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.

This deal is way too good to let it go!
Host Mari Garza interviews Sandra Centeno, a library clerk at CADL South Lansing and the storyteller behind the Bilingual Storytime programs. Get a sneak peek into one of the newest storytime programs and learn what makes storytime at the library so special.
Did you know we have two different types of Kids CADL Cards? Find out more about both and discover if this is the year to get your child their own card.
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!

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Storytimes & Playtimes

Family Storytime (Ages up to 6)

Tuesday Sep 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am Dansville Engaging stories, songs and activities to help build early literacy skills

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Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-6)

Tuesday Sep 24, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am Okemos Engaging stories, songs and activities to help children build early literacy skills Read More
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Staff Picks

Christine M. Recommends

Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall
Tom Angleberger is the BEST!  This book had me laughing from the first to the last page.  It is written as a conversation between Rocket, Groot, and the sparkly purple tape dispenser they...
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Katie S. Recommends

The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings
This book is wonderful and hilarious - an imaginative take on what it means to be a librarian. I love the main character's determination and grit, his confidence and sense of self in the face of...
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