Beyond Books & Discovery Depot

Research shows that birth through age five is the most important time for a child's brain development. These first five years are critical for building early literacy skills and encouraging positive attitudes towards reading and learning. Beyond Books and Discovery Depot are specially designed areas to help promote the pre-literacy skills babies, toddlers and preschoolers need. Developmentally appropriate activities in these areas focus on a variety of skills, from letter recognition that helps children get ready to read, to group play that helps to develop social skills. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to interact with their children as they learn through play.

Beyond Books: Early Literacy Activity Center

Available during regular Library hours:
Monday–Friday...........9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday....................10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday......................1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
       Closed Sundays: Memorial Day through Labor Day


May 15 - May 25
What's summer without all the fresh fruits and vegetables Michigan has to offer? This spring’s interactive Discovery Depot will let your little one experience a farmer’s market. Fill up baskets with play produce and checkout at the register. Join your child in some learning fun with early literacy activities and imaginative play.

The Discovery Depot is designed for children from birth to Kindergarten and their adult caregiver. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday–Friday.........9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday..................10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday.......................1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

What can I do?

Experts believe these five activities: talking, singing, playing, reading, and writing are the most effective activities your child needs to gain a head start in life.
Even before babies can say a single word, you can have a dialogue with them—just respond to babies’ sounds as if they had asked a question or made an observation about whatever you had said previously.
Music encourages the enjoyment of sound, stimulates spontaneous motor movement, and improves the ability to concentrate.
The exploration in play allows connections to form in children’s play, between what they are doing, what they think or feel about what they are doing, and what they are discovering as they do that particular activity.
Children begin developing pre-reading skills as soon as they chew on a board book and learn how the pages are turned. As they hear stories, they are learning vocabulary, sentence structure and comprehension.
By holding a crayon and scribbling, children learn hand-eye coordination and develop the fine motor skills they will need to hold a pencil and make letters.