WHAT IS EARLY LITERACY?
Early Literacy is everything that children learn about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Reading aloud and bringing books into daily life is the key to encouraging and developing a young child’s ability to read. By reading, talking, singing, playing, and writing with your child – you give them the foundation for literacy and success! Literacy development begins at birth and is closely linked to a baby’s earliest experiences with books and stories. Babies learn language through social literacy experiences – parents interacting with them using books. These experiences also serve to associate books with parental affection, attention, and approval.
September 12 – November 14 (No meeting on October 3)
Tuesdays at 10 AM
Ages 0-24 Months
Sing, read, and play with your little ones and friends!
Music & Movement
September 13 – November 15 (No meeting on October 4)
Wednesdays at 10 AM
Movin’ and Groovin’ fun with songs, stories, interactive play, and sensory activities.
September 14 – November 16 (No meeting on October 5)
Thursdays at 10 AM
Stories, songs, and a craft all focusing on a new theme each week.
Pizza & Puzzle Palooza
Saturday, October 21 at 10 AM
Free fun for the whole family! Bring your family and join your friends to put puzzles together at the library! You can stay with your own family or join others to see how quickly or how many puzzles you can complete. After the puzzle palooza, enjoy pizza and pop provided by the library.
Tiny Art Sculptures
Create a tiny sculpture to display in the library. Use any medium – clay, LEGO, paper/cardboard, wood, glass, nature, etc. Sculptures must fit on the canvas board provided.
– Canvas board pick-up is September 1 – October 31.
– Completed sculptures must be returned between October 1 – 31.
– Library patrons will vote for their favorite sculptures in November.
– Sculptures need to be picked up by the end of December.
There will be SIX age groups (Preschool • Kindergarten – 2nd Grade • 3rd – 5th Grade • Middle School • High School • Adult) and two prize categories (Best In Show and Most Creative). Prizes will be awarded to winners in each age group/category.
The Otsego District Library is excited to offer 1000 Books Before Kindergarten to local preschool aged children along with ten other Allegan County Libraries! The Allegan County Library Association has partnered with the Allegan County United Way and Volunteer Center, who has given a $7000 grant to fund supplies for the children of Allegan County for five years!
Sign up at the library for our easy, fun, FREE, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers! Any child that has not started kindergarten is eligible to participate. Anyone in Allegan County can sign up at their home library for this program. Click HERE to register your child today!
Rise & Shine Early Literacy Center
The library strives to enrich young minds by encouraging early literacy. In doing this we have created an amazing and FREE literacy center with changing themes. The facility is available for access any time during library hours; direct parental supervision is required. The outdoor play area is available Memorial Day through Labor Day during library hours. Stop by the library to learn and play with your preschool aged child today.
MeL eResources for Readers and Pre-Readers
Are you looking for help with school work or finding a new book to read? Find it HERE! The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) has fast, reliable online resources for homework and classroom activities.
Did you know that you can use ABC Mouse at the library for FREE! If your child is using one of the library computers or your own device on the library’s Wi-Fi then you can use ABC Mouse for FREE when you visit.
Click HERE to get started today!
Still looking for fun games and activities that are age appropriate for your child? Your children can learn something new today in a safe online environment. Follow THIS LINK to find twenty free educational websites for kids are fun while offering online teaching games, printables, videos, and so much more.