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Activities to Support Child Language and Reading



Imagination Library (0-5 yrs)
A free book a month mailed from birth – 5th birthday.
Little Free Libraries
A nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges.
Muscatine Literacy Coalition
Passes out free books at various community events/locations.
Summer Lunch Program
Books are passed out at each location once during the summer.



Iowa 4-H Clover Kids (K-3rd Grade, $30 annual)
The program develops skills that are essential for the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical maturation of kids by providing a unique, educational opportunity
Knee High Naturalists (4-6 yrs, $5 each)
Nature activities such as nature exploration, games, stories, and crafts.
Mini Masters (2-7 yrs, FREE)
Introduces kids to the world of art with classes featuring stories and activities.
O Baby Lapsit (0-3 yrs, FREE)
Child plus parent or caregiver focuses on early literacy skills
through rhyme, rhythm, fingerplays, and music.
Polliwog Playtime (18 mo-3 yrs, $5)
Nature toddler activities such as nature exploration, games, stories, and crafts.
Preschool Story Time (2-6 yrs, FREE)
Children enjoy sitting to listen to stories, sing songs, enjoy puppets, and do activities all geared toward the development of early literacy and group learning.
Sparkplugs (4-8 yrs, FREE)
A family literacy program that ignites imaginations.



Night of the Young Child
An annual event hosted by MCSD and community partner preschools for families focused on literacy activities.
Summer Reading Program
Encourages kids to read during the summer through a variety of events and incentives.


Talk_Read_Play_2015_Vroom_En-2These tips provide information and resources to parents and those serving young children and families about how to help children develop and be ready for school. Brought to you by Talk, Read, Play- The Family Conservancy, Project EAGLE and Juniper Gardens Children’s Project



To easily access fun activities any time download the Vroom app for Andriod or iOS devices. Daily Vroom is an app that helps busy parents make the most of the time they have. Turn on notification to be reminded daily to turn fun, everyday moments into brain building interactions.


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