Children's Programs


Programs for All Ages: 


1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN

1000 Books is a national program developed to encourage early literacy development by reading to young children. The program is simple. Pick up a reading log for the first 100 books at the Youth Services Desk or print online by clicking this link. Read 100 books together, then bring the completed log to the library to pick up your child’s recognition and the next reading log. The program lasts until you have read 1000 books with your child or they start kindergarten.1000 books may sound like a lot, but by reading just one book a night, you could read over 1000 books together in just three years.

FREE KINDLE eREADER LENDING!

The library has four Kindles available for check out for use by patrons ages 6 to 17.
Load a Kindle with up to four OverDrive titles and check them out for a period of three weeks. eReaders must be checked out on the parent's or legal guardian's library card. For more information about borrowing a Kindle, the policies, and FAQ, see the library website or contact the Youth Services staff at 989-837-3466.  

Click here for the KINDLE eREADER CHECKOUT USER AGREEMENT.
Click here for the Kindle eReader CHECKOUT INFORMATION, POLICIES, AND faqS.    

BABY TIME 
(Babies not yet walking) 
This fun program promotes beginning language and reading skills by introducing young infants to books, songs, bounces, and rhymes, with a social time afterword for babies to play and adults to visit.
Tuesdays at 1:00 PM
March 14, 21, 28

TODDLER TIME  (Walking babies to 24 months)
Our more active baby program includes books, rhymes, and songs, followed by a social time for toddlers to play and adults to visit. 
Tuesdays at 9:45 or 10:45 AM
March 14, 21, 28


LITTLE LISTENERS (Ages 2-3)
This program includes a book, flannel board story, songs and early literacy activities. Registration required. Register beginning March 13th for the 3-week sessions at 837-3466 or the Youth Services Desk.
Wednesdays 9:45 - 10:05 AM
March 15, 22, 29
OR
Thursdays 9:45 - 10:05 AM
March 16, 23, 30


FAMILY FUN NIGHTS (Families with young children ages 2 - 6)
  
 

Start the week off right with an evening of fun for your family!

 
Come enjoy great books, puppet shows, flannel board stories, songs, action rhymes, and a craft-to-go.
Mondays at 7:00 PM
March 13, 20, 27


MICHIGAN READS! Story Time (Families with children ages 2 - 7)
Author Lisa Wheeler will present a special story time with her award winning book Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum. Join us for this fun, interactive event that will include finger plays, songs, and a puppet. A book sale and signing will follow. 
Wednesday, March 29
2:00 PM


LEGO @ THE LIBRARY (Ages 4 and up)

Join other brick builders for a morning of fun and creativity! Use your imagination to build anything you'd like. The sky is the limit! Lego creations will be displayed at the Youth Services Desk.for the rest of the month. Program is for ages 4+ but there will be a Lego Duplo table for little ones to enjoy. All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 
Saturdays, 10:30 - NOON
February 4
March 4
April 1


PARACHUTE PLAY for Babies (Babies not yet walking)

A new playtime is coming to the library for April! Songs and activities using a colorful eye-catching parachute will thrill your little one. Register today to enjoy this engaging sensory experience.  Adults will be active participants in this program. 
Registration required. Register beginning March 13th at 837-3466 or at the Youth Services Desk.
Tuesday, April 18
1:00 PM

PARACHUTE PLAY for Toddlers (Walking babies to 24 months)
Toddlers will love this new playtime coming in April. The novelty of a colorful parachute will get even the most reluctant children involved! Register today to enjoy this engaging sensory experience.  Adults will be active participants in this program. 
Registration Required. Register beginning March 13th at 837-3466 or at the Youth Services Desk.
Tuesday, April 18
9:45, 10:15, 10:45, 11:15 AM

MICHIGAN READS! Bubbly Bubblegum Fun (Ages 2-3)
Enjoy the 2017 MICHIGAN READS winner, BUBBLE GUM BUBBLE GUM, by Lisa Wheeler, and have fun with a flannel board, bubble gum craft and parachute play. Registration Required. Register beginning March 13th at 837-3466 or at the Youth Services Desk.
Tuesday, April 18 
7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 19
9:45 AM or 10:45 AM

Thursday, April 20
9:45 AM or 10:45 AM

CANVAS AND CUPCAKES (Age 5 - 1st Grade)
Get artsy and try your hand at painting a masterpiece inspired by a famous artist. Enjoy fun art-related stories and activities, plus…a yummy cupcake! Registration is required. Register beginning March 13th at 837-3466 or at the Youth Services Desk.
Tuesday, April 25
4:15 - 5:00 PM
or
6:30 - 7:15 PM

BOOK TASTING (Grades 2 and 3) 
Looking for something to read? Come have a "taste" of the wide variety of chapter books designed for 2nd and 3rd graders. You'll mix reading and snacking with discussion and fun...and leave with a great list of books you'll look forward to reading!  
Registration is required. 

Register beginning March 13th at 837-3466 or at the Youth Services Desk.

Monday, April 24
4:15 - 5:00 PM
or
6:30 - 7:15 PM

KEVA PLANKS @ THE LIBRARY (Grades 4-6)
If you build it, they will come. Are you ready to unleash your inner architect, engineer, artist, and designer?  KEVA planks are here! KEVA planks are cuboid wooden block toys for children and adults.  Each maple block is sized approximately ¼ inch x ¾ inch x 4 1/2 inch.  Use your imagination and creativity to build structures, sculptures, buildings, or your own personal masterpiece.  No glue, no connectors, no screws, no snaps, no plastic, no screens, no batteries included.  Balance, gravity, structural integrity, symmetry, form and function, along with your imagination, are all you need to create your one-of-a kind structure. Registration is required.  

Register beginning March 13th at 837-3466 or at the Youth Services Desk.



Wednesday, April 12
6:00 - 8:00 PM

SPRING BREAK MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN! FREE!
Come to the library on your week off to see a movie on the big screen for free! All movies will be shown in the Auditorium at 2:00 PM.
All movies are rated PG and are intended for older elementary children.

Monday, April 3
Trolls  
92 min.

Tuesday, April 4
Kung Fu Panda 3
95 min.

Wednesday, April 5
The Secret Life of Pets  
87 min.

Thursday, April 6
Ice Age: Collision Course
94 min.

Friday, April 7
Storks  
87 min.

UNDERGROUND DISCO (Ages 6 months - 7 years; older siblings welcome)
Get your groove on at the library! Grab the kids and boogie on down to the Youth Services Department for an evening of dyn-o-mite dancing. Disco lights, group dances, limbo and contests all to some funky beats. Take a break from getting down and enjoy games as well as refreshments. Feel tha funk at the library!
Friday, April 21
6:00 - 8:00 PM

CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE - FREE 3-week Parenting Series 
Conscious Discipline offers a proven approach that empowers parents to respond with positive intent rather than react to everyday conflict. Conscious Discipline will improve both your life and the lives of your children by giving you the skills to help them make the best behavior choices. The program runs three weeks. A lite dinner is provided. Space is limited. 
Registration is required. Adults only, please. For more information, and to register, contact Linda Benson at 989-501-1270.

Mondays, March 6, 13, 20
6:00 - 7:45 PM