Children's Programs

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD Sign-up MONTH
​Kids signing up for their first library card will receive a new, limited-edition, Snoopy-themed card.
​Available while supplies last.

Programs for All Ages: 

1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTEN

1000 Books is a national program developed to encourage early literacy development by reading to young children. The program is simple. Pick up a reading log for the first 100 books at the Youth Services Desk or print online by clicking this link. Read 100 books together, then bring the completed log to the library to pick up your child’s recognition and the next reading log. The program lasts until you have read 1000 books with your child or they start kindergarten.1000 books may sound like a lot, but by reading just one book a night, you could read over 1000 books together in just three years.

FREE KINDLE eREADER LENDING!

The library has four Kindles available for check out for use by patrons ages 6 to 17.
Load a Kindle with up to four OverDrive titles and check them out for a period of three weeks. eReaders must be checked out on the parent's or legal guardian's library card. For more information about borrowing a Kindle, the policies, and FAQ, see the library website or contact the Youth Services staff at 989-837-3466.  
Click here for the KINDLE eREADER CHECKOUT USER AGREEMENT.
Click here for the Kindle eReader CHECKOUT INFORMATION, POLICIES, AND faqS.   
 
BABY TIME  (Babies not yet walking)
Baby Time
 introduces young infants to books, songs, bounces, and rhymes, with a social time afterword for babies to play and adults to visit. 
Tuesdays at 1:00 PM
September 6, 13, 20
October 4, 11, 18
November 8, 15

TODDLER TIME  (Walking babies to 24 months)
Our more active baby program includes books, rhymes, and songs, followed by a social time for toddlers to play and adults to visit. 
Tuesdays at 9:45 or 10:45 AM
September 6, 13, 20
October 4, 11, 18
November 8, 15

LITTLE LISTENERS  (Ages 2-3)
Registration Required. Register by calling 989-837-3466 or at the Youth Services Desk

Join us for a NEW program combining a traditional storytime with early literacy skills.  Little Listeners for 2- and 3-year-olds includes a book, a flannel board story, songs and early literacy activities.  These small group sessions will last for 3-weeks with some repetition and some building on the skills from the previous week. 
Each month requires a separate registration for the 3-week session.

September: At the Zoo
Wednesdays 9:45-10:05 AM
September 7, 14, 21
Thursdays 9:45-10:05 AM
September 8, 15, 22

October: Under the Sea
Wednesdays 9:45 – 10:05 AM
October 5, 12, 19
Thursdays 9:45 – 10:05 AM
October 6, 13, 20

MOVE & GROOVE (Ages 2 - 6; all ages welcome)
Move and Groove is back and better than ever, with some new songs, old favorites and a twist of early literacy skills
Wednesdays at 10:30 AM
September 7, 14, 21
October 5, 12, 19
November 9, 16

Thursdays at 10:30 AM

September 8, 15, 22
October 6, 13, 20
November 10, 17

FAMILY FUN NIGHTS (Ages 2 - 6)
  
 

Start the week off right with an evening of fun entertainment for your family.  Come enjoy great books, puppets shows, flannel board stories, songs, action rhymes, and a craft-to-go.


Mondays at 7:00 PM
September 19: Silly Squirrels
October 3: Owls...What a Hoot!
October 10: Perky Pumpkins
October 17: Celebrating Families:  The Library joins with Shelterhouse of Midland County to bring you this special story time, celebrating the important  qualities of families. Treats will be served at the conclusion of the October 17 story time.

MORE FAMILY FUN:

LEGO @ THE LIBRARY (Ages 4 and up)

Join other brick builders for a morning of fun and creativity! Use your imagination to build anything you'd like. The sky is the limit! Lego creations will be displayed at the Youth Services Desk.for the rest of the month. Program is for ages 4+ but there will be a Lego Duplo table for little ones to enjoy. All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 
Saturdays, 10:30 - NOON
October 1
November 5
December 3

HAPPY HALLOWEEN PARTY
Monday, October 31
9:30 AM- 3:00 PM

Join us for our annual Happy Halloween Party!  You and your little one can come in costume to dance along at one of our Halloween-themed Move & Groove sessions and then join the Halloween parade.  There will be snacks, coloring and trick-or-treat stations too!

TRICK OR TREAT STATIONS
Throughout the libary

SNACK
In the Community Room

Move & Groove
In the Story Room
9:45 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:15 AM and 1:30 PM

HALLOWEEN PARADES
In Youth Services
10:05-10:25 AM, 10:50-11:10 AM, 11:35 – 11:55 AM and 1:50-2:10 PM:

Filmed by MCTV and shown on channel MGTV 188 or UVerse channel 99.

CRAFTY READERS (K-3rd) Full STEAM Ahead
Tuesday, October 18, 4:15 & 6:30 PM
Sign up begins October 1
Community Room

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS, MATH…
Crafty Readers is jumping on the STEAM wagon this year!
October’s focus is A for Arts so join us for shivery stories and spooky art.


CHAT & CHEW (Grades 4 & 5)
Wednesday, September 28   

4:15- 5:30 PM
4th & 5th GRADERS! WE WANT YOU FOR CHAT & CHEW BOOK CLUB!
Registration Required.  Sign up at the Youth Services Desk or call 837-3466.

Do you like to read? Do you like to eat snacks?  Do you like to chat and have fun? If so, join us after school to chat about books and chew on some awesome snacks (and ideas).  Have you ever imagined what it would be like to live in the largest family home in the United States?  A home with more than 250 rooms and 175,000 square feet!  Read Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty and explore the Biltmore Estate with Serafina and Braeden, the young nephew of the Vanderbilt’s.  Filled with history, mystery, and magic this book will transport you to a time and place too unbelievable to be real.  Once there, you must figure out what truly is real. . . Copies of the book will be available at the Youth Services Desk. 

Click here to view the Serafina and the Black Cloak book trailer.