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.

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Early Learning Calendar

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

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

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Raising Reader Backpacks

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

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Blog Posts

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

What makes beginners books so different? Our Youth Services Librarian is here to answer.
This deal is way too good to let it go!
Host Mari Garza interviews Sandra Centeno, a library clerk at CADL South Lansing and the storyteller behind the Bilingual Storytime programs. Get a sneak peek into one of the newest storytime programs and learn what makes storytime at the library so special.
Did you know we have two different types of Kids CADL Cards? Find out more about both and discover if this is the year to get your child their own card.
Don’t let library fines stop you from enjoying summer reading at Capital Area District Libraries! From June 1 through August 31, CADL cardholders under the age of 18 can join our Read Off Fines program to erase up to $10 of fines from their account.

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Storytimes & Playtimes

Character Storytime (Ages up to 10)

Saturday Jan 25, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm Downtown Lansing Join us for special storytime when we host the Making a Memory Club from MSU. Club members will be dressed up as favorite story characters and superheroes as they read and interact with the children. Read More

Toddler Storytime (Ages 1½-3)

Monday Jan 27, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am Okemos Stories, songs and activities for toddlers and their caregivers Read More
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Staff Picks

Ann C. Recommends

McToad Mows Tiny Island
If someone in your family loves ‘things that go’ check out this hilarious tale using big machines for a small job just for the fun of it.
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Wanda F. Recommends

Ruth and the Green Book
Ruth's dad bought a new car--a 1952 Buick, so her family decided to take a road trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandmother. They quickly discovered some people were not so happy to see...
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