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.

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.
When I was five years old I became obsessed with making paper bag puppets. Projects like this may seem wasteful, needlessly messy or overly simple, but there are countless benefits to such open-ended activities:
In 2018, more than 700 participants were registered for the pre-reader program. We at CADL hope to grow this number in the future so that even more of our youngest patrons gain the tools they need to become super readers.
Ask yourself: How do you advocate for literacy in your sphere of influence?

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Storytimes & Playtimes

Super Special Storytime (Ages up to 6)

Saturday Jan 19, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm Downtown Lansing MSU's Making a Memory student group seeks to inspire others to find magic in the world. Join their princesses and superheroes at this extraordinary, interactive storytime.  Downtown Lansing parking is free on weekends. Read More

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-6)

Tuesday Jan 22, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am Dansville Engaging stories, songs and activities to help build early literacy skills. Stay afterward for the Willow Tree Rural Moms Group meeting on the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month.

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Staff Picks

Cheryl W. Recommends

Grandma's Purse
What’s more entertaining than looking through Grandma’s purse? Why does she carry all those magical things with her? After all, you never know what you might need. For each item in the...
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Lindsay A. Recommends

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors
This book is an exciting, hilarious, tongue-in-cheek, action-packed read-aloud that gives a fake history of how the timeless game of rock, paper, scissors came to be. Rock, Paper and Scissors are the...
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