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Award Winners Announced!

The American Library Association announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia on January 28, 2014. Some of the winners that relate to early childhood are listed below and those marked withContinue Reading

Child Abuse Council’s Annual Spring Conference

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR The 2014 Child Abuse Council’s Annual Spring Conference!  This year’s topic is “Supporting Children, Building Community,” on Friday, April 25th, 8:15 am – 3:30 p.m. in Conference Room 3 in the Student Center/Cafeteria Building (Bldg 10) at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. Cost is $45 ($35 if you register byContinue Reading

Great Start

Great Start

The Petoskey District Library is a partner in the Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet and North Antrim Counties under the umbrella of the CharEm Intermediate School District. The members of your collaborative (meaning all of the agencies involved!) have agreed to adopt the Strengthening Families model as a framework for their activity.  You mayContinue Reading

Babies and Books

Babies and Books

The Petoskey District Library periodically offers a program especially for babies and Moms (or other caregivers!) during the year The program runs much like a play group and will introduce rhymes, songs and books to babies and caregivers. Materials and activities will be drawn from the Public Library Association’s “Every Child Ready To Read” andContinue Reading

Parent/Child “Lapsit” Programs

Parent/Child “Lapsit” Programs

Parent/Child Lap Sits will be offered every Monday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Program Room at the library beginning Monday, January 13 through Thursday May 22, 2014. The Parent/Child Lap Sits last about 30-45 minutes. Parent or Caregivers need to bring the child and sit together to enjoy developmentally appropriate stories, songsContinue Reading

Saturday’s Child Story Time

Saturday’s Child Story Time

Due to low attendance, we will not be offering this program in 2014.  The good news is that we are planning a series of early literacy activities that will be  “hands-on” and a “drop-in” when it is convenient” type of format.  We will offer activities that tie into the Every Child Ready to Read ProgramContinue Reading

Preschool Links

Internet Public Library – Fun Stuff for Preschoolers Zero to Three Organization’s Young Explorers Page PBS KIDS (Arthur, Barney, Between the Lions, Callilou, Clifford, Dragon Tales, Jay Jay, Mister Rogers, Sagwa, Teletubbies, Zoboomafoo and Zoom) PBS PARENTS Here you’ll find information about your child’s development from birth through the early school years. And you’ll find lots ofContinue Reading

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 areContinue Reading

Brain Development, You and Your Child

Advancements in technology over the past 20 years have allowed us to study the human brain and its development in ways we could only have imagined 30 years ago. One of the significant things that we have learned is how IMPORTANT the birth through five years are to learning of all kinds, but particularly thatContinue Reading

Early Childhood – Summer Reading

Early Childhood – Summer Reading

Area preschoolers and their parents will have the opportunity to participate in their own version of the 2013 Collaborative Summer Library Program.  The Sign-up Period is from Tuesday, May 26 to Saturday, June 10 in the Children’s Room of the library during regular library hours (You may sign up at any time during the program;Continue Reading

Read-To-Me Electronic Wall-of-Fame

Read-To-Me Electronic Wall-of-Fame

2013 – (in no particular order) Level 1: 20 Books Logyn Purvis, Cohnor Purvis, Charlotte Purvis, Wyatt Fineout, Sophia Drinkall, Dominic Olson, Charlie Olson, Autumn Hummel, Levi Hummel, Trevor Schultz , Maryclare Tillotson, Susanna Tillotson, John Tillotson, Liam Groover, Logan Zielinski, Brock Jeffers, Gavin Jeffers, Lexi Pulver, Jace Pulver, David Monsitor, Seneca Mattingly, Jonah Mattingly,Continue Reading