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We Love Clifford!

Come and meet Clifford, the BIG RED DOG! This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Clifford Book. We will celebrate Clifford at our Big Red Program on June 27 from 7:00-7:45 PM. This program is for children ages 2-6. Supplies provided in the Clifford Celebration Program are limited to those children registered.

The K Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-k or in kindergarten are invited to this program designed especially for them. We will have stories, a snack and a craft designed around celebrating our great state of Michigan! Don't miss out on this great time at the library on Tuesday, May 21 4:00-4:45 PM.

Puppet Kits

Who doesn't love a puppet show? Puppets help us tell stories in fun, creative ways. Did you know that you can check out a book that comes with a puppet? We have puppet kits at the library that include a picture book with one or more puppets representing a main character from the story. Using the puppets is a great way to help make the story come alive for you! Enjoy it by yourself, or put on a puppet show for family or friends!

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytimes are designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit attentively and participate for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Purple Room starting on Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 31. Registration is online and begins Tuesday, March 26. There will be no storytime on Monday, May 27 as the library will be closed for Memorial Day.  We welcome you at one of the following sessions :
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM
  • Wednesdays 7:00-7:30 PM
  • Fridays 1:00-1:30 PM

Where are the Puppets?

Many of the puppets in the children's department have gone on vacation for a few days to be cleaned and sanitized. They will be back soon, and look forward to playing with their many fans.

Schneider Family Book Award

"Back to Front and Upside Down!" written and illustrated by Claire Alexander, is the winner of the Schneider Family Book Award 2013 for children ages 0-10. This award is for books that embody an artistic expression of the disabililty experience. A Dog called Homeless" written by Sarah Lean, is the winner of this award for middle school kids, ages 11-13. The teen award winner, for ages 13-18, is "Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am," by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis.

The K Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-k or in kindergarten are invited to this program designed especially for them. We will have special stories, a snack and a craft designed around a bear theme. Bring your favorite teddy bear and cuddle up for some fun on Tuesday, February 26, 4:00-4:45 PM. Registration begins January 25.

What to Say…

Hearts are heavy with the tragedy that took place in Newtown, CT. Parents may wonder how to share such information with children, if at all. For resources on this subject visit Helping your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting. Common Sense Media offers a website to help explain the newsmedia to kids. The late Fred Rogers also had great advice for parents in the midst of life's tragedies.

Sports Facts

Who has the record for the most home runs in a season? Who holds the record for the most 3-pointers in their basketball career? All this cool sports trivia can be found in the pages of our Sports Illustrated Records Books in the Children's Reference section, and the children's circulating collection. These are really fun books to browse through at the library. Football and Hockey Records are available as well.

The ultimate collection of pro hockey records by Shane Frederick ; [Anthony Wacholtz, editor]

The ultimate collection of pro basketball records by Tyler Omoth

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytimes are designed for children ages 3-5. Children must be able to sit attentively and participate for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, or must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Purple Room. Registration is required and begins Thursday, December 27. We welcome you at one of the following sessions January 14-February 22:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM
  • Wednesdays 7:00-7:30 PM
  • Fridays 1:00-1:30 PM

The K Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-K or in kindergarten are invited to this program designed especially for them. We will have special stories, a snack and a craft designed around a winter theme. Come join us for this fun time at the library on Saturday, January 12, 10:00-10:45 AM.

The "K" Club

Children ages 4-6 who are pre-K or in kindergarten are invited to this program designed especially for them. We will have great stories, a snack and a craft centered around a Christmas theme. Come join us for this fun time at the library on Tuesday, December 18, 4:00-4:45 pm.

Steven Kellogg

Favorite children's author Steven Kellogg celebrated his birthday on October 26. He has written many fun and silly books for kids. Check some of them out:

A-hunting we will go! by Steven Kellogg

Pecos Bill: a tall tale by retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg

The "K" Club

Children ages 4-6 who are Pre-K or in Kindergarten are invited to this fun program designed especially for them. We will have some special stories, as well as a snack and a craft with a fall theme. Don't miss this great opportunity to have fun at the library on Saturday, November 3, 10-10:45. Registration begins October 21st.

Junie B. Fans

Just in case you're a Junie B. Jones fan, you should be aware of her seasonal titles appropriate for the upcoming holidays as well.

Junie B., first grader: boo!— and I mean it! by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones, first grader: turkeys we have loved and eaten (and other thankful stuff) by Barbara Park

Junie B., first grader: jingle bells, Batman smells! (P.S. so does May.) by Barbara Park

Enjoy!