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Early Literacy

Early Literacy

Current research on early literacy and brain development indicates that it is never too early to prepare children for success as readers. Early literacy skills begin to develop in the first 5 years of life. Your child's early experiences with books and language lay the foundation for success in learning to read.


Road to Reading Programs at the Library

Start your child on The Road to Reading. The Children’s Librarians at the Northport-East Northport Public Library can help you nurture your child’s early literacy skills. The Road to Reading is a progressive series of programs for children and parents held throughout the school year. These programs help children develop listening and thinking skills, along with a lifelong love of reading.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten


The Northport-East Northport Public Library is participating in an exciting and ongoing program that is part of a national initiative: 1,000 Books Before Kingergarten. The goal of thsis program is to encourage parents and caregivers to read and share books with their infants, toddlers, and preshchoolers. Sharing books with children is enjoyable and promotes a lifelong love of reading.


1,000 books before Kindergarten is available to all Northport-East Northport Public Library cardholders with children birth through five years (no yet in kindergarten). Please contact the Library for more information.

Backpack Story Time

Backpack Storytimes promote early literacy skills by providing thematic and age-appropriate literature, music and activities.  These kits will help you create a fun and stimulating environment wherever you are, which is key to creating a lifelong love of books and learning.

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