Sing Talk and Read (S.T.A.R.)

Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library

Sing Talk and Read (S.T.A.R.)

We are excited to invite you to come and learn about the early literacy S.T.A.R. program at the DC Public Library. This program is for parents, caregivers, librarians, teachers and anyone who is interested in helping children from birth to 5 years old get ready to learn to read. The S.T.A.R. program uses six early literacy skills to lay a strong foundation for learning:

  • Phonological Awareness: the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words
  • Vocabulary: knowing the names of things, of concepts, feelings and ideas
  • Narrative Skills: the expressive part of language--the ability to describe things and events and to tell and retell stories
  • Print Awareness: knowing that print has meaning, how to handle books, and noticing print all around
  • Letter Knowledge: knowing that the same letter can look different, that letters have names and are related to sounds
  • Print Motivation: a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books and reading

Please join us for a six-week workshop series at the Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library beginning Monday, September 12, at 7:30 p.m. and meeting each Monday through October 17, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each one-hour session will:

  • Introduce one early literacy skill
  • Highlight research findings
  • Recommend developmentally appropriate activities and books
  • Give away a free book  
  • Share ideas to enhance your child’s day-to-day early literacy world 

To register (not required, but suggested) or for more information, please contact Tammy McKinney, children’s librarian, at 202-541-6100 or