Early Literacy Playgroups

Rutland play groups

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ~ Albert Einstein

Speaking of fairy tales, there is probably nothing in real-life that comes as close to spinning straw into gold than the act of a parent reading to a child. RCPCC believes strongly in literacy – for all ages, but particularly as a shared family experience – as a powerful transformative process. RCPCC’s four weekly Literacy Playgroups (see schedule of times and locations below) are Informal gatherings of families seeking supportive experiences for their children. Children have the opportunity to hear stories, read and play. They socialize and learn with other children while listening to songs, dancing, playing with educational toys and participating in creative projects. Parents make new friends, share joys, concerns, ideas, and experiences, and learn from other parents.

“When I say to a parent, “read to a child”, I don’t want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate.” ~ Mem Fox

Literacy Playgroups help children and their parents in a variety of ways:

Social & Emotional: Kids learn how to play and interact with children and adults.

The act of reading to a child is an intimate and affectionate act of trust, faith and goodwill. It is an act of love – one that strengthens bonds and builds an association in a child’s mind and heart between books and positive emotions.

Physical: Kids improve fine motor control through arts & crafts; and improve health and large motor control through movement & dance.

Cognitive: Kids gain knowledge, problem-solving skills and reading/writing readiness through creative play & literary activities.

From books, children experience a dramatically expanded vocabulary and structure of language that enriches their ability to think and articulate their thoughts, which enhances their confidence and social and academic skill. Reading also strengthens a child’s attention span … and a parent’s own cognitive abilities.

Early literacy  – developed, for instance, in the daily reading of a story – is an investment that pays dividends for life.

Playgroup List

Rutland Free Library
10 Court St.
Rutland VT 05701
Fridays 9:30-11:00 am

Mount Holly Library
26 Maple Hill Road
Belmont, VT 05730
Tuesdays 10-11:30 am

Castleton Library
638 Main Street
Castleton, VT 05735
Wednesdays 10-11:30 am

Maclure Library
840 Arch Street
Pittsford, VT 05763
Thursdays 10-11:30 am

Program Photos

Rutland play group
Rutland County early literacy

For more information on our Early Literacy Playgroups program, contact:

Lynn Gould
Phone: 802-775-9711