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Tips for Parents



  • A Special Place For Books
    One of the easiest ways to show your child the importance of reading is to make a special place in your home to store your child's books.


  • Predictor of Reading Ability
    Knowledge of alphabet letters at entry into kindergarten is a strong predictor of reading ability in 10th grade.


  • Incorporate Literacy During TV Time
    Talk with your child about their show.


  • Preparing for Reading
    Singing and rhyming increases children's awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare children to read.


  • How to Help Your Child Develop Literacy Skills?
    You can help your child develop literacy skills during regular activities without adding extra time to your day. Talk to your child as you do everyday tasks such as sorting the laundry or thinking about what to cook for dinner.


  • Library Storytime
    Library storytime is a parent's opportunity to learn some new songs, stories, and rhymes that you can share and repeat with your child at home.


  • Get a Library Card!
    Ask us to help sign your child up for a library card!
    Get a RPL library card today!
    Did you know? You don't have to live in Richmond to get a RPL card!


  • Improving Literacy Skills With Multiple Languages
    Adults and children can improve their literacy skills by reading books in the family's first language and then reading the same book in English.


  • Read & Re-read
    Read and reread books about topics your child is interested in.


  • Share Your Experiences with Your Child
    Share what you read with your child. Read aloud a portion of the newspaper or a book you are reading. Share why reading is fun.


  • Storytelling
    Storytelling encourages imaginative thinking and builds narrative skills. Gather your family members at meal times and have them tell the story of their day.


  • Nursery Rhymes
    Research shows that knowing eight nursery rhymes by age four means better readign skills at age eight.


  • Be A Literary Role Model!
    Set a great example by keeping books in your home and modeling good reading habits.


  • Be Visually Literate
    Explain illustrations in books.


  • Storytime & Babytime
    We have FREE storytime and babytime programs each week to encourage reading and literacy. We also have special events that help build literacy skills, including puppet shows, sing-alongs and more! Browse RPL's Event Calendar


  • Tumblebooks for Kids Check out RPL's Digital Collections
    Have you tried out Tumblebooks kids e-book collection? The words of each story are highlighted as they are read out loud. Keep in mind that e-books, apps and online games are best for kids age 2 or older.


  • Home Message Board
    Try a home message board to exchange notes.


  • Learning Tips for Babies
    Children under the age of two learn best from real-world experiences and interactions – such as physical play, reading print books together or listening to music together.


  • Reluctant Readers
    Boys are traditionally more reluctant readers. Magazines, sport cards, comics and others still count as reading.


  • Reading in Your First Language
    Readign in your first language helps you learn English easier.


  • Build Vocabulary with Games
    Board games and card games help build literacy by including words.


  • Reading is Bonding
    Reading to Children is a bonding and nurturing experience.


  • Learning New Words
    Children learn new words through nursery rhymes.


  • Ask Questions
    Interact with your child when they try new apps, ask questions and point out new things.


  • Incorporate Reading into Play
    Incorporate reading an dwords into your child's playtime.


  • Read to Big Kids
    Keep reading to your big kid to expand their vocabulary and book choices.


  • Let Your Child Turn the Pages
    Let your cild turn the pages of the book so they understand how it works.


  • Read Early
    Studies show that future success depends on early reading abilities.


  • Age Appropriate Books
    Choose age appropriate books for your child's development level.


  • What Makes A Better Reader?
    The more children read the better readers they become.


  • Introduction to English
    Library storytimes are an excellent introduction to English.


  • Seasonal & Holidays Reads
    Visit the library for books that go along with the seasons and special holidays.


  • Encourage Free Play
    Play stimulates the healthy development of children’s brains. Unstructured or free play is the best type of play for young children.


  • What's At Your Library?
    The library has thousands of great books, digital books, movies, games and music albums to choose from – there is something for everyone!
    » Learn More About The Library Catalogue


  • Keeping Digital Screens Out of the Bedroom
    There is a place and time for digital learning. It's not bedtime though.
    Keeping screens out of the bedroom can help your child have a better night’s sleep.


  • Limiting Screen Time
    The Canadian Paediatric Association encourages parents to limit screen time. For children under age 2, the recommendation is zero screen time. For children age 2-4, try a limit of 1 hour per day.

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Library Resources for Parents


Create & Learn

Express your family's creativity!

Create & Learn is a great place for self-publishing; share your family projects or parenting knowledge with the Richmond community.

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RPL Events for Parents


Parenting Collection

Resources that aid your everyday parenting needs!

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Special Needs Support

Find out how you can provide special needs support for your child.

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Reading Support

Find out how you can help your child become a better reader.

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Useful Resources on the Web


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