Ransom District Library
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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a tracking system that encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school.  Ransom Library is participating in this program with other Allegan County libraries, thanks to a generous grant from the Allegan County United Way and Volunteer Center.

Don't let the big number intimidate you - if you read 2 books to your child at bedtime every night, you will complete 730 books in the next year alone!  If this sounds daunting, then you could aim for one book per day for three years or even ten books per week for two years.  The words your child will be exposed to by listening to these thousand books will drastically improve their vocabulary, which primes them for reading success once they start school.  Pick up your packet today!

If you have questions about this program or need suggestions for good books to read to your preschool child, ask for Erin or Macy.


Introducing the Launchpad!
These great little tablets are made to be passed from one set of hands to the next.  Based on the Android operating system, they are easy to use and are designed for durability.  They are pre-loaded with fun learning apps for kids ages 3-8.  Launchpads are not internet accessible, so they require no download time and they are 100% secure.  Launchpads are now available to check out!  Ask to see one the next time you visit the library!


Special Events

Brief descriptions are below, but you can view our summer reading flyer right now!  You can also print out this calendar with everything on it.


  Ongoing Programs

Our new session of weekly programs will begin on September 10th.

Preschool Programs

  • Story Time will take place on Monday and Thursday (Monday will be a repeat of Thursday’s program, and will not include a craft.) Story Time is a great place for children to make friends and enhance their early literacy skills: singing, playing, reading, writing and talking.
  • Baby Story Time, which takes place every Tuesday, is open to preschoolers birth-age 5, but the stories are simpler and emphasize concepts rather than plot. Kids will enjoy bouncing rhymes, fun songs, and interacting with others their age.
  • Preschoolers Explore! is on Wednesdays and is a playgroup-style program that emphasizes sensory experience, discovery science and language development. Different activities are available each week. Children should wear play clothes—we usually get messy.
  • Fun Fridays will keep the fun going all week long! No registration required—come join us!

Weekly Programs for Kids

  • Build-o-Rama - Mondays 4-5 p.m. Children are welcome to use our Lego bricks to build a masterpiece! Creations will remain on display in the library for one week.
  • Discovery Hour - Tuesdays 4-5 p.m. Learn how exciting science can be in our most popular program! Kids learn about scientific concepts by creating interesting experiments. We encourage kids to discover their own answers. Plan to get messy!
  • The Closed Door Science Club - Thursdays 4-5 p.m. Do stuff in the library that would get you in trouble in your garage! This STEAM-based program helps kids explore the world of science through hypothesis formation, experimentation and observation. Some experiments will be long-term (2-3 weeks in duration.) This club is exclusively for students in grades 4-7, and is ideal for “tweens.”  Note: Students younger than 4th grade will not be admitted to this club; they are welcome to participate in the Tuesday session, which will be age-appropriate.

 

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Ransom District Library - 180 S. Sherwood Ave. - Plainwell, Michigan 49080
Phone: 269-685-8024 - Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10-9 - Fri & Sat: 10-5 - Sun: 1-5

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