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

Learn & Play (Ages up to 6)

Saturday Apr 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm Downtown Lansing Bring your child for special early literacy content from Ingham Intermediate School District, designed with activities supporting the "Read by Grade Three" law. Read More

Reading to Dogs

Saturday Apr 20, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm Williamston Practice reading skills or relax and read with one of our specialty-trained dogs.
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Staff Picks

Katie S. Recommends

The Library Gingerbread Man
For lovers of gingerbread and libraries, this is a must read. This is a funny re-telling of a classic fairy-tale story.
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Tom S. Recommends

Viva, Rose!
Rose, daughter of a Russian-Jewish immigrant family, lives in Texas just north of the border.  She misses her adult brother Abraham who, according to last report, has gone to Mexico to join...
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