Upcoming Early Literacy Programs

The Marshall District Library’s annual Summer Reading Club has officially come to a close and things around the library have been pretty quiet lately. That will all change when school starts September 2nd and our Early Literacy programing resumes the week of September 8th.

This is probably very welcome news for many of you. Better still is that all three of our regular storytimes will return with our favorite stories and songs and some new ones thrown in there too!

  • Baby Time (Birth-24 months): Mondays, 11:00-11:30 am
    • We read two stories (one is repeated throughout the entire session), sing three songs, recite several nursery rhymes, learn a sign (sign language) and interact with a play activity.
  • Toddler Time (Ages 2-3): Thursdays, 10:30-11:00 am
    • Toddler Time is the next step up and is full of energy! We read three stories (one is repeated throughout the entire session), sing four songs, recite several nursery rhymes and do finger pushups and a finger play (repeated throughout the entire session). Special toys are brought out for play afterwards.
  • Little Tykes Storytime (Ages 3-5): Tuesdays, 10:30-11:00 am
    • This is our last program that is designed with the 5 Early Literacy practices in mind and is the most active. During Little Tykes we read three books, sing two songs, do a finger play and end with a craft.

In addition to the above storytimes we are also starting two new Early Literacy programs!

  • Crazy 8s Playgroup (Ages 2-5): Wednesdays, 10:30-11:00 am
    • Every week we will build stuff, run and jump, make music, create a mess and let’s be honest, just have fun… All with different math activities!
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
    • Starting September 8th we encourage any child from birth until he or she enters Kindergarten to come down to the Library to sign up for this program. When you do, your child(ren) will receive a reading log, information on the program and a book. Then for every additional 100 books you read together you will receive another free book. If you complete all 1000 books before entering Kindergarten your child will receive a certificate of completion. It’s as simple as that! (For more information on the initiative itself, please visit their website.)

For the current schedule please contact the Youth Services Desk at 269-781-7821 x15 or visit our events calendar.

So, while you are enjoying the last weeks of summer, we are busy working to make sure all of our programs are ready for you and your children when you return! In the meantime if you have any questions please contact the Youth Services Desk (269-781-7821 x15) or stop by to see us.

Everyone here at the Marshall District Library hopes you have a wonderful rest of your summer and that we see all of you again soon!

Poseidon’s Adventures

Hi Everyone!

I know I say this every time, but I really am sorry it has been so long since I last wrote! You have to understand that I have just been so caught up in my travels that this is the first time I have even sat down at a computer in over two months! I know, I know… It’s not an excuse for not even checking in with everyone.

Last time I wrote I was in Sochi, Russia for the Olympics. Perce and I were thrilled to be a part of all the festivities and events and were so proud of the U.S. Ice Dancing Team for winning gold, and all of the other athletes as well! From there Perce and I decided to take an extended holiday before she went back home to Greece. We visited St. Petersburg for a few days and then boarded a cruise through the Baltics. Once we docked in Denmark we hit the ground running (literally in Spain when we attended the running of the bulls!). In Europe some of the things we saw were the Berlin Wall, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, the Colosseum and we even went skiing in the Swiss Alps. Now we are back in Greece, resting, with family. I’m not sure when I’ll be leaving, but next up is Egypt and sailing down the Nile!

I heard that the Summer Reading Club has gone very well this year and that you have all done some excellent reading. What I can’t believe is that tomorrow is already the Ice Cream Party! (Make sure you all have some for me!) With that, I hope you have a wonderful rest of your summer and a great beginning to the school year; and I promise I will try to be better about writing!


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