Alert: Your library will be closed July 3rd and 4th in observance of Independance day. We will resume regular hours once again on Monday, July 6th. The book drop will remain open 24/7 for you to return materials. Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Alert: THE LIBRARY WILL BEGIN A PHASE 2 REOPENING TO THE PUBLIC AT 9:00 AM TUESDAY, MAY 26TH. Library hours are shortened temporarily to 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday with the addition of SATURDAY HOURS 10AM – 2PM BEGINNING MAY 30TH. All library materials returned will continue to be quarantined for three days before being recirculated as a precautionary measure. 10 ITEMS MAY NOW BE PLACED ON HOLD either by using your online library account (use your library card number and 4-digit pin), or by calling the library for assistance at 931-648-8826. A browsing room is available at the library where 10 ADDITIONAL ITEMS MAY BE SELECTED FOR CHECKOUT in addition to holds. PHASE 2 WILL ADD ACCESS TO A LIMITED NUMBER OF PUBLIC COMPUTER STATIONS WITH ADDITIONAL AREA FOR UP TO 10 PATRONS WAITING FOR COMPUTERS ON THE 2ND FLOOR. THE COPY MACHINE ON THE 1ST FLOOR MAY NOW BE USED. Social distancing will be enforced - a limited number of patrons will allowed in the library building at any given time. We recommend the use of masks by patrons. During this phase 2 period, which will extend through June and July, the library will continue with the suspension of all programming, meeting room use and acceptance of donations. We continue to push out resources for engagement at home through our FB page https://www.facebook.com/CMCPublicLibrary. Please stay safe and we will see you soon!

Early childhood literacy

Why read aloud to very young children?

Children who are read to:

  • Discover that books are fun
  • Can become better listeners
  • Will understand the world better
  • Have a greater chance of succeeding in school
  • Get to cuddle with their favorite person: you!
  • Experience beautiful art in picture books
  • Approach learning to read with enthusiasm

Every Child Ready to Read @ Clarksville Public Library

Here you will find:

  • A list of skills that will help you prepare your child to get ready to read in school.
  • Also, there are recommended books for appropriate formats such as board books, concept books, and wordless books.
  • A suggested reading list for preschool and kindergarten
  • Links to other fun literacy web sites

Reading Aloud Tips

  • Choose children's books that you enjoy
  • Read and reread your child's favorite books
  • Set aside a time every day, for reading aloud
  • Let your child participate in the story
  • Remember: enjoy the book, don't teach it
  • Read aloud even after your child learns how to read
  • Be a role model - let your child see you reading as well

Remember - Get your child a Library Card