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Take a Day Trip!

Looking for some fun ways to spend a day? Well, why not spend it exploring our own great state of Michigan? Fun With The Family In Michigan: Hundreds of Ideas For Day Trips With The Kids offers up wonderful suggestions for day trips all over the state. Pick up a copy and see all that Michigan has to offer!

Mysteries for Beginning Readers

Are you looking for a good mystery book that's easy to read? You're in luck, the library has lots of them! Here's a list of some of the great mystery books we have available in the Readers section.

The case of the missing monkey by story by Cynthia Rylant; pictures by G. Brian Karas — this title is the first in a series about two sleuths in the big city.

Aunt Eater loves a mystery by Doug Cushman — Aunt Eater is an anteater who loves — you guessed it — mysteries!

Celebrate Amelia Earhart

Did you know that today is the 77th anniversary of pilot Amelia Earhart's historic crossing of the Atlantic Ocean? On May 20, 1932, she set off across the ocean, heading for Ireland. It was a 2,026 mile flight that took 15 hours and 18 minutes! That's a long flight! She was the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic. Remember Amelia and her bravery by reading this easy book just for beginning readers.
Photo courtesy of eLibrary

Boredom Busters For Summer

With summer fast approaching, you're probably trying to think of ways to keep busy during that long break from school. Of course, you should visit the library as often as possible (and read lots of books!), but on those non-library days, you'll need some other things to do. Try some of the ideas in this book: The Family Manager's Guide To Summer Survival. It has over 300 boredom-busting ideas to keep your summer fun and interesting!

The Bugs Are Back!

Now that spring is in full swing, you might be seeing lots more bugs crawling, buzzing, and flying all over the place! Learning about them doesn't have to be icky and gross...you can read books and find out all kinds of cool stuff without ever having to touch a bug! Here's one very simple book all about bugs that you can read on your own. Ask one of the librarians to show you more bug books next time you come to the library!

Go Fly A Kite!

Yikes! It sure has been a windy day today! You know, with winds like these, it's the perfect day to fly a kite. Have you ever flown a kite before? You need lots of wide open space so you don't get your kite stuck in a tree. Trust me, I know! Don't have a kite, but still want to read some stories about them? Try some of the books in our Readers section. How about The Berenstain Bears and the Big Red Kite? Or, find out what happens when Curious George Flies a Kite.

Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs...

Interested in communicating with your baby through sign language? The library has many DVDs in the Parenting section that can help. Give them a try, and soon you and your baby will be talking with your hands. Here are a few to get you started:

Baby Signs: Welcome to the Baby Signs Program
Baby Signs: My Pet Signs
My Baby Can Talk

Duck Readers

With so many ponds nearby, I've been noticing a lot of ducks waddling around outside the library. Ducks are such nice birds — sometimes I like to feed them bread! I like reading about ducks, too. What about you? The library has lots of great books in our Readers section all about ducks! Try:

Ducks in muck by Lori Haskins ; illustrated by Valeria Petrone

Lucky duck by written by Ellen Weiss ; illustrated by Brian Lies

Spring, where did you go?

I don't know about you, but with all the snow that fell today, it sure doesn't feel like spring to me.  Would you rather be thinking about warm weather and playing outside? If so, Sunny Days and Starry Nights will help. Flip through this book and find lots of ideas for fun stuff you can do outside. Plan some outdoor activites for yourself, and before you know it, it will actually be nice enough outside to do them!

Egg-ceptional fun!

Springtime is here! The time has come for rain, flowers, warm weather...and for many, it will also be time to color and decorate eggs. Some of our favorite characters like to do just that! In Eggs For Everyone, Dora the Explorer and her pal Boots spend time decorating eggs for their families and friends. This book just might inspire you to create your own eggs for somebody special!

The World of Biscuit

Are you a puppy lover? Then you will love Biscuit!  Biscuit is a little yellow pup who just loves to have fun.  Meet him in the first of many books in the Biscuit series for beginning readers.  He's also the star of several picture books and board books! Want to learn more about the world of Biscuit? Visit the website of the author behind the series, Alyssa Satin Capucilli. 

Getting To Know Margaret Hillert

Did you know that Margaret Hillert, the author of more than 80 books for beginning readers, is a Michigan native? It's true! Margaret Hillert was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1920, and today lives in southeast Michigan.

Rock and Learn!

Do you want to be a better writer? Want to polish those school assignments and make them sound great? Rock n' Learn: Writing Strategies can help! With this DVD, you will learn how to come up with good ideas, organize your ideas and sentences clearly, and more.  If you're ready for your writing to rock, check out this DVD today!

Sesame Beginnings

Do you like Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street? Now, you can meet them all over again - as babies! Sesame Beginnings: Beginning Together is the perfect DVD for parents and young children to enjoy together. Little ones will love seeing their favorite characters sing, dance, and play, while parents can learn how specific activities stimulate their child's curiosity and development. Check out a copy from the Parenting section in the Children's Department!

Begin With Fancy Nancy

The posh heroine of the Fancy Nancy picture books now has two books in beginning-reader format. In Fancy Nancy at the Museum, Nancy is thrilled to find out her class is taking a trip to the museum — but the bumpy bus ride there leaves Nancy feeling less than fancy! In Fancy Nancy and the Boy From Paris, Nancy finds out the new boy in school isn't quite as fancy as she'd hoped. If you like all things frilly and lacy, you'll definitely adore (that's a fancy word for love!) Fancy Nancy!