Early Learning Tips for Parents

Research shows one-on-one interaction between parent and child is critical for early learning. You can help your child develop important literacy and pre-reading skills. Five simple practices that help your child get ready to read are: ReadingWritingTalking, Singing, and Playing. Attending storytime helps children develop imagination, comprehension and attention skills.  

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Preschool Learning Tools

Practicing preschool skills can be both educational and fun. Explore our online learning tools together.

Go to Preschool Learning Tools


Not all reading happens on couches. Walk (and jump and run) and read at a CADL StoryWalk.

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Early Learning Calendar

Print a calendar with daily activities that prepare children for success in kindergarten.

Get the Calendar 

Raising Reader Backpacks

Backpacks filled with books, toys, music CDs and DVDs on a kid-friendly theme.

Browse the Backpacks


Tune in for CADLtales, a show that features CADL librarians reading stories and sharing activities.

Watch CADLtales


Raising Reader iPads

Check out the full list of educational apps that we provide on our in-branch iPads!

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Blog Posts

CADL youth librarians are your partner in developing your child's love of reading.

These titles from RBdigital speak volumes.
Capital Area District Libraries is on a quest to get Ingham County reading this summer—especially kids. The Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading project for all ages that runs from May 22 to August 8.
Each year CADL celebrates March is Reading Month by partnering with the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition, welcoming storybook characters at our branch libraries and area childhood centers.
What makes beginners books so different? Our Youth Services Librarian is here to answer.
This deal is way too good to let it go!

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

Hispanic Heritage Month Bilingual Storytime (Facebook)

Saturday Sep 26, 2020 11:00am - 11:30am
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Join us on our Facebook page on Sept. 26 & Oct. 10 for stories, songs, and activities celebrating Latino culture-en inglés y español! This is a public page; you do not need a Facebook account to view it. 
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Storytime to Go at CADL Webberville (Ages up to 6)

Monday Sep 28, 2020 10:00am - 6:00pm Webberville Enjoy a storytime at home or on the go! Pick up a free kit at CADL Webberville that includes fingerplays, activities and rhymes, plus book and music suggestions. We'll have a different kit each Monday and then while supplies last, available to pick up anytime during open hours. Call 517- 521-3643 to arrange a time for pickup, or include it as an "Add-on" at MyTime. Read More
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Great illustrations highlight this silly tale conveying the differences between the frantic duck and the calm, orderly lives of the other animals. Alert readers/listeners will spot the clue early on,...
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From dancing to new music to signing up for the school talent show, Christine discovers new interests when she becomes friends with Moon. While her parents expectations remain as strict as ever,...
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