Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library
Ransom District Library

For Parents


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! OR create an account on the RDL page at READsquared.com and track your child's progress online.

If you have questions about this program or need suggestions for good books to read to your preschool child, ask staff for assistance.



Dealing with Tragic Events

  • PBS.org is offering a collection of articles to help parents assist their children in coping with the changes brought about by the pandemic.
  • Sesame Street in Communities also has resources for parents to help children grieve.
  • The Dougy Center  has resources that advise parents on how to support children and teens who have lost a loved one to COVD-19.

Helping with Homework

Internet Safety

  • On Guard Online
  • NetSmartz
    This site created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has links for parents, educators, law enforcement to find information for internet safety. Each page provides presentations and links to more information. This site also has a link for parents with teens and a special section just for kids.
  • US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team)
    Tips from the US Department of Homeland Security describe and offer advice about common security issues for non-technical computer users.

Parenting Tips



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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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