Early Literacy – Outreach Programs
The Grand Ledge Area District Library supports early childhood literacy. Early literacy does not mean requiring children to read at a young age, it means encouraging young children to develop vital literacy skills from their parents, caregivers, or other adults reading aloud to them and from just talking to them throughout the day, from singing, and from drawing or scribbling. It is about preparing to learn to read and write. The five best practices for early literacy are playing, reading, singing, talking, and writing.
The Grand Ledge Area District Library offers a variety of programs outside the library to support the development of early literacy skills. These include, but are not limited to:
Adventure Club Storytime at Neff Kindergarten
September – April (Once or twice monthly)
The Library brings age-appropriate storytimes to the Adventure Club after school care program at Neff Kindergarten. We select a variety of picture books and stories, songs, and activities connected in a theme such as manners, Christmas, or friendship. We also supply a coloring page for each child and a handout for parents and guardians about what was read and suggestions of other books their child might enjoy.
September – April
The Library’s Storytime-to-Go program provides storytimes to several local preschools and daycare facilities. Throughout the school year, we bring several pictures books and songs, fingerplays, or movement activities along with leaving a coloring sheet and a handout for parents and guardians about what books were read and suggestions of other similar books their child might enjoy. Each storytime typically has a theme, such as animals, construction, or autumn, and can be requested to tie into the preschool’s curriculum.
Special Event Storytime
Throughout the year, the Library brings storytimes to special events in the Grand Ledge area. In the fall, we come to the Color Cruise and read on the main stage. At Christmas time, the library participates in the Dine with Santa and Breakfast with Santa events by reading Christmas stories.