Birth to Kindergarten

Early literacy storytimes and plentiful resources give your toddlers and preschoolers the advantage they need to learn, love to read and be best prepared for school. Online resources include Tumblebooks for Kids with downloadable Ebooks, the NC Kids Digital Library, and Kids Catalog Search, a fun, graphic way for kids to search our catalog prepared just for them.

See our calendar and posts for schedules and events.

Most of your baby’s important brain development will happen in the first 2,000 days of life. Did you know that the library provides resources and programs to enhance your child’s early learning? Even for newborns – they are “born to read!"

Now you’re ready to use the Born to Read library card you received in your birthing center and give your baby a big head start with immediate access to thousands of online resources including children’s books, movies, and music.

Click here to see a list of resources and use your Born to Read library card number and the PIN 1234 for full online access.

Don’t have your baby’s Born to Read card yet? Come see us to get your powerful head start on baby’s learning.

All that’s left now is for you to start exploring! Come visit us at any of our seven locations to check out books, movies, audio books, and music. And join us for early learning storytimes!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy initiative to expose children to a greater variety of reading material and establish reading together as an important practice in the home.

The concept is simple; the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. When your child reaches a milestone, they can visit the library for a small reward.

Get started now by registering for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten online or visit your local library.

Reading Records to Print from Home

100 Level Reading Record

200 Level Reading Record

300 Level Reading Record400 Level Reading Record500 Level Reading Record

600 Level Reading Record

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Ready to Learn Storytime: Preschool sessions offer fun reading readiness for children 3 to 5. Join us for songs, sensory play, crafts, and stories designed to prepare your preschooler for learning and exploration with critical early skills. We also share strategies for parents and caregivers to help children develop those essential early literacy skills and get ready to read! (All children are welcome to attend, including younger siblings.)

Ready to Learn Storytime: Preschool Schedule
Live Preschool Storytime via Zoom
Thursdays at 10am
To register, please visit or visit your local branch.

Check out powerfully fun early learning tools here.