New Historical Fiction from Favorite Authors

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Cover image for Talking leaves Two acclaimed authors have new releases that will be a welcome addition to the historical fiction genre, both about Native Americans.  Louise ErCover image for Makoonsdrich 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.

Best Halloween Books

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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.

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Hope you enjoy reading these wonderful books with your children this fall season!






Mother Daughter Book Club to Meet

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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 Reading Aloud To Your Child Matters!

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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 that contains not only additional facts and statistics, but a wonderful book selections for every age at

Fall Programs, Coming Right Up!

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Storytime RegistrationWith 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!

Explore New “hoopla” App!

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The libhoopla black imagerary is excited to offer “hoopla,” a new digital app to its Brighton District Library card holders. Hoopla offers thousands of audiobooks, comics, eBooks, movies, music, and television shows that can be watched, listened to, and enjoyed at no charge.

Each patron can enjoy up to six downloads per calendar month. eBooks and audiobooks can be checked out for 3 weeks, music CDs for 1 week, and movies for 3 days. Materials are automatically returned to hoopla at the end of your checkout period.

Hoopla is great for people on the go! With six formats available to stream and/or download titles to all Android and iOS devices, hoopla can be used whenever and wherever your lifestyle takes you.

You can get started by creating an account at and/or downloading the free app through the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.  Once downloaded, begin browsing titles from major Hollywood studios and record companies that are available to borrow 24/7 through instant streaming.

What Have We Been Up To?

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After an exciting Summer Reading Program, the Youth Services Department is taking some time to revamp and plan for fall. Fall brings more story times and fun programming for you and your little ones! To prepare for our next season, we hit the road to Child Connect for Family Success for a day long course with Jo Ann Cook. We learned about child development and got to play with some neat stuff! Check out our photos below from our professional development day. We look forward to even more fun programs inspired by this adventure!


Skittles add a beautiful rainbow when you add water!


Reduce, reuse, recycle!


New garden ideas.


Mess free color mixing.

Treasure Baskets for Children ages 6-18 mos.

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What are the best totreasure basketsys for babies?  Do they need toys?  These are the questions that many parents ask themselves.

On August 25th from 6:30-8:00, Jo Ann Cook, from Child Connect will teach parents how to make a simple sensory basket that babies will enjoy playing with; a homemade toy.  At this program parents will learn how to change out their basket depending on the season, a theme or the child’s interest.  Parents will also learn what is safe to put in the basket and what is not.

Call the library at 229-6571 ext. 223 to register for this fun program.

What is a treasure basket?  Another good question!

A treasure basket is a small basket or shallow box filled with interesting items from around the home to provide your baby with lots of shapes, textures and sizes to explore.  Learn more about infant treasure baskets by checking out the following websites: and