Grow a Reader for Teachers: Classes for Birth to Age 5

Browse Grow a Reader Classes and Events

For your students

At least 2 weeks in advance, please call your school liaison or complete this online form.

Alphabet Soup
Specially trained staff present stories, songs, and activities that lay the foundation children need to get ready to read. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Ask about a library tour immediately following.

For teachers and parents

For more information or to schedule an event, contact Katie Hughes at 540-785-9267 or Please submit your request at least 2 weeks in advance.

Early Childhood Education Workshops

Motivate emergent readers through the use of props, music, newest books, and other resources. Bi-annual workshops provide two hours of credit for state licensing requirements.

Upcoming Grow A Reader Workshop at the Salem Church Branch: Apples and Bananas!
Wednesday, October 25, 
2017, from 7:00-9:00

Learn new ways to promote healthy eating in the classroom while practicing early literacy techniques. Participants earn two hours of credit for state licensing requirements! 
Sign up begins October 1. Call 540-785-9267, and ask for the Youth Services Department!

Preschool Themed Booklists - Book recommendations and fingerplays for fun themes like "dinosaurs," "weather," and "growing things."

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