Early Literacy

The Grand Ledge Area District Library supports early childhood literacy. Early literacy does not mean requiring children to read at a young age, it means encouraging young children to develop vital literacy skills from their parents, caregivers, or other adults reading aloud to them. The five best practices for early literacy are playing, reading, singing, talking, and writing. Learn more about these 5 practices here.  Check out some favorites — new and old for our youngest readers and for when they are ready for chapter books.

We offer a variety of programs to support the development of early literacy skills. These include:

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays at 11 a.m. (weekly, mid-January – April, September – mid-December)

Preschool Storytime for 3-6 year olds with their young siblings, parents or caregivers. Literacy enhancing activities include: reading stories and talking about them; singing; learning rhymes and finger plays as we build fine and gross motor skills; learning the conventions and structure of language and having fun too! Special guests may include musicians, artists and community guest readers.

PJ Storytime/Sensory Friendly

1st & 3rd Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (October through April)

PJ Storytime returns on a new night and time! We’ll turn down some lights and keep our voices soft as young children and caregivers visit for quiet stories, gentle songs and rhymes and a snack. PJ’s and stuffed toys are welcome! Themed sleepy stories start at 6:30, with quiet songs/rhymes, and a snack!  (Dim lights and quiet voices make this storytime appropriate for children who prefer a sensory-friendly experience.)


Sing, Dance, and Move Storytime

2nd Saturday at 3:30 p.m

Children and their caregivers can sing, dance, and listen to stories at our evening storytime! We’ll read, dance, move and groove! Music and dance help build cognitive and gross motor skills for young children. Perfect for busy families with active kids.

Create, Play, and Learn Saturday Storytime
1st Saturdays of the month; Sept. 7th – Jan. 4 at 11am
Wacousta Community United Methodist Church

Create, play, and learn at a special Saturday storytime in Wacousta! Meet for stories, crafts, and fun – perfect for busy families with creative kids.


Eaton County’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The concept is simple; the rewards are priceless. Read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your child starts kindergarten. Families can keep track of books read with paper logs (available at the library) or the 1000 Books app. Each time you and your child reach a reading milestone (each 100 books) bring in your reading log to the library or any of the other participating locations and get a sticker and free book.

Paws for Reading

Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Twice monthly, mid-January – mid-June, September – December)

Dogs love a good story too! Practice reading aloud to a certified therapy dog, in a no-pressure environment. Sign up online for a ten minute reading time.