April 1st, 2015
“Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3-4 times more likely to drop out in later years.” U.S. Department of Education, “National Assessment of Adult Literacy”.
The DeKalb Public Library is committed to developing early childhood literacy through materials and programs available to our community. With the help of the DeKalb Township, School District #428, the Friends of the DeKalb Public Library, the NIU Literacy Clinic, and 4-C, the library is able to offer the Book Babies Lapsit Program. This program is for children from the ages of birth to 24 months and their parent or caregiver. The first half of the program incorporates music, movements, and stories to stimulate the child’s motor skills. This is followed by play time with developmental toys and a chance to interact with the babies and other caregivers to engage their social skills.
This program is part of a diverse selection of story times available for children of all ages. Our story times are currently offered three days a week at a variety of times ranging from early morning to early evening. These programs align with the strategic goals of the library and fulfill our mission to enrich the lives of DeKalb residents.