Early Literacy Outreach

Beaumont Library District believes in the importance of early literacy for all preschool children. We offer a variety of programs designed for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers through our Early Literacy Outreach program. "Early Literacy" is the concept of teaching pre-reading skills to young children through reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing.

The major "vehicle" for community outreach is our Ready-to-Read Van, which contains thousands of materials geared towards encouraging and supporting early literacy. The van's collection has been carefully selected to support early literacy development.

A variety of subject areas are included, such as the alphabet, bears, community and safety, dinosaurs, Earth, family and home, farm, food and nutrition, holidays and celebrations, music and movement, numbers and counting, patterns, pets, sea life, seasons, senses, shapes, sports and exercise, things in the sky, transportation, and more. These topics are covered through board books, picture books, easy readers, nonfiction, and play kits.

The Ready-to-Read Van visits preschools, Headstart programs, and daycare providers in Beaumont and Cherry Valley. Library staff members deliver fun-filled, educational storytimes that support early literacy development. With the assistance of the child care provider, children are given the opportunity to select and check out library materials to be enjoyed in the classroom or child care area.

To find out more about Beaumont Library's Early Literacy Outreach services, please contact the library at (951) 845-1357 or email Ready2Read.Beaumont@gmail.com.

Ready-to-Read Van services criteria::

In order to be eligible for services you must:
  • Be located within Beaumont Library District's service area.
  • Have legal parking for a 20-ft. vehicle.
  • Be a licensed preschool, daycare, or child care facility (including in-home).
  • Have at least 5 students enrolled.
  • Be willing to comply with Ready-to-Read guidelines.
Beaumont Library's Early Literacy Outreach also includes public storytimes at different community locations on a regular basis. Parents and caregivers can bring their preschoolers to these free programs aimed at helping the children gain some of the literacy skills they will need to be ready for kindergarten. See our event calendar for specific stops and times.

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