Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fingerplay Fun at your Washington County libraries

Our children's librarians love helping kids get ready to read. This April, WCCLS is celebrating the Week of the Young Child by handing out free copies of their brand-new Fingerplay Fun rhyme booklet. These little books contain dozens of fun and infectious nursery rhymes that are designed to encourage movement, language and literacy development. As an added bonus, WCCLS has filmed a number of their librarians performing the rhymes. To view these fun and helpful videos, visit (for rhymes in English) or (for rhymes in Spanish).

To get your free copy of the booklet (while supplies last), simply stop by any WCCLS member library during or after Week of the Young Child (April 22-28). Booklets are available in both English and Spanish.

Research has shown that talking, singing, sharing books and playing are all important activities that can help children become successful readers. In particular, fingerplays and rhymes are wonderful literacy builders because they encourage all of these activities and feature words and concepts that lead to conversations. Above all, they are built around a love of books and play. For more information on helping kids get ready to read, please visit our early literacy information page.

WCCLS will be donating copies of Fingerplay Fun to every child enrolled with the Washington County Head Start and Washington County Healthy Start - Healthy Families programs. This project was made possible through the generous funding of the Oregon State Library’s Ready to Read program.