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Arlee Killion Early Literacy Area

The interactive learning area specifically designed for parents and caregivers to help their preschool-age children gain the skills they need to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

The Early Literacy Area was created to foster early literacy and school readiness skills, in children 6 and under, through interactive discovery and play. This can only happen with your involvement, as you are your children's first teacher. Please take advantage of this opportunity to engage with your children!

Please guide your children to choose developmentally appropriate toys and encourage constructive play. Young children thrive on realistic limit-setting and positive reinforcement. Assist your child in putting away materials in one area before moving on to another. This teaches your child the importance of cleaning up, as well as respect for others who will follow them.


Early Literacy Area Hours--Closed Due to Covid-19

Sunday: 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Monday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Family Night 7 p.m.)
           May - August 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Preschool Storytime 10 a.m.)
            May - August 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. (Preschool Storytime 10 a.m.)
                May - August 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


6 by 6 Ready to Read

Six Skills by Age Six

To learn more about the 6 by 6 program and the skills children need to learn to be prepared to read by age six, please click the button below.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Derby Public Library participates in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten early literacy program for children who are newborns to not-yet-enrolled in kindergarten. You can sign up online or in the library. If you sign up online, you will need to come into the library to pick up your reading logs. Click on the button below to go to the 1,000 Books page on our website to get more information.