Are you looking forward to the holidays? Come join us for some very special youth programs this December!
Story Time with Mr. & Mrs. Claus: Friday, December 2nd, 10:15-11:00am
National Cookie Day: Saturday, December 4th, 2:00-4:00pm
Holiday Open House: Saturday, December 10th, 11:00am-3:00pm
Holiday Crafting: Monday, December 12th, 6:00-7:00pm
Don’t forget to stop by between December 11th and 23rd to write a letter to Santa! A mail box from the North Pole Postal Service will be available in the Youth Department for a Christmas Eve delivery!
It was a fun time at the fire station last Monday night! Each year on the 31st, the Brighton Fire Department opens their doors for an amazing safe alternative to trick or treating.
The party included pizza, donuts, lemonade, apple cider, games, prizes, face painting, balloon art, a beautiful scene for photos ops and of course, lots of candy!
There were also costume contests throughout the night for the Scariest, Funniest, Prettiest, Most Original, and Best Over-all.
And…Story Time by the Brighton District Library!!! Mary and I had so much fun singing and dancing with the little monsters, fairies, firemen, ghostbusters, policeman…list goes on and on…..
We read and acted out stories and rhymes, sang and danced to songs, and flew spiders through the air with a parachute! We crafted our own spider web with a big orange spider and handed out tootsie roll pop spiders to make at home.
Please consider this outstanding alternative for Halloween night fun next year and come celebrate with us!!!
Two acclaimed authors have new releases that will be a welcome addition to the historical fiction genre, both about Native Americans. Louise Erdrich continues her Birchbark House Series with book five, Makoons, about twin brothers living with their Ojibwe family on the Great Plains of Dakota Territory in 1866 who must learn to become buffalo hunters. And Joseph Bruchac tells the story of Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee alphabet through the eyes of Sequoyah’s 13-year-old son. Pick up either of these reads to take a fascinating trip into the American past.
Halloween is just around the corner and soon your little ones will want to read about pumpkins, ghosts and costume parties. Here is a list of some of my favorite Halloween books to read aloud to kids.
Hope you enjoy reading these wonderful books with your children this fall season!
Fall is right around the corner and so is the Mother-Daughter Book Club! Sign-up begins Tuesday, October 11. Intended for girls ages 9-12 with an adult female, the group will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, October 25. The group meets monthly October through May from 6:30-7:30 pm. Participants bring their dinner and enjoy activities and lively discussion of the selected book. All titles are voted on by the group and vary from mystery and historical fiction to humor and adventure. There is certainly something for everyone.
Why did we start the Mother-Daughter Book Club 10 years ago? Sharing a book with others brings many new dimensions to reading. Seeing what others found interesting, getting different perspectives on an author’s work, or having someone point out a passage or meaning that we had overlooked, all enrich our reading experience. Lastly, it is really quite simple, it is fun and a place to meet new friends!
For more information and to register beginning October 11 call 810-229-6571, ext. 223, or visit the Youth Services Desk.
Why Read Aloud?
- Easy way to improve your child’s chances at school
- It will entertain and delight them
- It will strengthen the bonds between you
- It is virtually FREE
Reading aloud is the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading, according to the landmark 1985 report “Becoming a Nation of Readers.”
Developing that passion for reading is crucial, according to Jim Trelease, author of the best-seller, “The Read-Aloud Handbook.” “Every time we read to a child, we’re sending a ‘pleasure’ message to the child’s brain, conditioning the child to associate books and print with pleasure.”
This positive outlook about reading is critical when competition for a child’s attention is so fierce. Between television, movies, the Internet, video games and myriad after-school activities, the pleasures of sitting down with a book are often overlooked. In addition, negative experiences with reading – whether frustrations in learning to read or tedious “skill and drill” school assignments – can further turn children off from reading.
The good news for families is that this small piece of parenting wisdom is easy to follow. Reading aloud to your child requires only a book – free, with a library card – and your willingness to spend a little quality time with your child. And while the sacrifices to read aloud are few, the benefits are many: Your child may learn to read better, think better, imagine more richly, and become a passionate and lifelong reader. More than these long-term benefits, however, are some more immediate: The pleasures of spending time with your child and sharing the enjoyment of a good book.
Explore more on the Read Aloud website www.readaloud.org that contains not only additional facts and statistics, but a wonderful book selections for every age at http://www.readaloud.org/bookselections.html
With the rush to go back to school, don’t forget that story times and special programs are starting up again here at the library! Check out our Events Calendar or stop in at the library to pick up our new fall brochure. Register in person or over the phone — call us at 810-229-6571. See you soon!