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Early Literacy at Stark Library

Our Start Smart initiative focuses on providing the information and tools that parents, caregivers, and educators need to facilitate early literacy development. And, of
course, like everything at the Library, all of these resources are available for free.

Early literacy is the knowledge a child develops about reading and writing before actually learning to read or write. With an early introduction to skills such as holding a book or listening to stories, children have a better chance at succeeding in school, which translates into positive outcomes later in life. on a Desktop Display


Winner of numerous awards from national education, parent, and media organizations, offers a highly engaging, expert designed curriculum for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten. The interactive activities explore reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music to help children build a strong foundation for academic success. Available only in the library, including the Library's wireless service.
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Ready Rosie on a Phone

Ready Rosie


Ready Rosie is a convenient daily digital subscription that provides activities for adults to do with children birth through grade 5. The activities are simple and are modeled in a two-minute video sent via email or SMS text message. Registration is free for any Stark Library cardholder. Sign Up Today

SPARK Parent Partner Helping a Student


Our seven SPARK parent partners remove barriers to school readiness through a year-long series of monthly in-home lessons and activities designed to help pre-school aged children and their families prepare for school. For more information, call 330-455-2972 or visit Spark Ohio.

Two Children Interacting with an AWE Early Literacy Station

AWE Early Literacy Stations

These special computers made just for kids feature interactive games that are both fun and educational. AWE stations are available at all Library branches.

Inside View of Kidmobile


Our fleet of "libraries on wheels" visit every daycare, preschool, and school district in the area. Librarians stock the vehicle with engaging materials, deliver requested items, and perform an educational show for the kids!

Set of Early Literacy Cards Fanned Out

Early Literacy Cards

These free sets of laminated cards are for parents and caregivers to keep. Each set is an age-appropriate guide for developing early literacy skills, featuring tips, books, games, and activities that will captivate kids while they learn.

Kids Taking Part in Story Time Activity

Story Time

The Library hosts regularly scheduled Story Times designed for specific age groups. Apart from being fun, Story Time encourages interest in reading and develops social and emotional skills. See our Story Time Event Listing