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October 20, 2014

Category: EventsParent Child LapSit Story Time

Robot and GirlParent/Child LapSits and last about 30-45 minutes.  Parent or Caregivers need to bring the child and sit together to enjoy developmentally appropriate stories, songs (accompanied by banjo and ukulele); finger plays, flannel board presentations and a weekly visit from Puff the Magic Dragon. These programs are targeted at children 18 months to three years old.  Information about parenting, literacy and other family related subjects will be shared periodically during the program.

Due to the developmental needs of this age group, it is preferred that siblings do not attend if at all possible. However, nobody will be turned away if bringing a sibling is the only way for a child to attend. Bringing toys is also discouraged.  This is a “drop-in” program and no sign-up is required.

Category: EventsMICHIGAN READS....Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band!

lm_2014_Michigan_Reads_Acoustic_Rooster_Jacket_cover_455960_7Area children may experience the 2014 Michigan Reads! book, “Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band” by Kwame Alexander, along with song, stories, finger plays and other developmentally appropriate activities for 3-5 (siblings & other interested children are still welcome) year-olds at three different story times in the Program Room at PDL.  This is a free “drop-in” program and no sign-up is necessary. The program will last 45-60 minutes and pajamas are welcome for the evening program.

This activity will take place on 3 different days & times in the Program Room:

  • Monday, October 20, 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 23, 2:00 p.m.

Category: EventsElementary Reader's Theatre

Elementary Reader’s Theatre (ERT) for grades 3-8 for the 2013/14 school year will meet from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Mondays, now through the end of May, in the Children’s Program Room.

Reader’s theater is a legitimate form of drama with actors using their voices and upper bodies to convey various roles in a script through reading to an audience. It differs from a play in that parts or roles are read rather than memorized. Actors usually stand behind lecterns or music stands and use techniques such as vocal and facial expressions as well as hand and arm movements. Small hand props may be used as well.  And, It’s FUN!

Periodic public performances are presented, participation in these is optional.

Category: EventsYoung Adult Reader's Theatre

Reader’s theater is a legitimate form of drama with actors using their voices and upper bodies to convey various roles in a script through reading to an audience. It differs from a play in that parts or roles are read rather than memorized. Actors usually stand behind lecterns or music stands and use techniques such as vocal and facial expressions as well as hand and arm movements. Small hand props may be used as well.

Reader’s Theater builds reading confidence (and it’s fun), helps readers learn to read with expression (plus, it’s fun) and it promotes reading fluency (besides, it’s fun). While telling a familiar story in a creative way, participation in a Reader’s Theater group improves a child’s reading skill and comprehension, and develops vocal and facial expression in order to effectively convey thoughts and emotions (did we mention that it is fun?).