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                  301 W. Elm - Salina, KS - 67401 

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Library Hours

                 Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
                 Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
                 Sunday 1 - 6 p.m. 

6 x 6 Ready to Read


6 by 6

6 by 6 is a program that emphasizes the 6 skills that parents and caregivers can help children develop before they learn to read, at about the age of 6.  


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Have Fun with Books Notice Print All Around You Talk, Talk, Talk Look for Letters Everywhere Tell Stories About Everything Take Time to Rhyme


Take Time to Rhyme

  • Read Mother Goose rhymes and sing with your children.
  • Play with words and help your children sound them out.

Rhymes and music help children learn to hear the smaller sounds of language. 

Notice Print All Around You

  • Let your children handle books and help you turn pages. Babies will even put them in their mouths!
  • Point to words on the page as you read so your children understand that we read from left to right, front to back, and top to bottom - not all cultures do.
  • Point out signs and print wherever you go.
  • Have books, newspapers and magazines throughout your home.

Have Fun with Books

  • Choose books that you and your children will enjoy.
  • Use expression when you read.
  • Let your children see you reading for pleasure.

The first step in learning to read is wanting to learn.

Look for Letters Everywhere

  • Children need to know their shapes before they can learn letters. Hang shape mobiles above your baby's crib, read books about shapes and play with shape puzzles and sorting games.
  • Talk about letters and sounds in objects and words that your children know.

Talk, Talk, Talk

  • Point to objects and name them. Name feelings too!
  • When you come to new word in a book, talk about its meaning.

Children hear and learn more new words when you read books, and a larger vocabulary is linked to greater reading success.

Tell Stories about Everything

  • Talk about your day to show that all stories have a beginning, middle and end. 
  • Let children help tell the story or act it out.
  • Choose books without words and encourage your children to tell the story from the pictures.
  • Ask questions when you read, such as, "What do you think will happen next?"

These activites help with comprehension.

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The public library in Salina is an asset to our community.
-Gary C.  
Growing up in Salina, I loved laying in one of the old bathtubs in the childrens section, a stack of books on the ground beside me.
-Shannon D.