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

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.

We compiled a list of titles and resources for those with print challenges.
These new titles bring a fresh viewpoint to both historic events and contemporary life.

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

Movers & Readers Playtime (Ages up to 3)

Tuesday Oct 19, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am Holt-Delhi Lively stories and activities for young children and their caregivers, meeting every Tuesday Read More

*Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-6)

Tuesday Oct 19, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am Mason
Enjoy songs, rhymes, and stories with Miss Lindsay. *Registration recommended but not required; call 517-676-9088 or click on "Register." You may register just once for the entire series (Sept. 7-Dec. 7). 
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All Storytimes

Staff Picks

Katie S. Recommends

A Beary Rainy Day
This is a remarkable story with very fun illustrations about a bear who is scared to go out in the rain. Until one day, something changes ... I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to...
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Maxine B. Recommends

Dark Hedges, Wizard Island and other magical places that really exist
Are you ready for a magical trip around the world.   Each location includes myths, folklore, legends, and the history of some of the worlds most remote and fascinating places.  Kids and...
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