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Attention SCRABBLE® players! Here’s your chance to show off your SCRABBLE® prowess or play just for fun with other enthusiasts. Kalamazoo Literacy Council is hosting the 1st Annual SCRABBLE® Fest on Saturday, April 16, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Portage Northern High School. All levels of players are welcome but you must be at least 16 years of age. Register for either “Competitive” or “Just for Fun” games and play all afternoon for a fee of $25.
Join us for word-making fun and great prizes! All event proceeds will support adult literacy education in Kalamazoo County. Contact Andrea Enyedi, Ready to Read Program Coordinator for more information.
There are so many wonderfully fun stories about monsters that we had to have a singalong storytime all about them. We read Go Away Big Green Monster, Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly Pie, and considered the merits of The Monster at the End of this Book along with When a Monster is Born. Our very special guest was Mr. Steve who brought along Honey the Bear to sing along with Octy and all of us. Then we had a monster parade over to the craft tables and made big green monsters. Join us for our next Singalong Storytime on May 17 where we'll have more music games and singalong songs along with favorite stories, puppets, a special guest, and a craft.
Stories, songs, puppets, movement, musical instruments, a special guest, and a special craft - it's Singalong Storytime! I hope you'll join us as we celebrate almost spring time with fun stories and a special craft about monsters (the fun kind, not the scary kind). This month's special guest is... a surprise! You'll have to come to find out who it is. We'll ask our special guest to sing along with us and Octy the Octopus who, as you know, speaks with musical notes, not with words as you and I do.
Join us for a fun almost-springtime evening of fun at the library!
Evening baby storytime is every Tuesday at 6 pm in February. We'll share songs, practice finger rhymes, read stories, play with puppets, and simply share some nice moments with our little ones.
One of my favorite things about programs for babies and caregivers at the library is that babies have the opportunity to interact with one another in a safe environment. Hearing songs, stories and rhymes is nice, but it wouldn't be the same if the babies didn't have their community of fellows to enjoy it with. Little ones engage in parallel play, tentatively interact with one another, and, of course, enjoy the time with you - their caregiver.
Evening Baby Storytime is open to babies from birth to two years old and their caregivers. Older siblings are welcome to attend as guests. No registration is required which means you can simply come to the library and have fun. I hope you'll attend and have some special moments!
Evening Baby Storytime
It's so interesting to watch reading skills start to click for children. While the process of learning to read is different for everyone, you can often recognize those kids who have been read to a lot. It must be so much easier for them when they know that those little black blocks of sticks and squiggles correspond to the words they hear and say. And when they know about turning pages and going from left to right (for most of the books in this culture) and which way is up. All of these concepts about print are more easily learned when kids are read to early and often. Then, when the decoding part "starts to click" early readers have a more enjoyable time on top of that solid foundation. Building this foundation of concepts about print most often requires only a consistent and caring pleasurable effort- sharing books with your children every day. Singing easy songs - whatever you like. Saying those rhymes you remember or find some new ones. Your kids will love them. Choose books that you'll both enjoy. Visit your branch library for lots of great read aloud choices and you can watch it start to click from the very beginning.
Starting to Click
Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever may be the weirdest yet most beloved picture book about unconditional love ever. It’s the illustrations. What’s not so weird is when the mother says, “This kid is driving me cra-zy!” after the baby flushes her watch down the toilet. Because it’s true, parenting is often frustrating work. Add to that the other stresses of life and, well, if you’re a parent, you know what it’s like. Take a look at the Parenting Topic Guide for great resources on all things parenting. When your little one is driving you crazy or when you’re looking for great parenting books, websites, magazines, KPL databases, and community resources – you'll find them on KPL's Parenting Topic Guide.
Parenting Topic Guide
"Dad's Golden Hour", an article by Clint Kelly in a recent enough issue of Motheringmagazine, is all about dads reading to their kids - how much fun it is and how it creates time away from the stresses of everyday life while creating a lasting connection. The article offers tips to dads and moms for making reading aloud to your kids even more fun. One of my favorite suggestions from the article is to try reading with your kids in a different, special space - underneath the kitchen table or even up a tree. The author also suggests reading stories at dinnertime, a nice way to combine two family strengthening routines in one busy day. I also like Kelly's suggestion to give kids parts in the story, a great way to read with, not just read to your children. Finally, a suggestion to make up your own stories to tell your kids is a good one. Kids are fascinated by their parents' real life stories from when they were children.
Read to Me!