Kitty-in-Boots Discovered After 100 Years

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A new story by Beatrix Potter has been discovered after more than 100 years. The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots was found by her publisher and is set to release in September 2016. The tale is about a well-behaved and prime black cat who leads a double life. There is even an appearance from an “older, slower” version of Peter Rabbit. Check out this BBC article for more information about this exciting discovery!

Beatrix Potter's illustration for Kitty-in-BootsThis year marks 150 years since Beatrix Potter’s birth. The Brighton District Library will be celebrating the famous author and beloved Peter Rabbit with a party on Friday, April 22nd at 10:30am as part of the Month of the Young Child. Come join us for all things Peter Rabbit! The program is for children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver.

Shown above: Beatrix Potter’s original illustration for Kitty-in-Boots (Frederick Warne & co/The V&A museum).

A Heart-Warming Tale About A Dog and His Boy

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One Dog and His Boy book cover

All Hal had ever wanted was a dog. “Never!” cries his mother. “Think of the mess, the scratch marks, and the puddles on the floor.” But on the morning of Hal’s 10th birthday, the unbelievable happens. He’s allowed to choose a dog at Easy Pets, a rent-a-pet agency. The moment Hal sees the odd-looking terrier, he knows he’s found a friend for life. But no one tells him that Fleck must be returned. When Hal wakes up on Monday morning, Fleck is gone. If Fleck and Hal are to stay together they’ll have to run away. This heart-warming tale is laced with humor, action, suspense, and the beauty of the love of all things dog.


First Time, First Year New Parents Group

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mom,+dad,+baby+hands+smallAre you a first-time parent?

If so, then the Brighton District Library has the group for you!  In response to a community need for parent support, the BDL is launching a new parents group for first-time parents in their first year of parenthood!  Interesting enough, the group is called FIRST TIME, FIRST YEAR!!. 

The first meeting is THIS THURSDAY, January 28th, at 6:30.  Our first guest speaker is Dr. Mary Khunger, a local pediatrician with IHA health system.

She will be presenting “What to Expect the First Year” while  you enjoy light refreshments.  Following her talk you will have the opportunity to ask questions and socialize with other first-time parents.

Please call the BDL to register – 810-229-6571 #223.


Teddy Bear Sleepover @ the Library

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Bring your favorite stuffed animal and join us after hours at the library. There will be stories and crafts on Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning. You will be surprised how mischievous these little stuffies can be when left alone in a library!

Program runs Friday, January 22nd from 5:30-6:30, then return Saturday morning from 10:00-11:00 to pick up teddy and have some breakfast.

For children 5-7 and a caregiver. CALL THE LIBRARY TO REGISTER  at 1-810-229-6571 Ext. 223teddy-bear-sleepover




Sensory Fun!

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Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the body that enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing.

Your child’s fine motor development is a very important part of their physical skill set. Children need to learn to use their hands competently in order to manipulate toys and to acquire self-help skills such as feeding, dressing, and, later, writing!  Play is a child’s “work” and it is a very important part of physical development. Babies and young children need to have ample opportunity to play.

Here are a few FUN ways to play and develop those skills!


The ultimate fun for everyone, even adults. I would also make sure the kind you purchase are: Non-Toxic, Organic, Bio-Degradable and Non-Fade. Some of the makers include Orbeez, MarvelBeads, and Jelly Beadz.

You can get them ready-made as beads or buy the “pearls” and add water to create the beads yourself.

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A dot marker of paint. Children press the tip on paper to start the flow of color. They dab the tip to create dots & doodles. They are called different things like Dab-O-Ink, Dab and Dot, and Bingo Daubers. Great fun!


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Babies Love Talking

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When you talk, read, and sing with a child – even before they can use words – you are helping them get ready to read. It sounds amazing, but it is not. Research shows that talking, reading and singing with your child every day from birth helps build their brains as well as important reading and language skills for use in school and beyond.

Here Untitled-5are some tips and easy Talking Activities to use with your infant:

Your touch and voice help your child learn. Listen to the fun sounds your baby makes and repeat those “words.” Hold their hand gently and when they smile, smile back. Your loving touch and smile, combined with this “baby speak,” are the first steps in learning to talk.

  • Play “Peek-a-boo” while getting your baby dressed or during their diapering. Ask, “Where is (baby’s name)?” when you pull the shirt over his head. The say, “There you are!” Diapering can also be a fun opportunity to play this game with him.
  • Everywhere you go, talk about what you see and what your baby is looking at. ” Wow, look at that red bucket, it is full of stones that are round, I bet it is a heavy bucket.”
  • As you feed your baby, use words to describe what foods they are eating. “This yogurt is white.” “You are eating a banana. It is sweet and yellow.”

Remember to look into your baby’s eyes, use a higher pitch voice and hold their little hand when you talk to them. These actions will all help your child develop into a confident, loving adult.


Book Review: Bayou Magic

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Maddy lives with her family in New Orleans. At almost 10, she is the youngest of five girls, and this summer it will be her turn to stay with her grandmother in the bayou. Apprehensive about the visit—her sisters say Grandmère is a witch, whose house has no electricity or indoor plumbing—Maddy is also excited to discover Bon Temps. Soon, Grandmère teaches Maddy about healing herbs and their family history. When Maddy finds that she can call fireflies and see mermaids, Grandmère tells her the story of Mami Wata, the water spirit who accompanied their slave ancestors from Africa. Maddy soon comes to love the wetlands and the residents of Bon Temps, human and otherwise. So when the Gulf oil spill threatens the town, it is Maddy who must use her magic to save her new home…Maddy is a brave and hopeful heroine, and the descriptions of the bayou are almost as magical as her legacy.   Recommended for grades 4-6.

*This review, written by Youth Services Librarian Laurie Walters, originally appeared in School Library Journal.

New Year’s Eve

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Are you throwing a New Year’s Eve bash? Do you need something to keep the kids going all the way until midnight? Check out some fun, colorful, and loud crafts for kids to ring in the new year!

Confetti Poppers

Confetti Popper Toilet Paper Tubes

New Year’s Eve Countdown Ball

New Year’s Eve Countdown Activity For Kids

Party Hats & Glasses

Noise Makers

New Year’s Eve Craft- Noise Maker Shakers


Newborns and Parents Learn the Joys of Reading

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The kids are back in school learning to read and write, but school-age children are not the only ones learning. Parents of newborns throughout Livingston County are helping their children get ready to read through materials from the Brighton District Library.  The Library’s Sandy Schneidewind Books for Babies Program promotes reading from birth and emphasizes the important role parents play in the development of literacy in their infant.

The program began in 2011 as a joint collaboration between the Brighton District Library, Livingston Department of Public Health Visiting Nurses and the Pregnancy Help Clinic of Brighton.

Today, more than 1,000 kits containing baby’s first board book, reading tips, early literacy information, and an invitation to tour the Brighton District Library have been handed out to participants in the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Clinic for newborns, the Nurses Welcome Newborns program, and the Pregnancy Help Clinic’s Earn While You Learn program.

“By reading to their babies, parents help them develop language skills which put those children on a path to success in reading and learning,” said Carla Sharp, Head of Youth Services at the Library. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this program to new parents.”

The program was created in memory of Sandy Schneidewind. Sandy was a Brighton District Library children’s librarian, friend, and colleague who loved children and valued the importance of reading to a child from birth.

Funding for the Sandy Schneidewind Books for Babies Project is made possible by dollars from the Friends of the Brighton District Library. If you would like to learn more about or contribute to this program, call Carla Sharp at 810-229-6571, ext. 209.

Mother Daughter Book Club

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Sharing a book with others brings many new dimensions to reading. Seeing what others found to like or dislike, getting different perspectives on an author’s work, or having someone point out a passage or meaning that we had overlooked, all enrich our experience and make us better readers. For more information and to register call 810-229-6571, ext. 223, or visit the Youth Desk.

Mother-Daughter Book Club
This group, for girls ages 9-12 with an adult, will have its first meeting for this school year on Tuesday, Nov. 24.