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.

Get the Calendar 

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.
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

Family Storytime (Ages up to 6)

Thursday May 19, 2022 10:30am - 11:30am Downtown Lansing Engaging stories, songs and activities to help build early literacy skills, held every Thursday. Read More

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-6)

Thursday May 19, 2022 10:30am - 11:15am Williamston Engaging stories, songs, and activities to help build early literacy skills--lots of interactive fun!  Read More
All Storytimes

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