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Kids' Corner

Early Literacy Center

Early Literacy Center

The Early Literacy Center at MCPL Wausau is an enclosed area of the children's department specially designed for children 0-5 years old!

"Early literacy" is a term for what children know about language before learning how to read. This includes what letters look and sound like, recognizing rhyming words, knowing how a book works and recognizing that printed text has meaning. These concepts are learned by talking, singing, reading, writing and playing.

The library's Early Literacy Center has a direct focus on these skills. The center offers special book collections, rotating themes, a cozy reading nook and specialized activities to help parents teach their children -- including a magnetic wall, flannel boards, puzzles and more.


The Early Literacy Center was made possible by the following generous donors: the Marathon County Public Library Foundation, the Wausau Early Birds Rotary Club, and the Community Foundation of Northcentral Wisconsin.

MCPL For Children On-site Reading Advice

Photo of astronaut helmet on the "mission control" station in the ELC

Launch into outer space in the Early Literacy Center!

This summer, blast off with your child in the Marathon County Public Library's Early Literacy Center (ELC)! Throughout the summer months, you can help your child build his or her pre-reading skills in a fun, interactive outer spaced-themed environment!  Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before learning how to read and...

Children Library Early Literacy Learning

Cover: 'The Cook and the King'

The Cook and the King by Julia Donaldson, David Roberts

★★★★ In this new fairy tale, a hungry king needs to find a cook. After trying many cooks and rejecting them all, he ends up with Wobbly Bob. The king then asks for his favorite dish—fish and chips—but Wobbly Bob is “terribly scared” about every aspect of food preparation. The king looks sympathetically on the shaking cook and helps him to prepare the meal....

Audience: Children
Genre: Fiction

Featured Resource / Service

Britannica Learning Zone

Britannica Learning Zone

Engaging and developmentally-appropriate activities for young learners, including an interactive atlas, learning games, audio and video, and vocabulary builders. Teaches geography, time, shapes, numbers, and relevant vocabulary, all in a fun and safe online environment.

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