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It's never too soon to introduce your children to the wonderful world of books! You are your child's first teacher.

But sometimes it can be a little tricky.

Here are some resources to help you start your child's journey on the path of literacy.

This program is to encourage parents to develop reading habits before the bundle of joy arrives. Stork storytime puts a focus on the parents and teach them about the importance of early literacy skills, and empower them to feel confident as their child's first teacher. It's never too late to develop a love for books, and it's never too early, either.

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This program is to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers as well as encourage parent-child bonding. Reading to your child at a young age helps them develop language, literacy, and social skills.

It may seem intimidating, but we promise it's not as hard as it seems.

3 books a day for a year =  1,095 books

10 books a week for 2 years =  1,040 books

1 book a day for three years =  1,095 books

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Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Books are not the only way children learn. Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays also stimulate their mind. Moving their bodies and hands helps them strengthen their motor skills, focus the mind, and help them burn off some of their excess energy.

Can't find the right storytime song? Jbrary has you covered. They have many Youtube playlists that cover a range of topics such as Animals, Fingerplays and Tickles, Movement and Dancing storytime, and even Space storytime.

Need some storytime ideas? Jbrary has some ultimate booklists for you. They have booklists for newborns, toddlers, storytime using puppets and props, and popular books dating back to 2013.

Looking for more songs, rhymes? This list has thousands! Find a song about bears, a rhyme about gloves, or many songs with fun props. This site even offers plenty of songs and rhymes from different countries, in many different languages.

426 S. Michigan Ave.

Big Rapids, MI 49307

Phone (231) 796-5234

Fax (231) 796-1078

Library Hours
Monday            11 am - 6 pm
Tuesday            11 am - 6 pm
Wednesday      11 am - 6 pm
Thursday           11 am - 6 pm
Friday                11 am - 6 pm 
Saturday           10 am - 3 pm
Sunday              Closed
                 

Text 231-216-8942

to speak to a librarian. 

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