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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!

Mark Your Calendars Now!
The Missoula Children's Theatre will be back in Plainwell again this summer.  The 2018 performance will be Robin Hood!  This is a week-long, intensive theater experience beginning with auditions on July 9 and culminating in a performance on July 14.  This incredible opportunity is for K-12 students who reside in the Plainwell school district (including homeschoolers).  Sponsored by the Plainwell Arts Council with the help of Hope Lutheran Church.  Additional information will be available at the library as it becomes available.

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

Preschool Programs
Weekday mornings belong to the preschoolers!  All preschool programs begin at 10:30 a.m. and run from April 2nd through May 25.  There will be a brief hiatus (May 28 through June 15) as we get ready for summer reading.  Preschool programs will resume on June 18, following the same schedule.

  • 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!
    • Preschool Dance Party: April 13 and May 11   Kick up your heels to the “banana song,” the “lion song” and more with Miss Erin. Shakers, scarves, bubbles and silliness will be plentiful. Snacks/drinks provided.
    • Parachute Play: April 6, May 4, and June 29   Catch some air as we place projectiles on the parachute! This activity is strongly encouraged for children who are at least 3 years old—they need to be strong enough to hold on to the chute and keep their footing.
    • Crafty Kids: April 20 and May 18   Create a holiday-themed work of art to give to a loved one or hang on the fridge. We have paint shirts, but dress for a mess just in case.
    • Groovin' with Mr. Joe: April 27 and May 25   Enjoy a special storytime with the extra cool that only Mr. Joe and his guitar can provide.

Weekly Programs for Kids
STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) are emphasized in our weekly programs for kids. Classes will not be held on certain days during the holiday season as noted below.

  • 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.

Get Ready for Summer Reading!

Reading Rocks!  Summer Fun at Ransom!
Another exciting summer is in the works at your library!  The reading program will feature scratch off tickets again this year -- read 5 books, get a prize!  There are loads of prizes waiting for you to win: books, glow wands, toys, and more!  Sign up starts as soon as school ends on June 13th.  All kids from birth to age 18 can participate.  We will also be hosting a cadre of visitors to add to the summer fun...

Campfire Stu story and singalong
Tuesday, July 17 | 2 p.m.

Mike Struwin, author of Campfire Stu and the Backwoods Jamboree, will visit to read his story and accompany it with his guitar.  The audience will have a chance to sing some songs as well!

Musical Storybook with the Kalamazoo Symphony
Monday, July 30 | 1 p.m.
The Burdick-Thorne Quartet shares their presentation of the Newbery Medal-winning story Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena.  Hear the quartet use their instruments to create a musical bus ride through the city.

Magician Jason Hudy
Tuesday, August 21 | 2 p.m.

Prepare to be amazed and amused as this marvelous magician brings his bag of tricks to the library!


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