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Storytimes & Workshops that are fun, and help develop a foundation for lifelong reading skills.
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Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library

The ABC Library wants every child in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County to develop a life-long love of reading and learning.

Children who are strong readers have a much greater chance of success at school, and research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. [1][2]

To help children and families develop these critical early literacy skills, ABC Library has adopted Every Child Ready to Read®, an early childhood literacy program developed by the American Library Association.   

All of our weekly storytimes incorporate elements of the Every Child Ready to Read® program.Man and child reading

We also have one-hour long Every Child Ready to Read® workshops that provide parents, grandparents, and caregivers tips on how to give young children a head start on a life of learning. Come learn how you can help your child develop early literacy skills through Talking, Reading Writing, Singing, and Playing . . . simple activities you probably do already! Guaranteed to be fun!  Great handouts and free books too!

The Every Child Ready to Read® workshops will take place at various locations throughout the City of Albuquerque. To request a workshop at your location, please call Debbie Hassi at (505) 768-5112.


Early Literacy Tip - Reading/Talking
When reading a book to a child be sure to ask open-ended questions.

The child will learn to process what is happening and how to think about an answer. This helps children not only understand the story itself, but will help them learn how to analyze and boost their comprehension of the parts of a story that aren’t necessarily written in the text of a book. So the next time you read a story with a child, don’t forget to ask “why did that happen?” or “what do you think will happen next?” Your child’s future comprehension skills will thank you.

A Must-Read for Parents/Grandparents/Caregivers of Babies, Toddlers, and Pre-Schoolers
Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever  by Mem Fox

Here's an amazing statistic from the book:

"… Experts tell us that children need to hear a thousand stories read aloud to them before they begin to learn to read for themselves. A thousand! That sounds daunting. But when we do the sums, it isn't as bad as we might think. Three stories a day will deliver us a thousand stories in one year alone, let alone in the four or five years prior to school. We can do it!"

This book is available at ABC Library.

Early Literacy Centers and Literacy Kits

Early Literacy Centers have recently been established at four branches of ABC Library:  Main, San Pedro, South Valley, and Juan Tabo. These centers give children and parents a welcoming spot to explore the components of Every Child Ready to Read®, providing an opportunity to share special books, puzzles, puppets and educational toys.

In addition, children and their families can extend their enjoyment by checking out a Literacy Kit to take home. Kits are designed to engage children and families in various ways, and each one is based on one of the components of the ECRR program: Reading, Writing, Talking, Singing/Rhyming, and Playing.

The Literacy Kits are currently offered only at the Literacy Centers at the Main, San Pedro, South Valley, and Juan Tabo Libraries. Literacy Kits may be checked out by Adult (and/or Teacher) cardholders with full access accounts, in good standing. Literacy Kits check out for three weeks and may not be renewed. Only one Literacy Kit at a time may be checked out by a cardholder.

The Gift of Reading
Give books: Give a book for birthdays, holidays, or any special occasion. It doesn't have to be new — you can share one of your favorite books or look for a special old book from a used bookstore! If relatives are looking for birthday gift ideas for your child, ask them to give a book this year.
Get the Tooth Fairy Involved! Instead of $$$$$, she could leave a book under the pillow, perhaps with a short inscription on the inside front cover including the date and some details about how that tooth was lost . . .



[1] National Research Council. 1998. Preventing reading difficulties in young children.
Washington, DC: National Academy Press. 

[2] National Research Council. 2000. From neurons to neighborhoods: The science of early childhood development.
Washington, DC: National Academy Press.


Every Child Ready to Read® is sponsored by the following:  The Stocker Foundation, the Friends for the Public Library, and Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories.

 The Stocker Foundation Friends for the Public Library logo  Sandia National Laboratories logo Lockheed Martin logo



Upcoming ECRR Workshops for Parents, Grandparents, & Caregivers



Alamosa Library
ECRR Preschool Storytime (ages 3 - 5)
Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m.

Cherry Hills Library
ECRR Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m.
Thursdays, 10:15 a.m.
ECRR Baby Storytime (ages 0-2)
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Thursdays, 11 a.m.

East Mountain
ECRR Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Erna Fergusson

ECRR Baby Storytime (ages 0-2)
Tuesdays 10:15 a.m.
ECRR Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Wednesdays 10:15 a.m.
Music & Movement Storytime (all ages)
Thursdays, 10:15 a.m.

Ernie Pyle
ECRR Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
mid-May - October

Juan Tabo Library
Music & Movement Storytime
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. (ages 0-5)
ECRR Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.

Lomas Tramway Library
ECRR Family Storytime
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
September 5 - December 19 (No Storytime on November 28)

Los Griegos Library
ECRR Toddler Storytime (ages 0 - 3)
Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m.
September 4 - November 27
ECRR Pre-K Storytime (ages 3-5
Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.
September 5 - November 21

Main Library
Music & Movement Storytime
Mondays, 10:30 a.m.
ECRR Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
ECRR Toddler/Baby Storytime (ages 0-2)
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday Specials - All ages welcome!
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

North Valley Library
ECRR Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Wednesday, 11 a.m.

San Pedro Library
ECRR Storytime
Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.

South Broadway
ECRR Storytime (ages 3-5)
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

South Valley Library
ECRR Family Storytime
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Ends November 20
Hora de Cuentos! Bilingual Storytime
Once a month on Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
September 10, October 8, November 12

Taylor Ranch Library

ECRR Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
September 10 - November 20
ECRR Baby Storytime (ages 0-2)

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
September 14 - November 23

Tony Hillerman Library
ECRR Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Movement & Music Storytime
(ages 0-5)
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.

Westgate Library
ECRR Storytime
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.


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