These bags help facilitate the five early literacy practices of reading, talking, singing, writing and playing. View a list of bags.
The Children’s Council of Altoona has generously provided a collection of books, activity sheets, puzzles, games and toys that focus on a specific topic.
These collections have been put in themed bags and are available for a 3 week check out. One bag may be checked out per library card.
Early Literacy Play Area
Come on in to the library and let your child learn through play. Our children’s area features a train table, puppet show theater, doll house, LEGO table and interactive literacy panels.
This play area facilitates the five early literacy practices of reading, talking, singing, writing and playing.
Engaging in these types of daily interactions with your child will help develop the skills that are needed to enter school ready to learn.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
The Altoona Public Library has a new early literacy program for families with children who have not yet entered kindergarten (ages 1-5). The goal of the program is for parents to read 1,000 books to their child before they enter school. It’s never too early to start reading to your child!
To get started, simply visit the library and let a staff member know that you are interested. We will send you home with a blue sheet of paper to be used to record the books that read to your child. You can record the titles of the books, or just cross off the numbers as you read. Books read by grandparents, siblings, babysitters, teachers, etc. count as well, and if your child has a well-loved book that they want to read over and over again, each reading counts as a book. After you and your child have read 100 books, bring your record sheet back to the library where we’ll stamp it, give you your sheet for your next 100 books, and a train mural for your child to take home. Your child will get a sticker to put on the train for each 100 books, and they’ll also get to put a sticker on our giant train mural at the library! Your child will receive a free book after they’ve reached 500 books and 1,000 books. When your child finishes the program, they will receive a certificate and their name will proudly be displayed on the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten wall of fame in our lobby.
1,000 books may sound like a lot, but you’ll be amazed by how fast they add up. No matter how far you get, your child will learn and grow as they read with you.
Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Avenue
Altoona, WI 54720