Early Childhood Literacy



Love them Out Loud

Babies are born ready to learn!

Learning to communicate is super important! And no one is better at teaching your baby than YOU. Each day, you are developing your own special ways to communicate, providing a lasting bond and laying the groundwork for your child’s limitless future. Love Them Out Loud is a Dayton Metro Library program that promotes early childhood literacy and development by providing resources and support to parents and caregivers in Montgomery County, Ohio. Thank you to all our partners who share our dedication to creating a brighter future, one child at a time.

The sooner they start, the further they’ll go!

  1. When your baby makes sounds, be sure to make eye contact and respond. He’ll learn that efforts to communicate are effective and important.
  2. Imitate the sounds your child makes. Take turns imitating each other. Laughing is a bonus!
  3. Name the objects around you, describe what you’re doing and explain what will happen next.
  4. Repeat what your child says using more sophisticated words and sentences to expand her vocabulary.

Early Literacy Activity Calendar

Welcome to the Dayton Metro Library's early literacy calendar. Here you will find fun daily activities to support early learning, curated booklists to inspire a love of reading, songs or rhymes to promote language development, and early literacy tips to empower caregivers. Every day is a new opportunity to grow and explore with your Dayton Metro Library.

Checkout our April Reads!

It's Storytime @ Home!

Storytime is now whenever you want. Our librarians and sometimes some special guests bring some of their favorite books and songs right to your home.

Take a seat and sing-a-long. It's Storytime! Check back, new stories are posted every Tuesday.

Thank you Dolly Parton!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio mails kids one free book each month until their 5th birthday. All Ohio children between birth and age 5 is eligible for the program, which is available at no cost to families.

Call for storytime anytime!

New stories each month - Free at 937.250.7500!

Press 1 for Am I Yours? By Alex Latimer.
Press 2 for One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root.
Press 3 for The Naughty Bench by A.H Benjamin.
Press 4 for There Was a Party for Langston by Jason Reynolds.
Press 5 for Twinkle, Twinkle, Daytime Star by Elizabeth Everett.

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