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I’m ready for kindergarten!

By: Carrie Shrier,/ Take time this summer to prepare your child for kindergarten The first day of the school year for tens of thousands of Michigan children will arrive around Labor Day, and standing among them will be many children brand new to school. The incoming kindergarteners, with their brand new school clothes and shiny shoes,…

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New Picture Book by Local Author

By Cathy Chesher / I am very excited to announce that Lenawee County has a new published picture book author! On March 1, Rodeo Red, written by Tecumseh resident Maripat Perkins and illustrated by Caldecott Honor Medalist Molly Idle, debuted. Rodeo Red is a “rip roarin’ sibling rivalry” story for ages 4-8 published by Peachtree…

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Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band

By Cathy Chesher / Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band are coming to the Adrian Public Library! No, this isn’t the latest bluegrass band, but the title of the 2014 Michigan Reads! book written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Tim Bowers. The Adrian Public Library is pleased to announce that the illustrator will be…

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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 2: Skills

By Sheila Wathen / I am continuing with a series on Poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Why is poetry great for young kids? One reason is because it helps develop something called “phonological awareness.”  This is the ability to listen for and identify the differences between various sounds that make up our language.…

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MeL Wants to Help More Kids Learn to Read

By Cathy Chesher One of the best kept secrets in Michigan is the wealth of resources in the Michigan electronic Library or MeL. The Department of Education recently announced the addition of new resources designed to help make more children proficient readers by the time they are third-graders. I am particularly excited about the addition…

Thanks for the Books!

By Suzi West, LGS Parent Liaison The MOMS Club of Tecumseh is awesome. They recently purchased 100 new books and donated them to the Lenawee Great Start Free Book Basket program.  This program helps put books into the hands of kids who might not have a lots of books of their own. The Free Book…

Jen Hatmaker crawled in my head

This is a blog within a blog. Trust me. You will not be disappointed. The other day a friend on Facebook shared the following link: jenhatmaker.com/blog/2013/05/30/worst-end-of-school-year-mom-ever First, go read it. Seriously. I will wait. …Waiting. …Waiting. …It’s okay, I’m still waiting. Second, let’s discuss. I feel as though this woman was inside my brain and…