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Children's Services

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Online Children's Services

Print out these bright and colorful activity-packed calendars for your family. Based on the Every Child Ready to Read® practices of reading, writing, singing, talking, playing, and counting, each month contains learning activities, book lists, nursery rhymes, and more.

Select a month below or get all 12 months in one PDF here:

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

The calendar was created by the Public Library Association. For more information on Early Childhood Literacy, visit www.everychildreadytoread.org

2022 Michigan Notable Books showing covers for books included on the list

Michigan Notable Books 2022

Every year a selection committee facilitated by the Library of Michigan comes together and pores over 100s of books that were published the previous year. Fiction, non-fiction, as well as children's and teen titles are all eligible for consideration as long as they meet the criteria: books must be w...

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Graphic illustration of two adults holding hands with a child, with the caption "Parents Have the Power!"

Build Babies' Brains with LENA Start!

You are your child's first teacher! Children's librarians use storytimes to give caregivers ideas of how to read, sing, and play with your child. You probably spend a lot of your day talking to your child, but did you know it's important to talk WITH them, too?  Even before your child i...

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Writer Resources for Nanowrimo

The Write Stuff

As November begins, so does the annual tradition of NaNoWriMo. If you have never heard of it, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. The organization behind it encourages writers to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The goal is to get pen to paper--even if the words aren’t perfect. If you a...

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Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Family Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Family, Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Storytime
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 16
Event Details:

Stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills and encourage everyone in the family to share their love of reading. Ages 6 & under + participating caregiver.

This session will be held live over Zoom. Zoom information will be emailed to you after registering. ...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Children" group.
This event is in the "Tweens" group.

Flower Painting

5:00pm - 5:30pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Children, Tweens
Program Type: Arts & Crafts
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 2
Event Details:
Unleash your inner artist as we learn how to paint a colorful dandelion puff. Children ages 5 -12 are invited to attend. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. All supplies will be provided to registered children. Please i...

Disclaimer(s)

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This could get messy! Please wear old clothes.

This event is in the "Children" group.

Pups & Pages

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Children
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 10
Event Details:
Children ages 4-12 read to a therapy dog or dog in training in a one-on-one Zoom session. You will be called to schedule your session the week of the program.   We request an adult supervise all children participating in the session...

Disclaimer(s)

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Family" group.
This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

Family Storytime

6:30pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Family, Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Storytime
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 22
Event Details:

Stories, music, movement and rhymes that develop early literacy skills and encourage everyone in the family to share their love of reading. Ages 6 & under + participating caregiver.

This session will be held live over Zoom. Zoom information will be emailed to you after registering. ...

Disclaimer(s)

This program is designed for children and accompanying adults. Please plan to attend and be engaged with your child for this program. Drop offs will not be permitted.

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

2-5 Year-Old Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Storytime
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 15
Event Details:

Preschoolers develop a love of reading through stories, rhymes, music, movement and more! Ages 2-5 years old. Participating caregiver required.

This session will be held live over Zoom. Zoom information will be emailed to you after registering. ...

Disclaimer(s)

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.

LENA Start Virtual Meetings

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers
Program Type: Educational
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 19
Event Details:
For parents and caregivers of children ages 0-36 months. This 10-week virtual program uses LENA technology to increase interactive talk, which leads to healthy brain development in children. Each participant will receive a bag of supplies, includi...

Disclaimer(s)

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This event is in the "Babies & Toddlers" group.
This event is in the "Children" group.

A is for Art: Mitten Garland

10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual
Registration
Library Branch: Virtual
Age Group: Babies & Toddlers, Children
Program Type: Arts & Crafts, STEAM
Registration Required
Seats Remaining: 7
Event Details:
Make a winter-themed garland using watercolors and white crayons. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. All supplies will be provided to registered children. Please indicate which branch you prefer to pick up your supplies f...

Disclaimer(s)

Registration is required.  Please register in person, by phone, or online.

This could get messy! Please wear old clothes.

New Kids' Books