Early Literacy Programs
DTDL offers a variety of services to support families and encourage the development of early literacy skills. Check out the Ready to Read Michigan guide for more information about early literacy, with tips for talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with your child.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program that encourages families to read 1000 books to their children before they start Kindergarten. For each 100 books you read, you’ll earn a free book and sticker from DTDL. Learn more and get started here.
DTDL offers a variety of programs for young children, including storytimes, Baby Time, Paws for Reading, Big Playdates, and more. See a full schedule of programs on our event calendar.
A fun way for families to enjoy storytime, anytime! Call in to DTDL’s Story Line (517-321-4014 and press 8) to hear a new children’s story each week, read by the library’s Youth Services staff. At the end of each story we also include an fun activity you can do at home that ties in to the reading.
Storytime @ Home Kits
DTDL offers free Storytime @ Home kits for families to enjoy rhymes, music, and movement together at home. Kits are geared towards ages birth-5 and include a shaker egg, dancing scarf, rhythm sticks, and a song sheet, and they are yours to keep. Families can use these materials to enjoy music time at home and participate along with us during our virtual storytimes! To request a Storytime @ Home kit for carside pickup (limit of one per child), please call Youth Services at 517-321-4014 x3.
Visit our storytime blog to see the books, songs, fingerplays, and more we include in our storytimes.
Located across the street from the library in Sharp Park, DTDL's StoryWalk is a series of signs which feature pages of a picture book along with early literacy activities. Enjoy the story while walking along the path. New stories are added throughout the year.
Take It & Make It
DTDL offers free Take It & Make It kits for kids and adults, including kits specifically geared towards ages 5 & under. Kits may include arts & crafts, STEM, and literacy activities. Free children's art supplies kits are also available. Learn more and request your kits here.
TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten
Make any time learning time! Parents and caregivers with kids 5 and under can sign up for a new text messaging service and get 8–10 messages per month with fun activities you can do at home to help prepare your little one for school success. Text TALK to 75547 or sign up here.
TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten sends fun activities parents can do with their babies and preschoolers to make any time learning time. Developed by librarians and based on the Every Child Ready to Read program that encourages parents to read, write, sing, talk, and play with their little ones everyday, TALK activities are designed to get kids ready for school success. You’ll get updates for local library storytimes and other free, educational children’s events; and you’ll even get a few tips just for you, because when parents are strong and healthy, it’s easier to give your kids what they need to grow. Learn more about this program here.
Bright by Text
For more tips by text, check out Bright by Text, hosted by Eaton Great Start, which provides age-specific developmental tips, learning games, and local community information for Eaton County families. Text ECKIDS to 274448 or sign up here. Learn more about Bright by Text here.
Join DTDL’s Youth Staff for video storytimes featuring all your favorite storytime activities: stories, rhymes, music, movement, and more!
Welcome Baby Bags
Are you an expecting parent or have a new infant? Eaton Great Start provides Welcome Baby Bags to Eaton County families to make sure that all babies in Eaton County get a great start. Bags include: a sleep sack, children’s books, diaper and wipe samplers, bath time items, children’s medicine kit, self-care items for mom and stuff for dad, resource sheets, and more (over a $50 value). Call Youth Services at 517-321-4014 x3 to request a bag that you can pick up with our carside pickup service.