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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.

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. 

Featured Events

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Music Time with Jazzy J

This fun and interactive music program is designed to enhance the curiosity and creativity of young minds around music. Children and parents will be engaged in singing, movement activities, reading and the joy of music. Ages 4-5. (R) 

Jazzy J is a highly motivated music teacher with over 20 years of music experience with early childhood and elementary ages. She uses a variety of genres of music along with other listening and movement activities to help children explore and learn about their own ever changing music preferences.  

Saturday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m. Register. (Registration opens Saturday, June 25.)

Saturday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. Register.  (Registration opens Saturday, July 2.)

Related Events


Mom is a Kaenyeo Storywalk

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 Regional Library Indoor StoryWalk®

Walk through the library and read the Korean children's book "Mom is a Haenyeo" by Hui-young Ko and illustrated by Eva Armisén.

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 "Where's My Teddy?" by Jez Alborough.


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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