EARLY LEARNERS (Ages 0-5)

“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

EARLY LEARNING

From birth to kindergarten is a pivotal time in a child’s growth and development. The library provides free access to resources, empowers parents and caregivers to connect with their children, and offers free and fun programming. Six of our library locations fun children’s playspaces are specially geared for our youngest visitors.

STORYTIME

Storytime is a great way for children and caregivers to experience literacy together. In person Storytime is temporarily on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but check out our playlist of pre-recorded story times read by your favorite Spokane Public Library librarians. 

NURSERY RHYME TIME

Learn the magic of how nursery rhymes can help with your child’s early literacy with these fun reenactments of your favorite rhymes plus an early literacy tip! Nursery rhymes are excellent early literacy tools, helping kids to develop language and motor skills that will help them be successful when they are learning to read.

FREE STREAMING SHOWS

Enjoy unlimited children’s content on our streaming service Kanopy. Set the filter to “kids” to see a wide range of educational content including favorites like Sesame Street, Dinosaur Train, Reading Rainbow, and Molly of Denali.

 

LITERACY TIPS FOR KIDS

Each month, our Youth Services team assembles a variety of tips and tricks to make learning and literacy for preschoolers fun! Find our Library Learning brochure at the Library or download a copy.

CHILDREN'S PLAYSPACES​

Connect with your child at one of our children’s playspaces. Six custom children’s playspaces are located throughout the system, guaranteed to delight. Playspaces in libraries are associated with increases in caregiver and child conversation and interaction known to support language, literacy, and STEM skills. 

THE LATEST FROM THE BLOG

EARLY LEARNING ONLINE

OVERDRIVE/LIBBY: EBOOKS & AUDIOBOOKS

Get free eBooks and eAudio for kids on your device in seconds with the easy to use Libby app or browse available eBooks on your web browser on OverDrive.

OVERDRIVE: KIDS MAGAZINES

Read digital versions of kid’s magazines for free! National Geographic Kids, dot., Anorak, Highlights, and more. Find well-known titles and discover new favorites.

KANOPY KIDS

Enjoy unlimited content for kids on our streaming service Kanopy. Set the filter to “kids” to see a wide range of educational content including favorites like Sesame Street, Dinosaur Train, Reading Rainbow, and Molly of Denali.

TUMBLEBOOKS: CHILDREN'S EBOOKS

TumbleBook Library includes children’s fiction, nonfiction, and foreign language titles, math stories, read-alongs, videos, TumbleTV (pre-set playlists of a sequence of books), puzzles, and games.

Upcoming events