March is Reading Month

Graphic with colorful flowers and the words "Welcome Spring"

Welcome Spring & Celebrate Reading with these activities during the month of March!

Kids Birth – K | Early Literacy Activity Table: Try our monthly manipulative activity that supports Early Literacy! Easter Egg Match – Match the number on the bottom of the egg to the picture on the top. Fill the egg with that number of pom-poms!

Kids Birth – K | Guest Storytime Readers: We have special guests coming to the library for our Tuesday morning 11am Preschool Storytimes and visit the library on parade day March 16 for a Special Storytime to hear a flamazing story! See below for more info.

Kids All Ages | Scavenger Hunts: Hunt for objects around the library and earn a candy prize! See below for more info.

Adults| Guess this Book – Adults, can you “Guess this Book”? We’ve stuffed pages from a damaged book in a guessing jar. Guess the title and the author from just what you can see! Winner drawn on March 31!

Tiny Book Art Show – Stop by the library to see all the wonderful tiny pieces of art created by members of our community. Our theme is “Another World” – each piece depicts a literary place the artist would like to visit if it was real. Vote on your favorite for our “People’s Choice Award”!

Kids looking through a magnifying glass

Library Scavenger Hunts!

March is Scavenger Hunt Mania at the Library for March is Reading Month! Each week will feature a new scavenger hunt type activity taking place inside the library for a total of four different hunts. Kids, come anytime to do the week’s new hunt and the previous weeks hunts will also be available to do until the end of March.

Starting March 1
I Spy! – Our Bulletin Board will be turned into giant “I Spy” board! Kids get a paper list telling them what to find on the board. Turn in the paper at desk for candy prize!

Starting March 8
Explore GLADL – Kids get a paper list of important GLADL locations. Each location will have a letter, kids will then write the letters on their paper to make the punch line to a cheesy library joke. Turn in the paper with completed word to get candy prize!

Starting March 14
Popular Book Characters – Laminated pictures of popular children’s book characters are hidden throughout Children’s Department. Kids get a paper list of hidden characters, and will check them off as they find the characters. Turn in the paper for candy prize!

Starting March 21
Library Art – Kids get a paper list of certain things to look for library art, posters, and the Tiny Art Show. Kids check off items as they find them and then turn in paper for candy prize.

Special Guest Readers

March 5, Ben Hassenger – Ben Hassenger is well-known as Michigan’s Ukulele Ambassador, teaching ukulele in Michigan classrooms and communities through the Music is the Foundation non-profit. He is also the founder of the Mighty Uke Day festival and the Lansing Area Ukulele Group, and is involved in many other ukulele adventures. As a voracious reader in his younger days, Ben loves nothing more to read to, and sing with, his three grandchildren and is looking forward to sharing his joy of reading and music with you!

Ukulele with Ben Hassinger
Cindy Langenberg from Halloween 2022

March 12, Cindy Langenberg – Cindy Langenberg has been working with the Grand Ledge Area Historical Society since before the society was  formed in 1975. Her role then was record keeping with the local newspaper, the Grand Ledge Independent. She is now the secretary for the society as well as the society’s museum curator. She is also the president of the Grand Ledge Garden Club.

March 19, Grand Ledge Chief of Police Ron Erickson – Ron Erickson is originally from Lake Orion, Michigan. He attended Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement. Ron started his career as a patrol officer with the Adrian Police Department in Adrian, Michigan, where he worked for two years prior to laterally transferring to the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office-Illinois in January of 1995. He retired from the sheriff’s office in December of 2023 as the Operations Commander/Captain. Ron was hired as the Chief of Police with the City of Grand Ledge on January 3rd, 2024.

Grand Ledge Chief of Police - Ron Erickson
Linda Kuhlman in front of bookshelf

March 26, Linda Kuhlman – Linda graduated from MSU with a degree in Child Development & Teaching long ago and spent years teaching preschool & kindergarten. She graduated to work in a library in Lansing with all ages but her favorite activities were story times for babies and children. Linda has presented programs in many schools and libraries as The Storybook Quilt Lady.

Her hobby has always been quilting and she combined her love of children’s books and quilting to have a collection of books & quilts to go with them. Some have been autographed by the author!
Linda has been married to her husband John for many years, has one daughter, and three grandchildren.

Exciting March Events!  Women’s History — Literacy — Fun Events for Kids of All Ages!

Capitol Women: Librarians, Clerks, Janitresses, and Lawmakers: 1879-1940
Monday March 4 | 6pm – 7:30pm | Adult
In 1879, when the present Capitol opened, Harriet Tenney, Michigan’s first female state librarian, held control over almost an entire wing of the building. More women fulfilled vital roles in state government as they kept records, operated new technologies, and built a statewide lending library program. 1920 brought Michigan’s first female legislators to the Capitol, including Cora Reynolds Anderson, a Native American educator from L’Anse. Learn about these trailblazing women and many more, and the rules—written and unspoken—that both limited and inspired their successes with Capitol Historian & Curator, Valerie Marvin.

Green Eggs and Ham
Tuesday March 5 | 5:30pm – 6pm | Ages 4+
Kick off March is Reading Month! Do you like Green Eggs and Ham? Listen to the story of Green Eggs and Ham and try them, try them and you may! We’ll read the story and cook up some Green Eggs—with and without Ham to try. Kids learn which primary colors make Green as they watch the change take place!

Michigan Safe Boating Course & Certification [Registration Req.]
Saturday March 9 | 8am – 4:30pm | Ages 12+
Learn and earn your Safe Boating Certification in one day! To legally operate a boat in Michigan, state law requires anyone born AFTER 7/1/1996 to have their Safe Boating Certification. The Michigan Safe Boating Course is the definitive 8-hour course for acquiring the Michigan Safe Boating Certification. The State of Michigan charges $29.50 for the online course and test. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Lansing Flotilla will teach the entire course in person AND administer the test on the same day. There is no cost for the course, but a $20 donation per person is recommended. Checks made payable to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Lansing Flotilla. For ages 12+, under 16 accompanied by responsible adult.

Minecraft Mania!
Tuesday March 12 | 6pm – 8pm | Ages 8 – 12
We’ll have our Minecraft server set up and the laptops ready to go. No experience needed — all levels of players/builders welcome. Create your own story in the world of Minecraft!

Women’s “Writes” – Area Women Author’s Showcase
Thursday March 14 | 6pm – 8pm | Adult
Celebrate Women’s History Month & March is Reading Month with a showcase of wonderful women authors! This showcase features a fun group discussion of training, techniques, inspirations, and of course– their books! Meet an exciting group of area women authors to chat with, have books signed, find a new favorite author and more. Enjoy refreshments and some wonderful women authors from Michigan!

Rainbows & Gold – Pre Parade Party
Saturday March 16 | 12:30pm – 2pm | All Ages
Bring the whole family to the library before the parade and help us make a paper chain rainbow. Will our rainbow reach the pot of gold? We will have an Irish themed scavenger hunt with a prize. Enjoy a flamingo story, “Francisco Takes Flight” read by author Steve Boughton at a Special Storytime.  Attend and enter a drawing to win a copy of  his book!

Next Steps Ukulele Workshop [Registration Req.]
Thursday March 21 | 6pm – 7pm | Ages 8+
Next Step Ukulele lessons are monthly sessions designed to teach a variety of techniques that will expand your skills and make you a better player. Attendees must know a handful of chords; including C, F, G7, and Am chords; switch smoothly between them; and keep a steady tempo. Materials provided and loaner instruments are available. March 21: Strike a Chord. Taught by Michigan’s Ukulele Ambassador, Ben Hassenger, and sponsored by the Music is the Foundation non-profit. Registration required, class size limited for personalized instruction. “Looking forward to playing and singing with you soon– aloha!” Ben Hassenger.

Writing Prose Workshop: Conversations & Backstories [Registration Req.]
Saturday March 23 | 2pm – 4pm | Adult
Conversations and Backstories: How to write better conversations and interweave backstories into prose to enhance plot. Presenters: G. Scott Smith, Sarah Hauck Smith, Lori Hudson, Brigette Thornes, with Mary Fox as moderator. This workshop divides into two forty-five-minute sessions. The first looks at weaving conversation into a scene while keeping the action and plot moving. Avoiding common mistakes that make reading frustrating and the story boring will help writers edit writing effectively and create better wording. The second shows ways to use backstory to intensify dramatic tension and engage the reader by timing when to reveal backstory relevant to plot. Attendees may bring in their own prose pieces to work with or work with a sample piece developed in the workshop.

Journey into Manga – The Works of Tezuka Osamu
Monday March 25 | 1pm – 2pm | Ages 12+
Fans of Anime and Manga! Join us for this presentation by Professor David Humphrey, Director of the Japanese Studies Program at MSU on Tezuka Osamu, best known in the US as the creator of Astro Boy, is widely recognized in Japan as one of the original founders of modern manga. Prof. Humphrey will explore the aspects of Tezuka’s manga that made them so influential, from his fusing of a cinematic style with comics to his lasting impact on both girls and boys manga.

EggStrava-ganza! – Easter Egg Decorating
Monday March 25 | 6pm – 7pm | Ages 2+
Celebrate spring and decorate amazing Easter eggs with dye, paint, glitter, feathers and more! Decorate Easter Eggs to take home, enjoy a snack, and Easter story time for little ones too! NOTE: We provide dyes and trims while supplies last, patron brings 6 hard-boiled eggs per child. Best for ages 2+, with adult assistance.

Spring Break Movie Day at the Sun Theater
Thursday March 28 | 2pm – 4pm | All Ages
Sun Theater
Looking for something to do over spring break? How about a free movie at the Sun Theater! Admission is free, kid’s pop and popcorn is a $1 each, and we will be playing the Super Mario Bros. Movie!

Glow-in-the-Dark Egg Hunt
Thursday March 28 | 6pm – 8pm | Ages 2 – 10
Have some spring fun at our Glow-in-the-Dark Egg hunt. Bring the kids anytime between 6pm and 8pm to participate. Venture into the darkened Children’s Department to find three eggs per child, then trade the eggs in for an Easter treat.