Check out all the activities and resources we have to help support your child’s early literacy and healthy development
Enjoy special bonding time filled with songs, rhymes, and snuggles
For children ages 0-18 months
Get ready to sing, dance, wiggle, and share stories with your toddler!
For children ages 18-36 months
Spend an hour reading, singing, playing, and crafting together!
For children ages 3-5
Our Family Literacy Specialists have been specially trained to offer the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) to check on your child’s development
The ASQ is simple and accurate and based on years of research and user feedback. Meet one-on-one with a Family Literacy Specialist at your library to complete the simple survey and discuss the results. Our Family Literacy Specialists will provide you with activities to keep promoting your child’s healthy development.
Download the brochure in English or Spanish to learn more information about ASQs.
Screening is a quick check of your child’s development. It’s happening in a wide variety of early childhood settings these days—from doctors’ offices to preschools to child care programs. Screening takes a snapshot of your child’s current skills and helps accurately identify children who may be at risk for delays.
Regular screening provides a fast and helpful look at how your child is doing in important areas like communication, social skills, motor skills, and problem-solving skills. Screening can identify your child’s strengths, uncover new milestones to celebrate, and reveal any areas where your child may need support. It helps you understand your child’s development and know what to look for next. And it helps you work with doctors and educators to plan next steps when it makes the most difference—your child’s critical first years of life.
The ASQ Developmental Screenings are FREE to families with a child ages 0-5 residing in Imperial County and enrolled in Raise a Reader Program. Complete the Contact Form to request an appointment to meet one-on-one with a Family Literacy Specialist at your preferred public library location. Staff will contact you within 3-5 business days by phone or email to schedule an appointment. These services are available in English and Spanish.
For more information, contact our Family Literacy Specialists at (442) 265-7103 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get your little one ready for kindergarten by reading and sharing books together. Track your reading online using Beanstack and earn prizes for different badges. Pick up your child’s prizes at any of the County library branches. Just show your badge or ask staff to look up your profile.
To Get Started:
Download the Beanstack App to track your reading
Imperial County Free Library has teamed up with Bright by Text to send free activities, games, and resources right to your cell phone. Messages are targeted to your child’s age and include information on child development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more.
To sign up, simply text the word “FAMILYPLACE” to 274448* or follow the weblink below. You will receive two to five short text messages per week, and each message provides a link for more information. To sign up additional children, simply text “FAMILYPLACE” to 274448 an additional time for each child.
The Libraries on the Spectrum countywide initiative provides resources and services to families with individuals with autism at all local public libraries in the Imperial Valley. Through the initiative led by the County Library, families have access to a collection of specialized equipment and helpful resources at all local public libraries in the cities of Brawley, Calexico, El Centro, Imperial, Calipatria, Holtville and areas of Heber and Salton City.
400 Main Street in Brawley
850 Encinas Ave. in Calexico
1140 N. Imperial Ave. in El Centro
Calipatria, Heber, Holtville & Salton City
200 W. 9th Street in Imperial
All resources and programs are provided free of charge to the public through a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the California State Library.
Imperial County Free Library’s Career Online High School (COHS) offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and a career certificate. You can advance in your career or take the next step in your education once you graduate. The Library supports you from enrollment to graduation so that you can achieve your goals.
The library’s program provides a limited number of scholarships to qualified adult learners who are looking to expand their career opportunities, prepare for workforce entry or continue their education. To be considered for the program, applicants will successfully complete an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, followed by an in-person interview.
Once enrolled in the program, COHS pairs each student with an online academic coach, who provides the student with an individual career path, offers ongoing guidance, evaluates performance and connects the student with the resources needed to master the courses. Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program.
Career Online High School (COHS) is an online high school diploma and career certification program available through the Imperial County Free Library. This program offers scholarships to a limited number of qualified students.
Imperial County residents (at least 18 years of age) who wish to earn their high school diploma and have a Imperial County Free Library card in good standing.
Enrollment is limited and the demand is expected to be high. Adults must successfully pass an online self-assessment and prerequisite course, as well as an in-person interview to become an applicant in the program.
Career Online High School is a program offered through Imperial County Free Library as a free service to the community and to fulfill its mission of supporting lifelong learning. Funds for this program have been made available through grants from the CA State Library and the Serra Regional Cooperative Library System. Students should demonstrate their commitment to completing the program through their effort and time spent on coursework. Scholarships are limited. Successful completion of the prerequisite course does not guarantee a scholarship will be awarded. If you request a transcript from one or more of your U. S. high schools or colleges, there will probably be a fee of around $5 to $15 that is your responsibility to pay.
No. This is not a GED program. Successful graduates will earn a high school diploma and a career certification through an accredited online high school.
Unfortunately all coursework is in English and students should be comfortable listening, reading, and understanding English.
While both the GED and the high school diploma are important, there are several differences between them; among the most significant is the fact that some colleges, institutions and organizations require a high school diploma and may not accept the GED. In addition to providing a high school diploma, COHS gives students the benefit of earning a career certificate and completing additional job preparation documents and training.
Through COHS, students may earn a certificate in the following areas:
Students will be given up to 18 months to complete the program, which will consist of 18 credits. Students accepted into the program may transfer up to 14 credits from their former high school. Depending on how many credits the student is able to transfer, the program can be completed in as few as five months.
Courses are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with internet access.
Your academic coach will connect you with a certified instructor, who will provide you with additional academic support when needed.
Please contact our Literacy Coordinator to discuss your options. Students will need to complete at least 10 hours of coursework per week on a computer with internet access. If computer access is a problem, we will work with you to identify a library or community location where you might be able to complete your work. We may also be able to lend you a laptop and wifi hotspot to participate in the program.
To learn more about this program, please email email@example.com and our enrollment team will contact you.