High Hopes Early Literacy Program

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We know that you have high hopes for your child. Becoming a good reader helps pave the way to a bright future and the library can help you get started. High Hopes storytime programs and parent workshops set your child on the road to reading from the time they’re born. 
See examples of High Hopes storytime and workshop activities

High Hopes Storytime
Jan. 29 - April 17

Wednesday & Thursday mornings at 9:30 and 10:15. 
No registration required.

Your baby, toddler, or preschooler will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and rhymes while you learn easy ways to practice important early literacy skills at home in playful, loving ways. Each storytime runs 15-20 minutes, followed by playtime where library materials will be available. Plan to attend six sessions to get the greatest benefit from this program.

High Hopes Parent & Caregiver Workshops

Learn habits to practice in your everyday life with your baby or toddler that will increase his chances of becoming a good reader.   Learn why these practices work and what is actually happening in your child’s brain.  Most of all become inspired to use them at home.   Each workshop is different and can be attended independently, or attend all six for the entire series, and earn a free copy of the book Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells.
Read to Your Bunny
Monday, Feb. 3, 6:30 - 8 p.m.  
What is Early Literacy? / Introduction to the High Hopes Initiative

Saturday, Feb. 8, 1:30 - 3 p.m. 
How TALKING gives your child early literacy skills

Monday, Mar. 3, 6:30 - 8 p.m.  
How SINGING gives your child early literacy skills

Saturday, Mar. 8, 1:30 - 3 p.m.  
How READING gives your child early literacy skills

Monday, Apr. 7, 6:30 - 8 p.m.  
How WRITING gives your child early literacy skills

Saturday, Apr. 12, 1:30 - 3 p.m. 
How PLAYING gives your child early literacy skills

Located in the Technology Lab in the Lower Level.  Registration is requested (we need a head count for refreshments)
There will be REFRESHMENTS!  It’s FREE!

To register for one or all six workshops, please call 236-5208 or email youth@oshkoshpubliclibrary.org

Get your child ready for reading through:


Come to High Hopes and let us show you how!

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