March is Reading Month!

Celebrate Reading with CADL and the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition.

March is National Reading Month! It's a time when librarians, teachers and parents across the country make an extra effort to encourage children to get excited about reading.

Each year CADL celebrates by partnering with the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition, welcoming storybook characters at our branch libraries and area childhood centers.

Who decides which characters to invite? The kids do! That’s because there are certain books librarians just can’t keep on the shelves. This year’s featured characters are Clifford, Cookie Mouse (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), Mercy Watson, Esteban the Pea Green Crayon (The Day the Crayons Came Home), and Pete the Cat. 

Where to Visit

These characters will be visiting CADL branches, other libraries and early childhood centers all over the Greater Lansing area. Find a character you would like to visit from March 9 through March 21, 2020. 

For a full listing check here.

Addresses and locations here.

Literacy Celebration: Stage Show & Activities

In accordance with Governor Whitmer's recent recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition has voluntarily chosen to cancel the Literacy Celebration at the Hannah Center in East Lansing this Sunday, March 15. The health and safety of our families and children are of upmost importance.  We look forward to holding this event next year and encourage everyone to keep reading with your families.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity for a family friendly stage show with The Storytellers at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing on March 15 (CANCELLED: Please see above message.). Experience storytelling and music and visit with all the storybook characters, plus receive a free book. Supporting early literacy skills is foundational to building future readers. Providing music, craft tables and a gross-motor-skills space really gives kids another chance to practice those skills. 

Flyer and details here.

Did you know the number of words a child knows upon entering kindergarten is a great predictor of future reading success? 

Celebrate reading - read aloud every day!

Early Childhood Literacy Coalition Logo - a colorful, abstract logo. Blobs shaped like colons (the punctuation mark, not the body part) are nested within eachother, forming an almost-heart shape. On the inside of this heart shape rests an open book.