Children under 8 should enjoy the library with a caregiver at all times. Children 8 and older may be alone in the library. If you have questions, please look at our policy. You can chat with us live; look to the right of this page to see if we are available. If you are over 13, you can also chat with us on Facebook.
Early Childhood Literacy
Fremont Public Library strategically uses the Every Child Ready to Read initiative (developed by the Association for Library Service to Children) in our story times. There are five practives that build literacy skills: talking (and listening!), singing, reading, writing, and playing. Building literacy starts at birth, and parents are their child's best teacher.
1000 Books before Kindergarten: All aboard for a reading adventure! This reading program for ages birth through pre-kindergarten is a wonderful way to build a love for stories and create a foundation for reading and school success. Sign up at the Youth Services desk on the first floor. This program is open to Fremont Public Library cardholders only.
- Pre-1 = Reading Readiness (reading to be shared)
- 1 = Begin to Read (reading with help)
- 2 = I Can Read (reading with less help)
- 3 = I Can Read (reading alone with a little help)
- 4 = I Am Reading (reading alone, early chapter books)
Five Finger Rule: Have the child read any text-filled page of the book she has chosen. For each word she does not know, have the child put up one finger. At the end of the page, if the child has five fingers up, then the book is too hard; if no fingers are up, the book is too easy. The child should try to have two or three fingers up for a book that is “just right.” By using this method, the child can independently choose an appropriate book to help her grow as a reader.
When your reader advances beyond the Early Readers, but isn't quite ready to tackle a full-sized J novel, transitional books are the answer. Many transitional novels are found in our J Series aisle. Transitional fiction typically has...
- A main character between the age of 8-10 and a length of 60-110 pages
- One main plotline with subjects, concerns, issues, and emotions suitible for 7 to 10-year-old readers
- Language and vocabulary accessible to children reading at a 2nd-3rd grade level
- Lexile levels in the range of 350-750
Reader-friendly font size and white space and illustrations to support the text (at least one or two per chapter)
Keep Kids Reading
100 Books before High School: Grades K-8th grade sign up at the Youth Services desk and receive a binder to record every book you read independently. After every 20 books come to the library and choose one free book. That could be 5 free books by the end of the program! This program is for Fremont card-holders only.
Pin Pals: Genre Study. Grades 3-8 sign up at the Youth Services desk to receive your bookmark. Read 5 books in a genre & record on bookmark. Return the bookmark for a pin. Choose from twelve different genres and 34 different pins. Collect them all!