Youth Services

The value of nursery rhyme story times –

Save the Date!

Transforming Storytimes

Thursday, May 11, 2017     10:00-4:00     Prendergast Fireplace Room

Betsy Diamant-Cohen, nationally known early literacy expert and author, creator of Mother Goose on the Loose, will be conducting a workshop at CCLS on Transforming Storytimes.  All staff and volunteers at your library who conduct or help with preschool, toddler or baby storytimes should plan to attend this workshop.  Please allow them the opportunity and encourage them to attend this fabulous workshop and transform your storytime into a super storytime!  For Betsy’s bio, visit

Ready to Read at New York Libraries is a library staff training program, preparing staff to help parents & caregivers develop early literacy skills in their young children so they will be equipped to learn to read when they enter kindergarten.  For young children, especially those under the age of 3,  home is their primary source of educational stimulation.  We at the library need to help parents & caregivers with becoming their child’s first teacher.

By helping parents & caregivers learn the importance of talking, singing, reading, writing, & playing with their children from the beginning, they will help their children develop the skills needed to be ready to learn to read.

“If parents understood  the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent—and every adult caring for a child—read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in their lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation.”  — Mem Fox   Reading Magic