Grab and Go Literacy Station Templates for Libraries
Support early literacy throughout the library and in the community with these simple templates that highlight each of the Five Practices and Six Skills. Set up a station as a display or passive program anywhere. Grab and Go Literacy Stations are a great tool for librarians to use during parent workshops, family events, or storytimes, or to connect with the community outside the library. You may customize the templates and arrange them to suit your needs. You may include books from your library collection, and take-and-make activities. There are many reasons to create Grab and Go Literacy Stations for your library:
Easy To Use
- Setting up stations is easy to do.
- Most materials are low cost, free, or already in your library.
- Rotating stations is easy and keeps interest alive.
- Can be as extensive or compact as your space dictates.
Efficient and Effective
- Self-serve! No extra staff needed.
- Extends the learning from storytime and other literacy programs.
- Promotes and builds existing library programs.
Extend Your Reach
- They're portable! Set them up at community events; incorporate them into outreach displays.
- Increase parent awareness of the six literacy skills and five practices.
- Inspire children to explore and learn through self-discovery.
- Demonstrate the purpose of reading and writing, and inspire children to explore.
- Demonstrate the purpose and power of print.
- Encourage social interaction and oral language development.
- Invite children to gradually understand print concepts.
- Provide practice with real life experiences that require reading and writing.
- Add an element of fun to the library; kids learn when they are having fun!
Download these Grab and Go Literacy Station templates and create your own stations. Downloadables include printable title sheets that describe each skill or practice, printable activity sheets for each skill, and checklists of supplies for each skill. The printables are provided in both Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher formats, and may be customized with your library logo or other information. Some stations also include a separate booklist or additional resources.
Each template will download as a compressed (zipped) folder. Click the skill or practice name to download the template:
Letter Knowledge (ABCs)
Narrative Skills (Storytelling)
Phonological Awareness (Sounds)
Print Awareness (Using Books)
Print Motivation (Loving Books)
To assemble and display Grab and Go Literacy Stations, you may arrange the title and activity sheets on a tri-fold display board and place books and activity materials in front. Or attach the sheets to posterboard to display over a table or bookcase. If space is at a premium, staple the sheets into a booklet, or display the title sheets on endcaps. Place Grab and Go Literacy Stations in your storytime room or near your picture book collection. Make copies of the activity sheets for parents and caregivers to take home. Create a literacy corner with some comfy parent-and-child furniture and watch the fun begin! Put Grab and Go Literacy Stations in community centers and doctors' offices. Mix and match the templates to suit your library's programs or community needs. Let your imagination and your early literacy goals be your guides.
The photo on this page depicts a Grab and Go-inspired display created by the Wayne County Public Library. WCPL provides a display checklist for libraries wanting to replicate this display. You may also download a full-color sheet of the Five Practices diamond shapes and a full-color sheet of the Six Skills oval shapes shown in the display.
The Grab and Go Literacy Stations were developed and created by the Ohio Ready to Read Task Force. Marisa Glaviano and staff at the Westerville Public Library created the original templates. Kerry Rhoad, Children's Librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, updated the templates and created the title sheets for the Five Practices. You are welcome to contact Kerry with any questions about the Grab and Go templates.
Ohio Ready to Read is indebted to the Idaho Commission for Libraries' Read to Me program. Read to Me's Early Literacy Stations inspired the ORTR Grab and Go Literacy Stations. We also appreciate Read to Me's checklist of the benefits of these stations, which we have copied with permission above.