situations and because so many families have [Limited English Proficiency], more emphasis is being put on the need for literacy development at out-of-the-home settings.
Basic Service: Child-friendly, literacy-rich environment. Promotes: Early/emergent literacy, motivation, joy of reading, access to materials.
Early reading experiences are prerequisite for future literacy development. Collaborative efforts among librarians, teachers, parents, and day-care providers may facilitate life-long reading in young people.
Libraries are an obvious destination for language development, due to their wealth of books and language-based programs for all ages
Libraries are an obvious destination for language development, due to their wealth of books and language-based programs for all ages.
Libraries have been working with families for years within and outside of libraries, providing access to print, motivating young children to read, and making connections with schools.
Vocabulary and comprehension, the unconstrained skills, are the foundational skills that children need to become proficient readers. These skills also determine whether children will become proficient learners. As children progress through school, they increasingly use vocabulary and comprehension skills to understand complex texts in all subjects. In other words, they use reading to learn. Libraries have helped many generations of children develop unconstrained reading skills.
To enhance literacy development, it is imperative that children interact with a rich variety of print resources and respond with reading and writing.
Two conditions found essential for creating a reader are (1) an early environment that offers literary experience, that is, a print-filled environment (books, magazines, newspapers, etc.), and adults reading these materials, and (2) a caring adult to introduce the child to literary pleasure. The public library meets both requirements