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Early Childhood Services

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Library Read Wagon logoThe LITTLE READ WAGON is the San Antonio Public Library’s early literacy program, designed to support the development of young children’s love of books, reading and learning.

Little Read Wagon staff provide foundational literacy information and materials to parents, extended family, and caregivers of children ages birth-five years. Services are provided free of charge at public libraries, childcare facilities, schools and community-based organizations.

The Little Read Wagon mission is to empower the San Antonio community with an increased awareness of, and the tools to support, early literacy skills.

Are you an early childhood professional? Be sure to check out our resource guide created just for you!


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Little Read Wagon looks forward to the day when staff can safely host in-person programs.  In the meantime, San Antonio Public Library branches are open for in-person browsing Tuesday through Saturday.  Take a look at live and recorded activities for young children featuring your SAPL children's librarians.  Visit Summer 2021 for special performers and for information on how to fill your summer bucket!




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Programs & Activities

Play & Learn!

Play and LearnUse this link to find upcoming Little Read Wagon Play & Learn events. These events are especially for adults and their children ages five and younger. 

We will meet for stories, songs, and fun learning activities. This program is most appropriate for adults and their children (or grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends) ages 5 and younger.

View a Play & Learn video.

Frequently asked questions
Q: What is the purpose of Play & Learn with Little Read Wagon?
A: Helping Family, Friends, and Neighbors (FFNs) and parents realize their important role in preparing young children (birth through kindergarten) for success in reading, school, and life. Play is key!

Q: What can I do to make sure we have a great time at Play and Learn? 
A: 1. Please be on time so you can hear the group story and learn about this week’s topic. 
     2. Please be ready to play with your child as you talk, sing, read, read, write and play together. 

Q: What if we need to miss a day? 
A: That’s not a problem. Come when you can! We will have more Play and Learn series at other locations in the future, and you’re welcome to join us then. 

Q. Do I need to make a reservation?
A. Registration may be required based on venue and anticipated group size. Otherwise, join us when you can!


Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to ReadThe San Antonio Public Library offers an exciting workshop that can help parents and caregivers of children from birth to age five learn about the early literacy skills children must know before they can actually learn to read. Children who enter kindergarten with these skills are ready to learn to read. Since so much of school success is based on being a good reader, helping children get ready to read is an important priority for the parents and caregivers of young children.

Parents and caregivers can learn how to get every child ready to read with the help of a one-hour workshop from the San Antonio Public Library. Find out more about scheduling a presentation for your group by calling 210.207.2517 or Email.

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA) worked with Dr. Susan B. Neuman and Dr. Donna Celano, nationally-known researchers and educators to develop the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® workshops and materials.


Upcoming Teacher Workshops

Little Read Wagon workshops are always about early literacy! Our workshop for the 2019-20 school year is “Make Way for Play!” Register for the workshop date of your choice through Eventbrite.

Please visit our Resources for Early Childhood Professionals guide for information about other training providers.

Professional Development for Child Care Providers

The San Antonio Public Library's Little Read Wagon early literacy training (for those who work with children five and younger) is fun and FREE.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Who may attend?
A. We welcome anyone who lives or works in Bexar County, works directly with young children (birth-five years) and wants to learn about how to help young children develop early literacy skills. Children may not attend with you.

Q. How often may I attend?
A. You may attend each training topic once per calendar year. Topics change as new workshops are developed. Please check your certificate for the title and date of the last training you attended.

Q. How do I register?
A. Register for the workshop date of your choice through Eventbrite.

Q. How much does the training cost?
A. Thanks to the hard work of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation the training is FREE!

Q. How should I dress?
A. We recommend comfortable, casual clothes and that you wear layers or bring a sweater or light jacket especially if you tend to be cold.

Q. Can I use this workshop towards my annual training hours?
A. All participants are given a certificate of clock hours which can be used towards the annual training required by the Texas Licensing Law, Rules & Minimum Standards.

Q. Do you offer CPE hours?
A. No, Little Read Wagon does not offer CEU's or the CPE hours.

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