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Early Literacy

This is my library - Santori Library!
  • This is my library: the Aurora Public Library
  • When I come to the library, I walk and use my inside voice.
  • This is the Children
  • This is the desk where I can say hello to the librarians. They can help me find a book or answer questions.
  • This is the play area. There
  • I share with other people who are playing in the area and pick up the toys when I
  • Here is the craft corner where I can make art or color
  • This is the Storytime room. When the Storytime sign is on the door, we can go in
  • These are different things we do at Storytime! (Listen to stories and sing songs and play with toys)
  • I can read at the library with my adult or by myself.
  • I can also use the computer
  • I can checkout many things from the library. (Books, audiobooks, CDs, and DVDs
  • This is my library card. I bring it when I come to the library. I use it to check out my books
  • I can checkout my books at a self check-out or at the circulation desk
  • When I come back to the library, I will return my books.
  • When it
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This is my library - West Branch!
  • This is my library West Branch!
  • This is my library West Branch!
  • This is my library West Branch!
  • This is my library West Branch!
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This is my library - Eola Road Branch
  • This is my library: the Aurora Public Library
  • There are two doors
  • These are the doors to enter the library
  • When I come to the library I use my walking feet and my inside voice
  • This is the Children
  • This is the desk where I can find a librarian. They can help me find a book or help answer questions.
  • There are lots of things to play with in my library!
  • It
  • Or I can use a computer!
  • Here is the craft table where I can make art or color
  • This is the program room where we have Storytime!
  • In storytime I listen to books!
  • If I need a quiet room I can ask a librarian for a study room!
  • If I need to use the bathroom there are 2 restrooms on the first floor.
  • I can read at the library with an adult or by myself
  • I can use the computer to find items in the library
  • This is my library card. I bring it with me when I go to the library. I use it to checkout items
  • I can checkout many things in the library!
  • I can check out at a self checkout station or at the circulation desk
  • When I come to the library I will return my items
  • When it
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"Numerous studies estimate that as many as one in five children have difficulties learning to read.  Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success.  Public formal education does not typically start until ages 5-6.  Before then, parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple (read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) and very manageable endeavor."
 - The 1000 Books Foundation

Here's what you can do...

  • Read 1000 books to your child before kindergarten. This can be your newborn, infant,  toddler and/or preschooler
  • If you read one book a day, that’s 365 in one year, 730 in two years, and 1,095 in three years
  • If your child likes to have the same book read repeatedly, each time the book is read, it counts toward the 1000 books
  • Any book read to your child, including those read at library storytimes or those read by siblings, counts
  • 1000 Books is self-paced and how long it takes will depend on how often you read together.
  • Record the reading on the log each time you read a book
  • When you have finished filling in the log, bring it in for a prize
  • Reading with your child creates great opportunities for bonding
  • Ask us for book suggestions. We are always happy to help!
  • Visit the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten here
  • Tips and Tricks to get started here


To participate please register at any Aurora Public Library location and complete the logs below:

Parent's Corner

Each APL location has a Parent’s Corner, which features selected books, DVDs, community resources, educational resources, and hands-on Learning Kits.  Learning Kits include a mixture of books, music, toys, and other educational resources for children ages 0-11 years old.