Nerdy Birdy

Youth Services Blog

Another great book has hit the Brighton District Library shelves!

We love when we get new picture books here at BDL, we’re like kids in a candy store! The Youth staff all peruse and paw through the collection, sharing our favorites with each other.

I have found a new favorite… Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds, Pictures by Matt Davies.

Nerdy Birdy likes reading, and video games, and reading about video games. He is a “Nerdy” birdy. Then there are the “COOL” Birdies who like showing off, hunting and eating worms, but they don’t like nerdy birdies. Dejected Nerdy Birdy discovers there are more birds like him and everything is going well until a new bird moves in. She looks lonely, but is not like Nerdy Birdy at all. What should Nerdy Birdy do?

This is an endearing book that is funny, but also teaches children to see the value in being inclusive in their selection of friends.

— Miss Jane


Let the Games Begin!

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 Let the Games Begin with Obstacle Olympics!

To celebrate this year’s Summer Olympics, amid the heat of the summer sun, 18 brave athletes challenged themselves to mental and physical sports obstacles. Each endured 12 feats on the obstacle course, tested their ability at basketball, soccer, archery, golf, javelin and football throws, kid-style skee ball and target shooting through the 5 Olympic rings. Mental challenges included mazes, analogies,  rebus and matchstick puzzles and a brain bender.

Every athlete proved themselves worthy to receive their “gold medal” and many confectionary treats! A truly Olympic event!




Summer Book Clubs

Cover image for Snappsy the alligator :On Thursday, July 7th, the Brighton District Library Summer Book Club chose a “mock” Caldecott winner: Snappsy the Alligator: Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!, written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller.  Six judges between the ages of 8-12 reviewed 15 picture books and deliberated for about an hour before voting.  The Night Gardener, written by Terry Fan and illustrated by Eric Fan, was declared an Honor Book.  The “real” Caldecott winner will be announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in January 2017.  The Summer Book Club will meet next month on Thursday, August 11 to discuss Linda Sue Park’s book The Kite Fighters and to learn about this fascinating Korean custom.  If you’d like to join us, you may register beginning July 28.

New Certified Monarch Waystation at the Library

ROYALTY FREE Shutterstock Stock Photo: Monarch Butterfly on a Mexican Sunflower Image ID: 57609622   Release  information: N/A   Copyright: James Laurie   Keywords: appealing, attractive, beautiful, beauty,black, bottom, butterfly, calm, color,colorful, elegant, feeding, floral, flower,garden, giant, good, gorgeous, insect,looking, lovely, magnificent, mexican,migratory, monarch, natural, nature, nice,orange, pattern, petals, pretty, queen,serenity, silence, spring, striking,stunning, summer, sunflower, sweet,tranquility, underside, wing, yelMonarch Butterflies will have a safe new habitat to visit this summer and fall when migrating through the U.S. to their final wintering destinations in the mountain forests of Mexico and select spots in California, thanks to a generous donation from the Shirley Shill family.

Shirley’s Monarch Shelter, located in Millie’s Garden at the library, was named after Shirley Shill, a Brighton classroom teacher and founder of School Bell, the first preschool in Brighton. Bev Barton, niece of Shirley said, “Her family, friends, children, and reading were her passions in life and the butterfly symbolized freedom and rebirth for Aunt Shirley.” The family honored her memory by sponsoring the certification for the Monarch Waystation, offering children’s programming in the garden, and by purchasing a sculpted butterfly shaped chair. The chair will be nestled among the flowers that attract the brightly colored Monarch for individuals to sit and watch.

Brighton District Library staff member and Advanced Master Gardener Jane Reed headed up the certification project for the Monarch Waystation. “It’s exciting to be able to gain certification at a time when Monarch Butterfly numbers are dropping at an alarming rate. This new waystation will help sustain the Monarch, thus providing a better chance for survival,” said Reed.

To gain certification Reed had to put into place several factors. These included growing milkweed plants, the host plant and the only plant that Monarch caterpillars feed on; adding necessary annual and perennial nectar plants (marigold, zinnia, bee balm, boneset, b017utterfly bush, catmint, phlox, and Joe-Pye) for the migrating butterflies; incorporating an area of at least 100 square feet with six or more hours of sunlight per day; providing shelter from predators; having proper drainage and soil type; and creating a pesticide-free site.

Right: Families release milkweed seeds in Millie’s Garden at at recent program at the library.




Geocaching- The Global Treasure Hunt

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Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

The only necessities are a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone/tablet so you can navigate to find the cache.

The program will show you how to:

  • Load the correct app
  • Find caches in your area
  • Create your own caches
  • Go hunting for the library’s hidden caches!

Ten caches will be hidden to find on library property or within a very short walk.

Register at the Adult Desk Now!

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Come Join the Fun!!

Miniature Motorway: Slot Car Derby

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Come one, Come ALL to the Miniature Motorway at the Brighton District Library.

IMG_1324IMG_1321The race will be a Demolition Derby.  The goal is to be a the last car standing.  IMG_1327


This fun family event is happening on Thursday July 14th at 6:30-8:30pm.

No registration is required but space is limited!

Go to the website below for more information.




Audiobooks for Road Trips!

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Cover image for Gregor the Overlander [sound recording (CD)]Are you planning a road trip this summer?  Take along an audio book to make the hours fly by!  Come into the library to see our Cover image for Charlotte's web [electronic resource (AUDIO MEDIA PLAYER)]brochures on recommended “listens,” and check out School Library Journal‘s sneak preview of audio books coming out in August!

Don’t forget, we also have Playaways!  Playaways are great for individual listening — or plug them into your car for the whole family to enjoy!


On Your Mark, Get Set, Read 2016 Summer Reading Program

Promotes Library Services

Why do we offer a Summer Reading Program? This involvement helps us showcase our diverse services and fun summer programs and promotes the Library as the place for free activities and resources for the entire family.

Summer Reading Helps Prevent the “Summer Slide.”

Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from losing the skills they acquired during the school year. When choosing the six, be sure they are just right – not too hard and not too easy.

Expand Reading Interests and Abilities

We match materials for each reader or listener and help them discover or expand their reading interests and abilities. We know that furthering children’s inquiries and building on their interests is key to maintaining their engagement in reading and learning.

We Expand Reading Formats

Opening doors to a variety of reading formats and subject matter may spark a reluctant reader’s interest. Children are more engaged in learning when they are interested in the topic or story using the format they find most comfortable.

As a librarian our job is to communicate a love of reading. We know demonstrating enthusiasm for reading is the first and foremost way to engage a child of any age!

Please stop in and register for our summer reading program, On Your Mark, Get Set, Read. We would love to meet you and your reader or listener! The fun begins Sunday, June 12 at Springfest!

Sensory At Home

Did you attend our “Super Sensory Fun” program this month? Does your child love exploring our sensory activities after story time? Why not do some sensory activities at home? Here are some ideas for creating your own sensory balloons! These balloons are fun for children to create, touch, mold, and they are CLEAN! Sensory balloons keep the mess inside the balloon and off your floor (though we do recommend getting messy too!). Here are some tips for creating your own:

  1. Blow up your balloon and keep it inflated for 60 seconds prior to filling. This will allow you to have more space for goodies.
  2. We recommend buying some sturdier balloons.
  3. Grab a funnel to make filling your balloons much easier.
  4. Encourage your child to participate in creating the sensory balloons with you. They can spoon in the good stuff or hold the funnel. This is a great opportunity to talk with your child to build their vocabulary!

If you’re looking for more sensory fun this summer, check out our “It’s Sense-ational!” program with Ms. Vickie on July 23rd. The morning, 10:15-11:15am, will be for ages 4-6 followed by an afternoon session from 1:00-2:00pm for ages 7-9. We hope to see you there!


Springfest Kicks Off Summer Reading Program Fun!

Readers of all ages will exercise their minds and bodies this summer during the Summer Reading Program, 6/12 to 8/5 at the Brighton District Library. This year’s theme, On Your Mark,
Get Set…Read! lends itself to a fun fast-paced emphasis on fitness, sports, wellness, and more.

On Sunday, June 12, from 1-4 pm, the library will kick off the start of the Summer Reading Program with Springfest, a free celebration for all ages. Stop by the library for an afternoon of entertainment, games, activities, ice cream, and fun for the whole family.

Springfest Activities Include:

  • Gladiator Joust, 1-4pm: Kids 10 and older are invited to be the last one standing whenthey knock their opponent off a disc using a padded jousting stick.
  • Colors the Clown, 1-4pm: Families will enjoy a Magic Show and balloon creations for the kids.
  •  Jumpin’ All Stars, 1:30-2:30pm: Livingston County’s Jumpin’ All Stars are a competitive jump rope team, ranked 8th in the nation. These high-energy performers will do jump rope stunts and tricks that are incredible to watch.
  • Phoenix Freerunning Academy, 2-4pm: Kids are invited to participate in a fast-paced workshop where moving quickly from one point to another and overcoming obstacles along the way is how you reach the finish line.
  • Tim Thurman, 2-4pm: Guinness Book of World Record winner Thurman will create realistic one-of-a-kind balloon art with speed and precision.

Registration for the Summer Reading Program will be available throughout the Springfest Celebration. Participants can pick up a summer calendar of activities and a log sheet, and once registered choose what to read, when to read, and where to read. Every seven days of reading or listening equals a gently used book of your choice.

To learn more about Springfest or the Summer Reading Program go to or call 810-229-6571 ext. 223. Springfest and the Summer Reading Program are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Brighton District Library.