Getting Ready to Read

Helping your child get ready to read is easier than you think! Use this early literacy calendar and do one fun thing together each day. Read together every day, too!

Early Literacy Calendar

Babies and Books – Winter

Babies and Books – Winter

Join Ms. Lisa for Babies & Books! Our Winter Session begins on January 11, 2017  and will run through February 22.  We gather at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Program Room.  You and your baby will have fun and they gain early literacy skills as we read, sing, dance, and play. This program is geared for children birth – 18 months.  Registration is recommended, but not necessary.


Monday and Thursday mornings at 10:30am

Storytime runs until May 11, 2017

Singing, dancing, and stories for toddlers and preschoolers. This storytime includes early literacy activities and practices based on the read, talk, sing, play, and write model.



Open Play

Open Play is held every Thursday from 5:00-7:00pm and Friday from 2:00-4:00pm.

Stay and play in the children’s programming room. Like a play date without the clean up!

We will provide toys and activities for young kids to explore and play with.

kids programming room Petoskey District Library

“Staying on task. Focusing. Creating. Cooperating. Communicating. Free play fosters almost all the traits we’re dying for our kids to develop. And there’s even a perk: it’s fun!”

“Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides a free, hard-cover, age- appropriate book per month to children from birth to age 5. The program is free to all kids birth – age 5 who live in Charlevoix or Emmet Counties or who participate in a pre-school program but live in an adjacent county. The books are mailed each month directly to the child at his or her home. There is no income eligibility. The program is free to all children regardless of ability to pay.

You may enroll your child online here or get a brochure in the Children’s Room at the library.  Visit the Char-Em United Way web site for more details.