Kids

Welcome to Summer Reading!

 

 

 

Welcome to 2016’s Summer Reading Program at East Lansing Public Library! Our theme this year, On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! focuses on games, sports, and activities – a great opportunity to try out a new sport, get outside, play your favorite games, and of course, read! With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro coming up, this summer is the perfect opportunity to exercise our bodies and our minds.

Why should you take part in the summer reading program? Here are just a few reasons:

  • Summer reading is for everyone! Kids, teens, and adults can all sign up and win prizes every week. Even little ones from birth to age three can take part in our SRP Jr. program!
  • It helps fight the “summer slump,” the decline in reading skills that can occur while kids are out of school for the summer. Setting aside time to read on a regular basis during the summer helps your family stay on top of their reading skills so they can come back to school in the fall at the top of their game and ready to learn. Plus, it’s fun!
  • Weekly prizes! Each week you participate, you can earn a new reward.
  • A chance to get out in the community! We’re partnering with lots of local groups and organizations to offer fun, free weekly programs and activities all around East Lansing.

So what does our Summer Reading Program (SRP) involve?

Starting June 13th, you can sign up and win a cool new prize every week you complete our weekly challenge. Weekly challenges involve reading, answering trivia questions, attending library programs, and more.  You can complete challenges online at elpl.org/summer-reading, or get a paper form from the library.

We’ll also have a fun, free event each week centered on a different sport or game, as well as weekly storytimes and more. Make sure to pick up our summer newsletter to find out when and where they all take place, or visit our online calendar of events at elpl.org/content/events.

And don’t forget to join us at our Summer Reading kickoff party on Tuesday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. for games, crafts, team sports demonstrations, and more. Plus, bring a picnic dinner, or purchase one from the Grand Grillin’ food truck that will be on site. We can’t wait to see you there and get started on another great summer!

Find out everything you need to know about SRP here: elpl.org/summer-reading

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems

As a huge fan of the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems, I have to admit I was sad when the latest book came out, which is the last one for Gerald and Piggie.  It is called The Thank You Book and it does not disappoint!  These books teach great lessons and are just plain fun!  I

Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

I’m always intrigued when an author whose books I enjoy as an adult reader ventures into the world of children’s fiction.  I like the book Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos, so I was anxious to read her second foray into children’s literature, Connect the Stars, which she co-authored with her hu

Theodore Boone series by John Grisham

If your child is looking for a new series to read, I recommend giving one of John Grisham’s Theodore Boone novels a try.  They are fast paced and have interesting characters.  Each story is self-contained so you do not need to read them in order!

as brave as you by Jason Reynolds

When I read something by a “new to me” author that I really like, I want to read all of the books that they have written!  So this weekend after reading as brave as you by Jason Reynolds, I put myself on hold for his book All American Boys, and checked out

There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith

I picked this book up as I was going through my semi-regular scouring of the lists of potential 2017 Caldecott Award contenders (which is a great way to stumble across new and wonderful picture books). Out of the most recent stack I checked out, There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith was by far and away my absolute favorite. I expected to like it (I’ve been a fan of Lane Smith’s work since my own childhood when he teamed up with Jon Scieszka to illustrate several of his books, including The Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs), but even with that expectation, I was blown away by just how beautiful and touching this book turned out to be.

The premise of the book straightforward enough: we see an unnamed, leaf-clad child in nature as he encounters different groups of animals and learns the names for their various communities (a pod of whales, an unkindness of ravens, and so on). We watch him join in with these different communities and take part in their rituals and experiences before moving onto the next. What initially seems like it might be a disparate set of encounters turns out to be his journey as he eventually makes his way towards his own group, a – you guessed it – tribe of kids. And although it’s clear that his path is designed to take him towards this tribe where he belongs and recognizes himself in its others members, we still see him joyfully experiencing life among the other groups of animals as he makes his way there, even if they aren’t his own tribe.

The text is sparse while still being engaging, and the illustrations elevate this book to something really beautiful and immersive. They are rich, textured, and whimsical, with so many things to discover that you almost have to go back to certain pages. From his very first meeting with a colony of penguins, I was hooked on this gorgeous celebration of nature, communities, and the joy we can feel while immersed within both those things.

Find it here at ELPL.

Water Safety and Fun @ East Lansing Family Aquatic Center

Fri, 07/15/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
East Lansing Family Aquatic Center

This two hour program will include in pool practice time and out of pool activities. Geared toward children and parents, but open to all ages. Bob Pratt (retired EL Fire Marshal) will be representing the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance

Aquatic center passes are required for this program.  To receive free passes for the program date, register online and pick up your passes at the Circulation desk.  This event has a max registration limit of 100 attendees.

Also please note that the East Lansing Family Aquatic Center requires all youth 12 and under to be accompanied by an adult, 18 years or older.

 

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 

Animal Yoga with Preuss Pets

Fri, 07/08/2016 -
10:30am to 11:15am
All Saints Episcopal Church

Have fun practicing yoga with live animals including a snake, bearded dragon, hermit crab, Betta fish, sea star, bunny, and more! Kirbay Preuss will be providing yoga instruction along with an animal educator. Ages 5-10. Space is limited to 15 participants. Parents will be able to be in the room observing, too.  If the program fills up immediately we will consider adding another session immediately following. 

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 

Soccer Day with Lansing United

East Lansing Soccer Complex

Join ELPL and local soccer team Lansing United on Tuesday, June 28th for an afternoon of soccer! You're invited to join us for a practice session from 11:30 to noon, and instruction from Lansing United from noon to 12:30. Please note that this program will be held at:

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 

2016 Story Days for Stories in the Garden

Michigan 4-H Children's Garden

Summer is just around the corner.  At the Library we are looking forward to another season of Stories in the Garden.  Plan to attend one of the three Story Days at the Michigan 4-H Children's Garden planned for this summer:

  • Wednesday, June 22, 7-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 13, 10-11:30am
  • Wednesday, August 24, 7-8:30pm

 


Read & Play Storytime

Tue, 07/05/2016 -
10:30am to 11:00am
All Saints Episcopal Church

Join us this summer for our weekly Read & Play storytime! Designed for families with children under the age of 6, we'll build early literacy skills by sharing stories, songs, and rhymes, and have plenty of time for free sensory play and socialization.

Upcoming Read & Play Storytime sessions:

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 

Beginning Reader Kits

The transition to easy readers can often be difficult for young children who are reading their very first words.

Pages