Baby Storytime

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, fingerplays, and lots of fun! Our Baby Storytime sessions will be held in the Friends' Activity Room .

Registration required and begins August 26.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, September 13 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, September 20 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, September 27 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, October 4 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, October 11 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room
Tuesday, October 18 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Friends' Activity Room

Family Coloring Night

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Calling all families! You are invited to join us for a relaxing evening of coloring. Coloring pages for adults and kids, as well as pencils and crayons, will be provided. Simply bring your kids, your creativity, and have fun coloring together. 

[Photomarathon: Patterns by Maxime De Ruyck is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Fun With Chocolate

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Calling all chocolate lovers between the ages of 7 and 10! Join us as we share some fun facts about the world's favorite sweet, play a chocolate guessing game, and make your own delicious treat to take home.

Registration begins on June 24.

[Ganaché de chocolate by Luisa Contreras is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Baby Drive-In

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Children ages 2 and under and their caregivers are invited to join us for a special drive in movie... but first you'll have to make something you can drive. We'll spend the first part of our program turning the perfect child's plaything — a cardboard box — into a kiddie friendly vehicle. Then we'll all watch a short movie. And then you'll get to take your newly created cardboard car home!

Registration begins on May 24.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Designed for babies up to 18 months old with a caregiver, Baby Storytime features simple stories, songs, fingerplays, and lots of fun! Our Baby Storytime sessions will be held in the Friends' Activity Room (formerly known as the Purple Room).

Registration begins March 24

Session begins Tuesday, April 19 , 10:00 AM

Spring is just around the corner, so get yourself ready by checking out some of these great picture books all about the season!

And then it's spring by Julie Fogliano

Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

Bunny bunny catkin by Cathy MacLennan

Celebrates the joys of spring with illustrations, rhythmic text, and fun-to-imitate sounds.

Finding spring by Carin Berger

Too excited to hibernate through his first winter, a bear cub tries to find spring.

We love our family, friends, pets, and of course, books. The following titles are perfect for Valentine's Day, or anytime at all. Share them with someone you love!

Always by Emma Dodd

In rhyming text, a baby elephant is assured of being loved unconditionally.

Elmo and his Sesame Street friends learn about all the ways that Elmo's mother loves him.

I love you too by Ziggy Marley

Based on song lyrics by the author, illustrates many of the ways love is expressed by exploring children's relationships with parents, grandparents, and nature.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

When six friends decide to liven things up by forming 'The Adventure Club', they get into far more trouble than they can handle!

Having earned a scholarship to a private girls' high school, self-proclaimed psychic investigator Gilda Joyce investigates the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a student whose ghost supposedly haunts the campus.

When she is warned of ghosts inhabiting Shadow Island, twelve-year-old Amanda finds she is strangely drawn there and decides to explore it with her sister Sally and best friend Roxanne, but what they find surprises everyone.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday.

The Indian school by Gloria Whelan

In 1839, newly orphaned eleven-year-old Mary goes to live with her missionary aunt and uncle who run a school for Indian children in northern Michigan.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Dinosaurs destroy Detroit by Johnathan Rand

Nick and Summer travel through time and bring a dinosaur egg back to Detroit with them. Unfortunately, they are followed by angry dinosaurs who ransack the city in order to retrieve the egg.

The door in the wall by Marguerite De Angeli

When Robin falls ill and looses the use of his legs, he is taken in by a monk named Brother Luke and taken to a hospice where he is taught wood carving and patience.

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

In 1860, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.