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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Last Updated: Sep 28, 2023 7:15 AM

Programs and Activities

Fairfax County Public Library offers many children's programs. All events are free. Go to the library’s event calendar and click on “View Events By…” to browse through programs by type, age or date or click on “Discover FCPL Events” to search for specific programs. Some programs have registration. Look for (R) in the description.

If you would like to receive notifications about some of our spotlight events, send a message to You will receive 1-2 monthly emails. 


StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and has developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. It is an outdoor reading experience whereby a children’s book is deconstructed,and the pages of the book are laminated and placed on wooden stakes or in permanent kiosks along a walking trail. Get children excited about reading by visiting a Fairfax County Public Library StoryWalk®.

Chantilly Outdoor Storywalk

Chantilly Regional Library Indoor StoryWalk®

Walk through the library and read "I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean?" by Kevin Sherry. As children walk along the StoryWalk® windows they can use a checklist to answer to questions along the way. Checklists can be picked up at the information desk.

Chantilly Regional Library Indoor StoryWalk®

Enjoy the summer weather and walk outside of the library and read "I Got the Rhythm" by Connie Schofield-Morrison.

Martha Washington Library StoryWalk®

Walk through the woods while following at the pages of a book at the Martha Washington Library StoryWalk® in cooperation with Mount Vernon Rec Center. This season's story is "I Won a What?" by Audrey Vernick.


Related Events

Day by Day VA

For daily activities related to reading, check out the Library of Virginia’s Family Literacy Calendar at


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