About TALK

Behind TALK

As librarians, we know kids learn best from their parents. As parents, we know that busy schedules can make it hard to find time to create quality learning experiences. The library is here to help! TALK gives easy suggestions for how parents of young kids can “make any time learning time” with daily interactions—it’s as easy as talking, singing, writing, reading, and playing with your child.

Using a research-based program called Every Child Ready to Read, we created activities parents can use to get kids ready to succeed in school. The five practices—reading, singing, talking, writing, and playing—have been shown to help children be ready to learn when they start Kindergarten. These simple activities build pre-reading skills starting from birth, such as hearing letter sounds, building hand muscles and dexterity, and recognizing letters and numbers.

A child’s brain is developing fastest from birth to age 5. Make the most of this time and help children be ready to succeed in school and life with TALK!

The Process

The Ypsilanti District Library led a team of librarians from across Washtenaw County who created the texts based on research-backed practices. The texts were reviewed by staff from Washtenaw Literacy and parents from the Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative to be sure they were easy to read, offered activities parents can fit into their already busy daily routines, and use supplies readily available around the house. Multimedia messages such as videos and images are being incorporated as well! Community partners from across Washtenaw County are helping bring this service to families.

Participating Libraries and Partners

Beyond TALK

TALK is intended for children under 6. Once kids reach kindergarten age, your local public librarians and your child’s teachers can recommend activities to build on the foundation you’ve established with TALK.

To contact your community’s library:
Ann Arbor District Library
Chelsea District Library
Dexter District Library
Manchester District Library
Milan Public Library
Northfield Township Area Library
Salem-South Lyon District Library 
Saline District Library 
Ypsilanti District Library