- Play helps children think symbolically.
- By playing, children begin to explore and make sense of the world around them.
- Children learn to tell stories while they play.
- Reading aloud with an adult is the most important step in preparing a child to read.
- A child who enjoys being read to is more likely to want to learn to read by themselves.
- Reading encourages the development of a child’s vocabulary.
- By being read to, children learn how stories work and begin working on literacy comprehension skills.
- Singing encourages vocabulary growth.
- Singing slows down language which allows children to hear the different sounds in words and learn about syllables.
- Breaking words into smaller sounds, as is done in singing, will later help children when they try to sound out words into smaller parts while learning to read independently.
- Singing teaches children about rhythm and rhyme.
- Children learn language by hearing people talk. Young children need to hear their native language in order to learn speak it.
- Talking to and with your child about many different ideas, topics, and stories allows the child to learn new vocabulary and develop an understanding of the world around them.
- Drawing, scribbling, and pretend writing improves fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
- They learn that marks on a paper can represent something. The pictures, scribbles, and rudimentary writing a child makes means something to them.
The Grand Ledge Area District Library offers a variety of programs to support the development of early literacy skills. These include, but are not limited to:
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.
Fridays at 6:30 p.m. (various, check events calendar)
Young children (and caregivers) come to GLADL after closing for a special sleepy storytime! Children may wear pj’s, bring blankets and a toy. Doors open at 6 for families to check out materials, get library cards, etc. At 6:30 staff will read themed sleepy stories, lead quiet songs/rhymes, offer a snack and then home to bed at 7 p.m. Children may leave a toy for a “sleepover” with our GLADL toys. Photos of the toys around the library (looking at books, trying the computer, going to bed) are shared on GLADL Social Media. Toys are ready for pick up when the library opens @ 10am Saturday morning.
Saturdays at 11 a.m. (monthly, January – April, September – November)
Enjoy a special Saturday Storytime one Saturday a month! Meet at the main library for stories, songs and fun—perfect for working parents with young children!
Sing, Dance, and Move Storytime
Thursdays at 6 p.m. (Twice monthly, February – April)
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. Please phone the library at 517.627.7014 to sign up for a ten minute reading time.