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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

Escape Room: One of Our Librarians is Missing! | Thurs. Feb 21 (starting at 3:15 p.m.) through Saturday, February 23
Yikes! A local librarian has been “kidnapped!” Can you and your friends follow the clues and come to the rescue? Our 2019 escape room will be set up for 3 days. Clues will be age appropriate for kids in grades 4 and up. Sign up for a time to solve the mystery. Groups may be as large as six people. (If you sign your kids up for the 21st, you can enjoy the adult murder mystery program while they are in the escape room!) Registration will be by phone or in person only, starting on Monday, February 4. Call (269) 685-8024 to sign up.

Dr. Seuss Night | Tuesday, March 5, 7-8 p.m.
“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it is June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” –Dr. Seuss
That’s right—another year has passed and it is once again time for Dr. Seuss Night. Join us for stories, games and other Seussian silliness, topped off with a treat! Sponsored by the Friends of Ransom Library.

Nerf Night: Younger (grades 4-7) | Friday, March 29
Due to the popularity of this event, we will run 2 sessions: one from
5:00-7:00, and one from 7:30-9:30.

Registration is now mandatory, and we will limit participation to 40 players per session. Players may register for one session only. In addition, players who show up at the last minute and are not registered will NOT be allowed in. THESE CHANGES ARE FOR THE PLAYERS’ SAFETY. Please mark your equipment with your name in permanent marker or with some other identifier so you can track it down at the end of the night. The typical blue and orange darts and 150 blaster balls will be provided by the library; you are encouraged to leave your ammo at home. However, if your blaster uses a different kind of ammo, you will need to bring your own. Also, beverages will be provided, but NOT pizza or snacks, so please eat dinner first. Registration begins Monday, March 11.

 Ongoing Programs - January 2nd through March 28

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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