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Summer Reading Challenge… Halfway

Farewell to the first half of the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge! Yaaaaaaay!!!! We’ve had lots of fun reading and enjoying the Mad Scientist Workshops, Cirque Amongus and the Science of Dinosaurs with Paleo Joe. If you have not joined the Summer Reading Challenge, there is still time so stop by any Grand Rapids Public Library […]

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Community Resources for Children and their Parents

From this list you will see that there are many organizations working to help you and your family and our community’s children. General Information about Community Resources United Way 2-1-1 Information and referrals for all area resources, including support groups.  1-800-887-1107 or 211 or 459-2255. Helping Hand: Guiding Michigan Citizens to Assistance Resources.  Maintained by […]

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Play at the Main Library!

Do you want to be a firefighter?  A Princess?   Move our trains around the track?  Fix and build the track?  Cook dinner?  Put on your own puppet play?  And more? Let’s Play at the library! As part of our commitment to provide fun environments where you and your young child can read, play and learn, […]

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Summer Reading Challenge 2014

Babies, kids, teens – sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge! The more levels you complete the more prizes you earn! Plus, check out all our awesome events!

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Why should you participate in the Summer Reading Challenge?

It’s fun! You get to be a mad scientist! We challenge kids and teens to take the Summer Reading Challenge to unlock levels and reveal prizes! Parents and caregivers, there are studies that back up the importance of reading in the summer for your child’s brain development and success in school. The Summer Reading Challenge […]

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Let’s Write!

We all know how important it is to encourage our developing little ones to read, but remember that getting ready to write is equally important and will improve a child’s overall literacy. Any time a little one is grasping a writing utensil, they are getting ready to become a writer. Today’s scribbles are tomorrow’s epic […]

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Fun activities to build tiny muscles!

Did you know that a baby’s rattle is helping that baby develop early literacy skills? I’m sure many of you do know this. If this sounds amazing to you, though, here is why. We are all aware of the pincer grasp in babies, that first grasp of your finger that happens when you place your […]

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Book Help: Common Health Issues of Children and Families

Part of Early Literacy is being healthy enough to learn.   Books can give you hints on keeping your family and children well.  It’s reassuring to know if something isn’t serious and when to call the doctor or not.  To be in-the-know, check out these books: General Family Health Information:             […]

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Singing!

Singing helps your child get ready to read! How’s that you ask? Engaging your child in singing everyday is one of five early literacy practices that experts have identified will help your child get ready to read. Songs are a natural and fun way to learn about language.  Singing develops great listening skills and helps […]

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Let’s Play at Madison

We had our first Let’s Play Workshop at the Madison Square Branch on Thursday. Let’s Play is a five week workshop series for 0-5 year-olds and their parents. One of the goals of the workshop is to encourage social and verbal interactions among both parent and children. This was only the first day and parent […]

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