Ransom District Library
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Attention Homeschoolers!

Is your family interested in “gameschooling,” or learning through games? The library would like to offer a gameschool program on Thursday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. Ironing out  some details as a group will be essential for a smoothly functioning activity. If you are interested, please join us for a brief initial meeting on Thursday, January 10 at 1 p.m. in the  library’s Burchfield Room. If you cannot come to the meeting, please call Erin Marsh at (269) 685-8024 for information.

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.

Special Events

To be announced.

Summer Reading

Summer reading begins June 12th!  Sign up for the summer reading program as soon as school lets out this year!  Kids who can read independently will be encouraged to read five books.  When they complete them, they can come back to the library for a scratch-off ticket.  Everyone wins a prize! (Younger kids who are still read to will have a listening goal instead of a reading goal.)

Alien Art with Author Aaron Zenz | Tuesday, June 18 at 1 p.m.
Michigan author-illustrator Aaron Zenz has written numerous picture books and competed in Art Prize.  He is going to talk about how books are made and show us how to draw space aliens. Plan on audience participation!

Rocket Science | Wednesday, June 19 at 2 p.m.
Several different rocket projects are planned, including a film canister rocket and a straw rocket.  Aim high!

Star Mapping with the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society | Monday, June 24 at 2 p.m.
Members of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society will be on hand to help you construct and learn how to use a planisphere, a "computerized" star map that doesn't require batteries!  Set the planisphere for the date and time you head outside on a clear, moonless night and it'll show you the current position of the stars and constellations.

Have an Alien Adventure with Sciencetellers! | Wednesday, June 26 at 2 p.m.
One night, two curious kids see something mysterious fall from the sky toward Earth -- but it's not a shooting star.  They venture into the forest to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet!  Don't miss this  action-packed and educational event using science experiments for special effects.  It's totally out of this world!

Ransom Library's Fourth Annual Exploding Watermelon Extravaganza! | Thursday, June 27 at 3 p.m.
Play board games at 1 p.m. and stay for this explosive spectacle!  You can help us wrap enough rubber bands around a watermelon to make it blow its top!

Nelson's Wildlife Safari | Thursday July 11 -- Two shows!  11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Back by popular demand for two shows!  Nelson will bring his marvelous menagerie to visit  us once again!  We suggest that families with younger children attend  the morning session, and that older children come to the afternoon show.

 Ongoing Programs - April 1st through May 24th (no after school programs April 1-5)

Preschool Programs
Preschool programs take place Monday through Thursday, always at 10:30 a.m.

Story Time | Children from ages 3 to 6 (with a favorite adult) build their early literacy skills and have fun with exciting books, catchy songs and engaging rhymes and activities. (Crafts are available on Thursdays only.)

Baby Story Time | Babies from birth to age 3 (with a favorite adult) enjoy songs, bouncing, rhymes, and listening to two stories in each lively session.

Preschoolers Explore | This playgroup-style program emphasizes sensory experience, discovery science and language development. Children should wear play clothes. No Preschoolers Explore October 31 or November 21.

Story Time | A repeat of Monday’s program with the addition of a craft.

Select Fridays (February 1 and March 1)
Parachute Playtime | Children can lie underneath the chute, bounce a pile of balls and even launch a stuffed animal up to the ceiling! Safest for children ages 3-8; children younger than 3 struggle to hold the chute when older children are playing.

Weekly Programs for Kids

Build-o-Rama | 4 p.m. | Open to all ages. Make amazing inventions using our Lego bricks. Creations are on display for a week following each session.

Guitar Club | 4 p.m. | Guitar Club is for beginning guitar students ages 8-up.  Mr. Joe leads these free sessions that focus on music reading and basic technique. Please register for this club; call (269) 685-8024 or stop by the library for more information.

Discovery Hour | 4 p.m. | Kids (grades K-3) learn about scientific concepts by creating interesting experiments.

Closed Door Science Club | 4 p.m. | For kids in grades 4-7. Mess around with stuff your mom won’t let you do at home! Explosions, goo and learning are possible side effects.

Video Game Free Play | 3 p.m. | For kids in grades 4-up. Blow off some steam playing video games on Friday afternoon with your friends! The Switch or the Wii will be available each week; the group can select what is played. No free play on February 22nd.


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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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