BOOKSHARE: Bringing the Library to Kids in Child Care

Child Care Provider reading to kids

Access to books and reading together are two of the best ways to build a lifelong love of reading in young children.

The Bookshare program puts books into the hands of kids in family child care and daycare centers while supporting the development of early literacy skills. Early literacy is what kids know about reading and writing before they actually learn to read and write. The five early literacy practices are singing, talking, reading, writing and playing. All five share an important role in developing language and literacy skills while preparing for future success in school.

Once a month a box of books is brought to child care facilities. These boxes are rotated among the child care community. They contain picture books great for reading aloud, non-fiction that appeals to preschoolers and board books perfect for toddlers and babies.

Request Bookshare Service

The BookShare program’s service area (Printable PDF Map) is entirely within Washington County and bounded by:

  • Springfield Road on the north; , SW 185th Avenue on the west;
  • SW TV Highway on the south, and Highway 217;
  • Barnes Road, and Miller Road on the east.
  • and Washington/Multnomah County line to the northeast.

Sites must be within Washington County.

Free Child Care Trainings

The Power of Play| March 5 | 9-11 AM | Online

Learn about the power of play to engage and motivate learning in your classroom. Through hands-on activities and the latest research on play, learn to replace stress with fun. Leave this workshop with educational play activities to share with children in your care.

Presented by: Megan Barella in English.

Set 2, CKC: UGB, 2 hours, Age Group: PS |Registration begins February 5

Building on the Infant and Toddler Mental Health Foundations: Theory to Practice| April 9 | 9 AM- 12 PM | Online

Infant mental health is the key to responsive caregiving. As early childhood educators, we support the development of our youngest children by exploring the important trusted relationships in social emotional development. We further examine brain research and new trends in infant toddler mental health. Finally, we look at strength-based supports for the families of our youngest children.

La salud mental infantil es la clave para el cuidado receptivo. Como educadores de la primera infancia, apoyamos el desarollo de nuestros niños más pequeños explorando las importantes relaciones de confianza en el desarollo socioemocional. Además, examinanos más a fondo la investigación cerebral y las nuevas tendencias en la salud mental de los niños pequeños. Finalmente, analizamos los apoyos basados en la fuerza para las familias de nuestros niños más pegueños.

Presented by: Dalia Avella in Spanish

Set 2, CKC: HGD, 3 hours, Age Group: I/T| Registration begins March 9

The 4 Pillars of your Happy Home and Classroom| May 7 |9-11 AM |Online

Learn the 4 Pillars of your Happy Home and Classroom: compassion, connection, confidence, and cooperation enhance the learning environment in your classroom. Equal parts theory, experiential activities, mindfulness tools, and enlightening small group discussions, this workshop is upbeat and interactive. You’ll leave renewed and refreshed for the work you do with new tools to share at your site!

Presented by: Megan Barella in English

Set 2, CKC: UGB, 2 hours, Age Group: PS| Registration begins April 7

Free Library Sponsored Child Care Trainings brought to you by: Beaverton City Library, Cedar Mill and Bethany Community Libraries, Cornelius Public Library, CCR&R, and WCCLS.

Information & Links for Child Care Providers

For Bookshare questions contact:
Julie Handyside
Early Childhood Outreach Librarian
julieh@wccls.org or 503 644-0043 x 120