As participants in the Vermont Early Literacy Initiative, Jamaica Memorial Library offers Little Ones Story Times focused on Early Literacy twice a month on one Saturday at 11:00 a.m. & Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Check our monthly calendar for dates or call 802-874-4901.

In 2010 the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Vermont Center for the Book began a partnership to promote early literacy initiatives statewide. In the first year of the Vermont Early Literacy Initiative (VELI) 30 public libraries across Vermont participated in the program. The initial VELI focused on six key pre-reading skills. Another 23 libraries joined the program the following year, which expanded further in 2012 to include programs focusing on language and math literacy for preschoolers. In 2014, participating librarians attended an additional conference about the importance of health social-emotional development in young children.

Libraries involved in VELI receive assistance in the form of training, program materials and promotional items for participants. The libraries in turn have created story times focused on early literacy skills and readiness for school. Together, these libraries aim to bring early literacy experiences to children, parents, and childcare providers.

We offer story times that incorporate many different ways of learning in order to help prepare children for school and get used to being in a group. Come and join us. Programs are also available for home school and day care groups. Call the library for further information at 802-874-4901.