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.

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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.

Celebrate reading for fun at your local library!
Discover titles by authors with deep Greater Lansing roots.
Join us for our Summer Reading Challenge.
Tom and Sherri join Mari to discuss children’s picks and March is Reading Month.
Mari is joined at the mic by special guest Lynn Harper, Branch Head at CADL Dansville, to take a look back at the titles they're excited about.

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

Family Storytime

Monday Jul 22, 2024 10:00am - 11:00am Dansville - In Library

Stories, songs and crafts that encourage literacy skills. For ages up to 6. Activities will be avai...

Preschool Learning Stations: Pirates

Monday Jul 22, 2024 10:30am - 11:15am Williamston - In Library

Drop-in to our Program Room with a caregiver to enjoy activities based on early learning concepts li...

All Storytimes

Staff Picks

Anita S. Recommends

A Good Place
Introduce the importance of pollinators and bugs in our gardens to children. Lucy Cousins's timeless illustrations are paired with a powerful message.
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Rock Your Mocs
Sometimes it’s nice to take time out to learn something new. Rock Your Mocs Day began in 2011 and was originally celebrated on November 15 and is now a weeklong celebration. The focus on...
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