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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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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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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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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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Reading and your Toddler!

One of the great benefits of working in the library is the access to so many books. I have read to my daughter from the day I brought her home. For a long time, her favorite go-to “toy” was her bucket of books. She’d pull a book or two (or more) out, and we’d sit […]

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Book Help: Can’t get baby to sleep?

Are you awake because baby is too?  Pack up baby and come to the library to take out these books that will help you solve your baby’s sleep problems. Here are some books to read to your baby and toddler: Try these newer books for your 3 to 5 year old: I don’t want to […]

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Fun Songs to Sing

At night, after I’ve gotten all the children tucked into their beds, I love listening to their little voices as they sing themselves (and each other) to sleep. When they were babies, I would rock them and sing them to sleep, and now as they grow older we will sing in the car, or as […]

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Let’s Talk!

When a niece was just a wee baby, her mom (my sister) and she were grocery shopping. My sister talked to my niece about the food they were selecting and asked what other items they should choose. Now, as I mention, my niece was just an infant, and a stranger pointed this out to my […]

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