Children are born ready to learn . . .

A child's brain is 90% developed by the child's fifth birthday ...

Parents are a child's first and most important teacher . . .

The library is a community resource for early learning 


The ELF program at Lassen Library is designed to provide resources to parents and their young children to help them make the most of the learning that a child undergoes the first five years of its life.

Our program uses educational resources from the following early learning and literacy programs:

Early Learning with Families - A statewide project of the California State Library and North Bay Cooperative Library System, supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Every Child Ready to Read - A program of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children, divisions of the American Library Association. 

Getting Ready for School - A program of the Foundation for Early Learning.

Parents Action for Children - A program of Michele and renowned film director Rob Reiner to help raise public awareness about the critical importance the prenatal period through the first early years plays in a child’s healthy brain development.


Image ImageReading Skills children must know before they can learn to read
(from Every Child Ready to Read):


>   Print Motivation
>   Vocabulary
>   Print Awareness
>   L
etter Knowledge
>   Phonological Awareness
>   Narrative Skills




Simple ways to encourage learning                                 
(from Getting School Ready): 



  1. Be Warm, Loving and Responsive
  2. Respond to the Child's Cues and Clues
  3. Talk, Read and Sing to your Child
  4. Establish Routines
  5. Encourage Safe Exploration and Play
  6. Make TV watching Selective
  7. Use Discipline as an Opportunity to Teach
  8. Recognize that each Child is Unique
  9. Choose High-Quality Child-Care and Stay Involved
  10. Take Care of Yourself




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