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.

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.
Our expert staff voted on their favorite books published in 2022.
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

Baby Storytime (Ages 0 & up)

Tuesday Jan 31, 2023 10:30am - 11:30am Downtown Lansing Stories, songs and movement for our youngest readers and their caregivers. Read More

Movers & Readers Playtime (Ages up to 3)

Tuesday Jan 31, 2023 10:30am - 11:00am Holt-Delhi Lively stories and activities for young children and their caregivers.  Read More
All Storytimes

Staff Picks

Shannon C. Recommends

Bo's Magical New Friend
A great message about self-discovery, patience, and the trials of new friendships. Any beginning reader who loves unicorns is sure to love this story! 
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John T. Recommends

The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers (And Other Gruesome Tales)
Three things recommend this collection of spooky stories from around the world. First, author Jen Campbell has left in all the gruesome details that are often censored. Second, she has finessed the...
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