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Resource of the Month

Resource of the Month – January:

Explore this site (whose motto is “Every child. Every parent. Every day.”) for inspiration to read aloud in 2023. It includes reading tips and ideas for caregivers, reading calendars, as well as powerful stats and humorous mini posters on the power of reading. Reading for 15 minutes a day for one year = just over 91 hours of bonding (and brain-building) fun!

Featured Book of the Month

Recommended book of the month: January 

Raising a rock-star reader : 75 quick tips to help your child develop a lifelong love of reading / Amy Mascott
 J PAR 372.4 MAS
“From the creators of the popular education blogs Teach Mama and No Time for Flash Cards comes a must-have parents guide for raising lifelong readers and learners. Written for today s time-crunched parents, this book is filled with easy-to-implement tips for creating a literate environment and fun, quick activities for building children s oral language and early reading and writing skills. Just five minutes a day every day is all it takes to foster a child s love of reading and learning.”–Publisher’s description.

The Newburgh Basics

The Newburgh Basics Campaign is inspired by the fact that 80% of brain development happens in the first three years of life… The Newburgh Basics are five evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles that encompass much of what experts find is important for children from birth to age three.”

1. Maximize Love, Manage Stress

2. Talk, Sing, and Point

3. Count, Group, and Compare

4. Explore Through Movement & Play

5. Read and Discuss Stories

“Every child from every background can benefit from routinely experiencing Newburgh Basics learning experiences.”

Get Ready to Read Pre-reading skills, or early literacy, can be developed from the time babies can begin to hold an object! Parents and caregivers are a child’s first teacher.

Babies can learn to recognize the beginning of a book (front cover), how to turn a page, and begin to distinguish images from words on a page using Board Books.

Teach your child how to hold a book and turn the pages.

Point to words and follow with your finger as you read aloud.

As a child gets older, expose them to different types of printed material (books, magazines, menus, packaging).

Teach the printed alphabet and numbers. “ABC/123 books” are a separate collection in the picture book section.

Once a child begins to recognize basic words, the “Easy Reader” collection is the place to look for books to begin to read. These books have a controlled vocabulary to allow beginning readers to build word sound skills and increase sight word recognition.

Most importantly for getting a young child ready to read is that you talk to them, to develop language skills, and read to and with them as much as possible. Young children model what the adults in the world around them are doing and appear to value. Make time for books and reading!

Pick Books for Me Service

Early Literacy Subject Guide

Have fun with our guide on Early Literacy. Includes information, books, play ideas, crafts, videos, and more. Learn More


DaybyDayNY is a website for young children and their families. It is part of the New York State Library early literacy initiative Ready to Read at New York Libraries.

Interactive Calendar and Resources

This interactive calendar ( includes activities for young children designed to foster school readiness, including art and craft ideas, fun and educational web sites, preschool health information, and links to online stories and e-books.

Free Children’s Books Online

This subject guide offers links to hundreds of e-books offered free. Most book sources do not require a library card to access. Includes text e-books, book videos, and audiobooks, plus selected booklists.

Click Here for Free Books

NYS Home School and Educational Resources

This subject guide contains many resources “to help adults support youth learning and help young scholars support themselves.”

Click Here for Resources

Local Information

There are some excellent and supportive organizations for parents, caregivers and children in Orange County.  The web links below have been chosen for their valuable services and  important parental  information  to the community in which the Library resides.  This list will be added to on an as needed basis in the future.  Any new suggestions for local Newburgh community organizations can be sent to the website section

Child Care Council of Orange County, Inc.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County, NY

Hudson Valley Parent Magazine

Orange County Homeschoolers

Informal/inclusive group offering outings/activities for  members and their homeschooled children.

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