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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.

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