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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Early Learning Calendar

Print a calendar with daily activities that prepare children for success in kindergarten.

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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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Raising Reader Backpacks

Backpacks filled with books, toys, music CDs and DVDs on a kid-friendly theme.

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Blog Posts

CADL youth librarians are your partner in developing your child's love of reading.

Don’t let library fines stop you from enjoying summer reading at Capital Area District Libraries! From June 1 through August 31, CADL cardholders under the age of 18 can join our Read Off Fines program to erase up to $10 of fines from their account.
You could spend your time spring cleaning, but we think that time might be better spent with craft bunnies and not dust bunnies!
Plenty of great things happen when you spend time reading with a child. From school readiness to increased imagination, story time is time well spent.
February is National Bird Feeding Month and with the blustery weather Michigan has faced recently, it is easy to understand that our feather friends may need some help finding food!

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Storytimes & Playtimes

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-6)

Tuesday Jul 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am Mason Engaging stories, songs and activities to help build early literacy skills. Held before the library is open--please enter via ramp door. Read More

Movers & Readers Playtime (Ages up to 3)

Tuesday Jul 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am Holt-Delhi Lively stories and activities for young children and their caregivers Read More
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Staff Picks

Rose M. Recommends

Creepy Carrots
A wonderfully read book and the readers voice is remarkable. Not too scary but just right! I love carrots just not as much as Jasper Rabbit.
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Jeff A. Recommends

To the Copper Country
Mihaela is a 11 year old girl struggling to find her way in a new land while missing her extended family back home.  Going by this description you could say this is a immigrant story about...
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