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Your Favorite Activities

By Suzi West / For a special project we are working on, we recently asked our LGSC Facebook followers to share their favorite activity to do with their child(ren) 5 and under. We were blown away with the number of responses! We decided to take all those great ideas and put them in a list…

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Real-World Outdoor Treasure Hunt

By Cathy Chesher / “I found it!” I yell to my husband who is pawing through a nearby bush. I reach into the hollow log, mentally crossing my fingers that there are no spiders, or worse, inside. I pull out the Tupperware-like container; open it; take note of the trinkets inside; sign the log, then…

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Ideas for Sensory Bins

By Tricia Fowler / Children learn best and retain the most when they engage their senses of taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell. Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates your young child’s senses, and this type of play helps children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, and physically. One easy way to engage a child’s…

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Author and Illustrator Websites

By Cathy Chesher / As I was planning a recent storytime featuring Pete the Cat, I made a quick visit to the publisher’s website to get the download of the accompanying Pete the Cat song. This made me think of all of the other wonderful author, publisher and illustrator websites out there that enhance many…

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Playgroup is not just for kids!

By Michele Benjamin / We know the benefits that playgroups provide our children—peer socialization, new activities to learn and ideas to explore—but have you ever thought about what it can do for you? My family moved to Tecumseh in 2008 from Central Illinois, not knowing a soul in the area. Gulp. On top of that,…

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Let’s Get Moving

By Tricia Moyer-Fowler / In the winter especially it’s hard to think of things for children to do to burn off their energy and exercise. Here are some great ideas to get them moving! Visit a local playgroup! Check out Lenawee Child’s schedule on www.lisd.us/instructional-services/early-childhood-education/lenawees-child/ or www.lenaweegreatstart.org/local-resources/play-groups Have a snowball fight in the house using…

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Counting Sheep Brings New Meaning

By Suzanne Lopez / Counting sheep has been referenced in our popular culture in cartoons and other media as a mental exercise to lull oneself to sleep or an idiosyncratic term to indicate insomnia. Many times we laugh at the notion and dismiss its significance. However, counting sheep may bring new meaning and may even…

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Fizz! Boom! READ!

By Cathy Chesher / The Summer Reading Program has begun! Every year the Adrian Public Library as well as the other county public libraries offer summer reading programs for kids, teens and adults. This summer the library celebrates summer reading AND explores the wonderful world of science with the kids’ theme of “Fizz! Boom! READ!”…

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Children’s Book Week: May 12-18, 2014

By Cathy Chesher / In my job as a children’s librarian, every week is Children’s Book Week (CBW), but since 1919 the Children’s Book Council and “Every Child Ready to Read” have recognized one week of the year as the official “Children’s Book Week.” Children’s Book Week is a national celebration of children’s books and…

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Poetry Month – Part 1: Challenge

By Sheila Wathen / April is National Poetry Month, and I’d like to start a series that talks about poetry for kids. Why? Well, read on. When my daughter was in third grade, she was required to memorize and recite a poem. When she first came home with the assignment, I was worried that she…