Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library

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Summer Reading  • Ongoing Programs

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Summer Reading

As in years past, the library is encouraging kids ages birth to 18 to earn prizes while they read for pleasure!  Sign up any time after school gets out.  For every 5 unique, reading-level-appropriate titles you read this summer, you can earn a scratch off ticket.  (Beginning readers' procedure is slightly different.)  Each ticket wins a prize!  Prizes include sweet treats, free books, mystery prizes and more!  Ask for details at the library.  We know you can't spend the whole summer reading, so there are lots of fun activities happening at the library, too.  Come on in and enjoy!  You do not have to sign up for the reading program to take part in any of the events.

Download the Summer Reading Program flyer here.

 Ongoing Programs - June 17th through August 22nd

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.

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

Games Galore | 1-3 p.m. | While away a hot afternoon playing board games with other enthusiasts.  Please bring your own games; you can also play the library's selections.  Players between the ages of 7-16 will enjoy this most, but youngsters ages 4-6 are also welcome.  No Games Galore on July 4th and July 11th.

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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