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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.


 Halloween Costumes Available!
Gently used costumes are available for you to select for your child during the month of October, while supplies last.  There is no charge, but monetary donations for the costumes are greatly appreciated.  This great idea was conceived by and benefits the Friends of Ransom Library.


Special Events

Halloween Scream-a-thon | Friday, October 26 | 8-10 p.m.
For kids in grades 4-up.  Prepare to be scared! Spend the evening in the dark, listening to scary stories and playing our signature game, Murder in the Library. Scary costumes and flashlights are encouraged! Snacks will be provided.

Preschool Halloween Parade | Wednesday, October 31st | 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.

Nerf Night: Younger | Friday, November 16 | 6-9 p.m.
This night is exclusively for grades 4-7;  older players (grades 8-12) should plan to attend the Nerf war on December 7. 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. Darts and some blasters will be available at the library. Pizza/drinks will be provided.

Holiday Minute to Win It | Thursday, December 27 | 2-4 p.m.
For kids in grades 4-up. Play a bunch of goofy games at the highest rate of speed you can muster! Snacks will be provided, and there will be a trophy for the winner.

Video Game Debut: Smash Brothers Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch | Friday, December 28 | 2-4 p.m.
For kids in grades 4-up. With a release date of December 7, this game is hot off the press! Bring your friends and try it out for a couple of hours. The library will have its first SBU tournament in 2019—start practicing now! Snacks will be provided.

Baby Grands: A Gilmore Family Concert at RDL | Saturday, January 12 | 10:30 a.m.
Children ages 0-6 are invited to this special piano playtime featuring The Gilmore Keyboard Festival’s “Rising Star” Nikita Mndoyants. Kids are encouraged to dance, explore, and move freely around the space. Parents, family, and friends can relax and enjoy an unconventional piano recital, without compromising the music. Healthy snacks and drinks will be provided (coffee will also be available for adults.)


 Ongoing Programs - October 1st through December 20th

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

Select Fridays (Oct. 5th, Nov. 2nd, and Dec. 14th)
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

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.

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.

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

Thursdays
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.

Fridays
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.


 

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Phone: 269-685-8024 - Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10-9 - Fri & Sat: 10-5 - Sun: 1-5

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