Overview

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

StoryWalks

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.

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These new titles bring a fresh viewpoint to both historic events and contemporary life.
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These titles from RBdigital speak volumes.
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Capital Area District Libraries is on a quest to get Ingham County reading this summer—especially kids. The Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading project for all ages that runs from May 22 to August 8.
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Each year CADL celebrates March is Reading Month by partnering with the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition, welcoming storybook characters at our branch libraries and area childhood centers.
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What makes beginners books so different? Our Youth Services Librarian is here to answer.

All Raising Reader Blog Posts

Storytimes & Playtimes

Dr. Seuss Storytime to Go Kits at CADL Downtown Lansing (Ages up to 6)

Monday Mar 1, 2021 12:00am - 12:00am Downtown Lansing Pick up a special Storytime to Go kit at CADL Downtown Lansing, celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Available all this week, while supplies last. Request a kit as an "add-on" at MyTime, or call 517-367-6350  to arrange pickup Read More

Dr. Seuss Storytime to Go Kits at CADL South Lansing (Ages up to 6)

Monday Mar 1, 2021 12:00am - 12:00am South Lansing Pick up a special Storytime to Go kit at CADL South Lansing, celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Available all this week, while supplies last. Request a kit as an "add-on" at MyTime, or call 517-272-9840 to arrange pickup Read More
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Staff Picks

Victoria F. Recommends

Kenzie Kickstarts a Team
I read this book with my younger sister, and we both enjoyed laughing our way through the misadventures of Kenzie and Shelly as they scramble to find enough players to start their own roller derby...
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DiAnne W. Recommends

Everything Sad Is Untrue (a True Story)
This is a long and sometimes difficult story to read; but so very important. The author shares his own story, of fleeing Iran for the United States as a young boy. It's a tough read, for adults as...
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