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.

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!
March is National Reading Month! It’s a time when librarians, teachers and parents across the country make an extra effort to encourage children to get excited about 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.

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Storytimes & Playtimes

Meet Storybook Character Froggy (Ages 3-6)

Saturday Mar 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm Dansville March is Reading Month! We're hosting Froggy from the Jonathan London books for stories and activities. Presented in partnership with the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition. Read More

*Amazing Insects Storytime (Ages 2-5)

Monday Mar 25, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am Mason Explore science through storytime (enter via ramp door)! *Registration required; call 517-676-9088 or click on "Register."
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Staff Picks

Kate N. Recommends

Festival of Colors
This is a great book for people who celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi. It's also a great book for people who don't celebrate it. And it's a really great book for people who haven't...
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Tom S. Recommends

All Sail Set
Here’s a story about the clipper ship Flying Cloud, whose speedy voyage from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn set a sailing record that stood for 136 years.  All Sail Set is told...
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