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Special Events

Halloween Costumes Available!
Gently used costumes are available for you to select for your child from October 7 through October 28, while supplies last.  There is no charge, but monetary donations for the costumes are greatly appreciated.  This great idea was conceived by the Friends of Ransom Library, who use the proceeds to help the library fund special events like the Rocktober Concert.

Preschool Halloween Parade
Thursday, October 31 | 10:30 a.m.
Our littlest friends don't always last through Halloween night, so trick or treat at the library instead!  Atmospheric music will play as we parade through the library, followed by stories, a craft and some treats.  This program will take the place of regular Thursday Story Time.

Parents vs. Kids Nerf War  (kids must be grades 4 and up)
Friday, November 8 | Three sessions!
Session 1: 5-6 p.m.
Session 2: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Session 3: 8-9 p.m.

Grownups -- can you best your children in an epic Nerf battle?  This is your chance.  SPACE IS LIMITED!  Parents need to register for this program, and let us know the number of kids in your group.  Each session will be capped at 40 total people.  Bring your own blasters, or use the library's arsenal.  Remember to label your equipment!  We will provide darts and beverages.


Holiday Events

Children's Christmas Festival
Saturday, December 14 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come downtown for winter festivities!  There will be a candy cane hunt, the library will be running a craft table, and local business will be open for other holiday fun.  Don't miss it!

Lego Contest
Monday, December 30 | 1:30-3 p.m.
The new library is under construction; this is your chance to imagine what it will look like.  Build your best version of a new library; three lucky winners will go home with prizes.

Holiday Minute to Win It
Friday, January 3 | 1-3 p.m.
If you're old enough to go to school, you're old enough to play!  Take part in a bunch of goofy competitions at the highest rate of speed you can muster!


 Ongoing Programs - September 9 through December 19

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

Mondays
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.)

Tuesdays
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.

Wednesdays (no Preschoolers Explore on Nov. 27)
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.

Thursdays (No Story Time Explore on Oct. 24 or Nov. 28)
Story Time | A repeat of Monday’s program with the addition of a craft.

Weekly Programs for Kids

Mondays
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.  Note: June 24th will be a building contest; the topic is "Alien Invasion".

Tuesdays
Discovery Hour | 4 p.m. | Kids (grades K-3) learn about scientific concepts by creating interesting experiments.  Get messy and have fun!

Thursdays
Gameschooling | 1-3 p.m. | Gameschooling is a way for homeschooled kids to learn through board games and to meet other kids.  Feel free to bring your own games; you can also play the library's selections.  Players between the ages of 7-16 will enjoy this most.  No Gameschooling on Oct. 24 or Nov. 28.

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.  Club will not meet on Oct. 24 or Nov. 28.


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.

 

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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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