Celebrate Literacy During March is Reading Month

Scavenger_Hunt_Art copy.jpgAcross the country, libraries and schools are coming together to celebrate March is Reading Month (MIRM). March was designated National Reading Month in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2 and encourages readers of all ages to read daily and engage in reading and other literacy activities outside for fun.

“Capital Area District Libraries believes that reading skills are important to develop and celebrate,” said Youth Services Specialist Mari Garza. “It's a great stress reliever and builds your vocabulary, no matter what age you are.”

A way to celebrate reading for fun is at your local library! We’re celebrating all month long with a scavenger hunt and literacy celebrations, plus we’re promoting reading resources that are free with your library card and can help children develop early literacy skills. Keep reading to learn more!

MIRM Scavenger Hunt

Get ready for an adventure during Reading Month this March with our Scavenger Hunt for ages 3-10! Dive into the magical world of books and embark on a journey filled with imagination, fun, and of course, prizes! Bring your little adventurers to any CADL branch to pick up a scavenger hunt worksheet or print your own copy (PDF) from home and let the adventure begin.

MIRM Book Characters

Embrace the magic of MIRM alongside your beloved book characters! Join us at select branches for meet-and-greet events, where you'll make themed crafts and discover displays showcasing books and movies starring these iconic figures. Dive deeper into the excitement by clicking the links below to explore each branch's unique celebration or activity dedicated to its character.

Celebrate Literacy!

Join us for a fun-filled day of children’s activities and storytelling on Sunday, March 17 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Lansing Mall. Meet beloved storybook characters and prepare to rock and read with family musician LEONARDO. Every child will receive a free backpack filled with books, courtesy of WKAR (one per child while supplies last). Learn more about the Literacy Celebration Stage Show & Activities on our events calendar.

Early Literacy Resources

In addition to our extensive collection of children’s books, our members have access to several free resources that can help children develop early literacy skills. From our storytime events to raising readers backpacks, we have something for every little reader.

  • Bookflix – Bookflix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic animated stories with nonfiction ebooks to build a love of reading and learning. Designed for children in grades K-3, it helps early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces them to a world of knowledge and exploration.
  • Raising Readers Backpacks – Our themed kits are fill with books, toys, music CDs and DVDs designed for children and their caregivers. Children will learn how to use talking, reading, writing, singing and playing to help develop early literacy skills.
  • Raising Readers iPads – Our branches have at least one Raising Readers iPad for children ages 3-8 to use while in the library. Each iPad is pre-loaded with apps that are organized around the five early literacy practices: read, write, sing, talk and play.
  • Storytime Events – We offer storytimes for children of all ages, including babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Storytimes are a great way for children to develop important literacy and pre-reading skills as well as imagination, comprehension and attention skills.
  • World Book Early Learning – This online tool is recommended for early elementary students, ages 3-8. Children can learn about colors, numbers and other fun things independently or with an adult. World Book Early Learning also strengthens reading foundations with stories, activities and videos.