Early Literacy

Preschool Story Time

Tuesdays at 10:30am in the Activity Room, second floor.

Preschoolers will enjoy themed books, songs, rhymes and movement activities or a craft while building language and literacy skills. Please register online using our event calendar.

Friday Frolic for Toddlers

Fridays at 10:30am in the Children’s Library, lower level.

Get ready to move! Toddlers will dance, zoom, scoot and hop between stories selected to promote language development. All adults are expected to participate and encourage the children to join in the fun. Please register online using our event calendar.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a Library program that encourages all Eastern Lancaster County families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten.

Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary — two important tools when they begin learning to read in kindergarten.

How Does 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Work?

  • Register – Visit the ELANCO Library, and take home your first reading log.
  • Track Your Reading – Each time you read a book with your child, write down the title.
  • Show us Your Reading Logs – When you reach 100 books, bring in your reading log, and get a sticker and the pages to record the next 100 books.
  • Read More Books! – When you get all the way to 1000, you’ll receive a free book to keep and a certificate of completion.

For more information or tracking sheets, go here.

I Can Read Wall of Fame

We love it when kids learn to read, so during the school year, we are celebrating new readers by letting them show off their new reading skills! Kindergarteners and First Graders are welcome to become Wall of Famers – just come in and read part of any book to one of our children’s librarians. We’ll take your photo to post on our bulletin board so everyone can see you are now a reader! Readers will also receive an “I Can Read” Certificate and a small prize.

Online Resources


Scholastic BookFlix is a new online literacy resource for grades pre-K-3 that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to help build a love of reading and learning.


TrueFlix is an online resource that combines award-winning True Books content with reading supports and a deep and diverse collection of related videos, images, Web links, and text. TrueFlix is based on the True Books print series published by Children’s Press, an imprint of Scholastic Library Publishing. TrueFlix is published by Scholastic Inc., with editorial development, content management, and engineering provided by Scholastic Library Publishing.


The TumbleBook Library is a fun and interactive library of animated, talking story books for preschoolers, beginner readers, and older independent readers. Read along and listen, or read on your own. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing storybooks, adding animation, sound, music, and narration to produce an electronic (e-book) storybook. TumbleBooks will help teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love! Flash Plug-In required. TumbleBooks is created in Flash animation and requires a Flash plug-in to view and hear the animation. Many computers today already are equipped with Flash.