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.  

Explore the 5 Practices

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

Storytime to Go at CADL Leslie (Ages up to 6)

Wednesday Dec 2, 2020 10:00am - 6:00pm Leslie
Request a themed storytime kit from CADL Leslie that includes stories, book lists and activity ideas appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers, available for pickup anytime during open hours, while supplies last. Call 517-589-9400, or request a storytime kit as an "Add-on" at MyTime. 
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CADL Tales Live! Storytime (Facebook)

Wednesday Dec 2, 2020 10:30am - 11:00am
All Locations
See some of your favorite CADL storytime team members! Join us on our Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday for live stories and songs to entertain the little ones. This is a public page; you do not need a Facebook account to view it. 
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Staff Picks

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