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.
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.

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

Family Storytime (Ages up to 6)

Monday Aug 2, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am South Lansing Stories, songs and movement to help build early literacy skills, held in the library on Mondays.   Read More

CADL Tales Live! Storytime (Ages up to 6)

Monday Aug 2, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am
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Join CADL staff 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, geared for ages up to six. See some of your favorite CADL storytime team members!  This is a public page; you do not need a Facebook account to view it. 
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Staff Picks

Ramona B.P. Recommends

Ty's Travels: All Aboard
A very nice selection for beginning readers and those who enjoy playing in a cardboard box. Ty really loves going on adventures but what is he to do when everyone in the house is too busy to play?...
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Tom S. Recommends

Leave It To Abigail!: The Revolutionary Life of Abigail Adams
For many of us, the one bit of historical trivia we know about Abigail Adams, besides her being the wife of President John Adams, was her famous admonition to the Continental Congress (and husband...
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