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Ask your librarian how to get started in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program today!
 
Did you know...
  • Children who are read to at an early age are more successful in school.
  • Reading aloud to infants and children encourages social, emotional, and cognitive development.
  • The ability to learn language skills is greatest before the age of six.
  • Children who are read to have bigger vocabularies when they enter school.
  • If you read just one book a day with your child, you'll reach 1,000 books in less than three years.
Tips for reading to young children:
  • Have fun! Use different voices, motions, facial expressions, and props (toys, stuffed animals) to bring the story to life. 
  • Snuggle up! Hold your child in your lap or next to you. Include a favorite blanket, stuffed animal, or other comfort item.
  • Talk about it! Point out things in the pictures. Ask your toddler questions about the pictures and story. Share stories about yourself. 
  • Stay flexible! It's okay to skip pages, read back to front, just look at the pictures, or not finish a book. You can also read aloud while your child plays with other toys. 
  • Be prepared! Keep books close at hand - throughout your home, in the diaper bag, in the car - for sharing anytime. A few minutes throughout the day add up to a big benefit for your child. 
  • Repeat favorites! Children love to hear their favorite stories over and over again - and the repetition helps them gain important literacy skills. 
  • Record your success! Use a reading log from your library or the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten app. Enjoy a fun treat with your children when you reach milestones (100, 250, ...)
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SUMMER EVENTS IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S DEPARTMENT
 
Click here for a calendar of events for our summer reading program.

DROP-IN STORYTIME:Wednesdays, 10:30. Ages 1-5. Join us for a half hour of stories, songs, games, and parachute play. No registration is necessary for this free event. Storytimes begin Wednesday, June 7 and run through Wednesday, August 2nd. 
 
STORYTIME WITH FIREFIGHTER MIKE:
Wednesday, July 19th, 10:30. Ages 1-5. Join us for a special storytime with local firefighter, Mike Kessler. Enjoy stories and fire safety, followed by a short craft. No registration is necessary for this free event.

KALAMAZOO NATURE CENTER: Friday, July 21st, 11 am. Children of all ages will get to experience first hand how animals inspire builders everywhere.  You will even get to meet an animal architect in person!

JOEL TACEY, MICHIGAN’S FAMILY FUNNYMAN: Friday, August 4th, 10:30 am.  Joel’s Book Builder Magical Comedy Show.  Featuring goofy gadgets, dazzling magic, wacky stunts, and lots of audience participation.  Kids and grown-ups will be laughing out loud!

FRESH FOOD FAIRY: Wednesday, August 9th , 10:30 am. All ages.  Fresh Food Fairy shares fresh food fun with kids of all ages.  We can learn to love the bright colors, fun shapes, different textures and flavors - eat a rainbow of vegetables and fruits, and have fun doing it!  After playing with and sampling a variety of fresh vegetables, Fresh Food Fairy will invite everyone to ride her bike powered blender and enjoy smoothies and slushies made with local ingredients. Registration is required for this free event and begins on Monday, July 24th.

SUMMER READING PARTY: Wednesday, August 16th, 5:30-7:30pm. All ages. Rain or shine! Weather permitting, we will have the inflatable slide, bouncer, and obstacle course outside the library grounds. Inside the library you can trade in your reading tickets for ice cream, popcorn, crafts, games, and other small prizes. Extra tickets are available for purchase at 25 cents each.
 
 
1000 BOOKS BEFORE KINDERGARTENOn behalf of the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Foundation, Comstock Township Library is encouraging parents and caregivers to read 1000 books to their young children and earn prizes along the way. Any child can participate until s/he enters Kindergarten. Stop by the Young People's desk to register and pick up a tracking sheet.

LEGO® CLUBEvery month on the third Friday, 4-5:30, all ages. Use your imagination and build a LEGO® creation for us to display in the Young People’s Department! Children under the age of 5 should have an adult helper with them. Registration is required for this free event. LEGO® Club dates are as follows:
  • Friday, June 16th, 4-5:30 (registration begins Monday, June 5th)
  • Friday, July 21st, 4-5:30. (registration begins Monday, July 10th)
  • Friday, August 18th, 4-5:30. (registration begins Monday, August 7th)


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