Raise a Reader @ APL is a set of early literacy programs, resources and services delivered by Airdrie Public Library. Our goal is to help children from birth to age five develop the early literacy skills they need for reading and success in Kindergarten and beyond.
APL offers a variety of programs for preschoolers birth to age 5. Whether you are looking for programs that are registered, drop-in, or out in the community, we have something for you!
APL offers online interactive and recorded programs for children and parents to do together at home.
Tired of repeating the same rhyme or can't remember the tune of your favourite song?
Check out our videos and song sheets with everything from lullabies to bounces.
Early Child Development Mapping Project
Learn about the project that gathered and analyzed information about early childhood development in Alberta.
What is Early Literacy?
Learning to read doesn't start when children enter school. It actually begins right at birth. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Researchers have identified six pre-reading (early literacy) skills that help children get ready to read and five practices that support those skills: reading, talking, singing, writing and playing. Our Preschool Literacy Programs are a great way to see these skills and practices in action!
The Six Early Literacy Skills