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.

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!
Simply put, it is a way to communicate with a computer by telling it what to do. By introducing young children to coding, you will help them develop life skills they will need in their future, such as problem solving, organization and communication.

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Storytimes & Playtimes

Music Storytime (Ages up to 6)

Monday May 27, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am South Lansing Children will enjoy singing, instruments, stories and more. Read More

Kids Reading to Librarians (Age 5 & up)

Monday May 27, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm South Lansing Practice your skills by reading to a librarian. We can help you choose a book, or bring your own. Read More
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The Ghost Road
When Ruth leaves her Toronto home to spend the summer with Aunt Doll, who lives in a remote Newfoundland village, she’s both excited and annoyed.  Excited because she’ll be meeting...
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