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Storytime at Currituck County Public Libraries


Who's ready for storytime? Join us at the Barco and Moyock branches for fun and interactive learning as we read, write, talk, sing, and play! 


Learning to read begins before children start school. Young children need to develop important language and literacy skills before they can actually learn to read. Parents and other caregivers can start now to help their children develop these skills.


Using the Every Child Ready to Read® method, our storytime is based on research about language, early literacy skills, and how children learn.


 "We know that children from birth to age five learn primarily through interactions with their parents and other important adults in their lives as well as from their environment," said Laura Salmons, Currituck County Librarian. "Every Child Ready to Read® gives parents and other caregivers simple but powerful ways to help children develop the language and other skills they need to learn to read."


Storytimes at the Currituck County Library demonstrate how parents can incorporate five familiar and easy-to-use practices to develop early literacy skills in children from birth to age five. We explain why the skills are so important, demonstrate how to help children learn the skills, provide age-appropriate, high-interest books, and send parents and caregivers home with early literacy activities they can incorporate into their family's daily routine.


According to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA), the divisions of the American Library Association that developed Every Child Ready to Read®, parents and other caregivers are in the best position to help young children learn these skills because:

  • Parents know their children best and can help them learn in ways and at times that are easiest for them.
  • Young children have short attention spans. Parents and caregivers can engage children in language and literacy activities for short bits of time throughout the day.
  • Parents are role models. Children are more likely to want to read if they see that their parents value and enjoy reading.
  • Children learn best by doing—and they love doing things with their parents.

Parents can give children a tremendous advantage in school and in life by helping prepare them for reading success!




Storytime Schedule


Children's Storytimes are held in the spring and fall each year. Here's what we offer:


Babygarten (birth - 18 months)

 The program can include stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes, simple crafts and play time.

Toddler Storytime (18 months - 3 years old)

Our toddler program can include stories, songs,finger plays, movement activities and simple crafts chosen to teach basic skills and knowledge of the world.

Preschool Storytime (3 - 5 years old)

This storytime introduces basic concepts and more advanced skills while introducing the knowledge necessary to succeed in school through stories, songs, fingerplays, movement activities and simple crafts.


For more information about upcoming Every Child Ready to Read® Storytimes being offered by the Currituck County Library, as well as other materials and resources for parents and caregivers, contact the Barco Library at (252) 453-8345 or the Moyock Library at (252) 435-6419.