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January Early Literacy

Each month, we offer a kit packed with tips and suggestions around an early literacy calendar (also available in Spanish).


Kids Books


Featured Kids List

Diary of A Wimpy Kid Take & Make and More!

If you are a big Wimpy Kid fan, starting January 10, you can register to pick up our cool fandom pack!

Recommended Reading

Best Children's Fiction of 2021

It's a new year, and time to look back (hopefully fondly) at 2021.

Best Picture Books of 2021

One of my favorite parts of November and December in the book world is the end-of-year "Best Books" lists.

Middle Grade Releases to Look Forward to This January

As we start off 2022, check out some of these great middle grade releases for the month of January!


Event Resources

Postcard Book Club Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Postcard Book Club: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jan 1st | 12:00am - Jan 31st | 12:00am
Check out any of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid physical books or digital copies, read, comment on the postcard, return it, & we'll write back!
Winter Storytimes

Winter Storytime Options

Storytimes are back for the winter season with something for every comfort level in these changing times.
In Person Diary of a Wimpy Kid with confetti

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Celebration

Kids ages 8-12: Drop in on Wednesday, Jan 26 between 3:30-4:30pm & celebrate the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books


Movies, Music & Media

Media Releases


Kids Resources

NEA Little Read LakeshoreNEA Little Read Lakeshore

Hope College's Little Read Lakeshore creates and fosters a culture where reading matters 
Hope College's Little Read Lakeshore creates and fosters a culture where reading matters 


Early Literacy

Virtual Storytime Video

Virtual Storytime Video - Read Aloud


Talking with children helps them learn oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills. Children learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining in the conversation.


Singing develops language skills. Slows down language so children can hear the different sounds in words. Helps children learn new words and information.


Reading together develops vocabulary and comprehension, nurtures a love for reading, and motivates children to want to learn to read.


Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. They learn about language through playing as the activities help them put thoughts into words and talk about what they are doing.


Children become aware that printed letters stand for spoken words as they see print used in their daily lives.

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