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. The five best practices for early literacy are playing, reading, singing, talking, and writing. Learn more about these 5 practices here.
We offer a variety of programs to support the development of early literacy skills. These include:
Tuesdays at 11 a.m. (weekly, mid-January – April, September – mid-December)
Preschool Storytime for 3-6 year olds with their young siblings, parents or caregivers. Literacy enhancing activities include: reading stories and talking about them; singing; learning rhymes and finger plays as we build fine and gross motor skills; learning the conventions and structure of language and having fun too! Special guests may include musicians, artists and community guest readers.
PJ Storytime/Sensory Friendly
1st & 3rd Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (October through April), check events calendar)
PJ Storytime returns on a new night and time! We’ll turn down some lights and keep our voices soft as young children and caregivers visit for quiet stories, gentle songs and rhymes and a snack. PJ’s and stuffed toys are welcome! Themed sleepy stories start at 6:30, with quiet songs/rhymes, and a snack! (Dim lights and quiet voices make this storytime appropriate for children who prefer a sensory-friendly experience.)
Sing, Dance, and Move Storytime
2nd Saturday at 3:30 p.m (check events calendar)
Children and their caregivers can sing, dance, and listen to stories at our evening storytime! We’ll read, dance, move and groove! Music and dance help build cognitive and gross motor skills for young children. Perfect for busy families with active kids.
Tuesdays at 11 a.m. (weekly, mid-June – early August)
Meet at GLADL Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and follow the little red wagon to the Trinity Episcopal Church playground for a family storytime filled with stories, songs, activities and a snack! An outdoor summer story-time for children (and their caregivers) with themed activities: music, bubbles, water play—and time for play with your Storytime friends too! Open to children of all ages. Families may bring chairs, a picnic blanket and a lunch. Rain location: 1931 Room – Stories to be told rain or shine!
The concept is simple; the rewards are priceless. Read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your child starts kindergarten. Families can keep track of books read with paper logs (available at the library) or the 1000 Books app. Each time you and your child reach a reading milestone (each 100 books) bring in your reading log to the library or any of the other participating locations and get a sticker and free book.
Summer Reading Program
June – July
The yearly Summer Reading Program is a way to keep your kids reading or being read to throughout the summer. Each year has a different theme and features events and prizes based on that theme. Kids can keep track of their reading in special logs (received after registering) and then turn those logs in for prizes as they are completed. The library also hosts special events and guest performers during SRP.
Paws for Reading
Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Twice monthly, mid-January – mid-June, September – December)
Dogs love a good story too! Practice reading aloud to a certified therapy dog, in a no-pressure environment. Sign up online for a ten minute reading time.