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Early Years

Babies and Reading

Did you know that your child's brain develops more between birth and age 3 than at any other time in their lives?

Talking face to face with your baby is crucially important for building the pathways in the brain that set the foundation for literacy development. Learn more about how to incorporate language and communication as you talk, sing, read and play with your baby every day.

Our libraries are community spaces! You will find comfortable, family-oriented places with engaging activities always available for children of all ages. Programs for children are free.

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Get a Library Card
Ask at the front desk on your next visit to get a library card for your baby. Library cards for children up to age 12 have no late fines on overdue items. fine free card


Baby's Book Bag
infant and toddler books on display

New and expectant parents in London can pick up a free literacy bag containing practical, hands-on tools, board books and information to use as soon as the baby is born at any location of the London Public Library or EarlyON Family Centres.

Baby's Book Bag is an initiative of London's Child and Youth Network Literacy Team and the Kiwanis Club of Forest City-London.

Conversation Cards
Conversation Cards provide conversation starters for you at mealtimes, in grocery stores, laundromats and more. Pick them up at the Library or your local family centre or print below.
A project of the Child and Youth Network.