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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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.

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Raising Reader Backpacks

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

Browse the Backpacks

CADL Tales

Tune in for CADL Tales, 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 new titles bring a fresh viewpoint to both historic events and contemporary life.
Celebrate March is Reading Month with some of our favorite children's titles!
Celebrate with great titles in Chinese and English.

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

*Under-the-Sea Tea Party (Ages 4-8)

Saturday Jun 25, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am Mason Enjoy tea, treats and some under-the-sea stories with Miss Lindsay. *Registration required; call 517-676-9088 or click on "Register."
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Family Storytime (Ages up to 6)

Monday Jun 27, 2022 10:00am - 11:00am Dansville Join us on the library patio for engaging stories, songs and activities that introduce early literacy skills.? Activities will be available for older siblings. Attendees are welcome to stay after for outdoor play with bubbles, chalk and the sandbox. Held outdoors at the library; moved inside in the event of rain. Read More
All Storytimes

Staff Picks

John T. Recommends

Fraggle Rock Omnibus
After helping launch Sesame Street and creating The Muppet Show, puppeteer Jim Henson's next major TV series was Fraggle Rock! With the franchise due for a 2022 revival, this is the perfect time...
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Mark N. Recommends

Saving Eli's Library
This is a delightful story of a boy named Eli who, along with his father, a few librarians, and several library patrons, helps to protect his favorite public library from a flood. Colorfully...
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