Boyne District Library serves our youngest patrons in the lower level of the library. In the Children's Department we have programming for children for ages birth through elementary school. We offer weekly storytime sessions for our toddlers and preschoolers. We also have fun family-centered programming ranging from STEAM challenges to movie nights to reading challenges. Don’t forget to stop by after school to see what fun can be had. Boyne District Library also hosts a great summer reading program filled with performers, arts and crafts, and prizes.
In our physical space there is a play area where children can play with toys, put on a puppet show, cook something up in our play kitchen, or build on our LEGO wall. We have AWE learning stations for our littlest learners to fine tune their computer skills alongside their critical thinking skills. There is also a seek-and-find mural by one of our our very own hometown artists.
"Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play" are the 5 essential literacy practices that Michigan Librarians use in their storytimes, program planning, and more! Ready to Read Michigan is our new initiative to educate and empower parents and caregivers to "Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play" with their little ones to set them up for their brightest future. Learn More!
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Does reading 1,000 books seem totally overwhelming? We promise, it's not as hard as you think!
3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
10 books a week for 2 years = 1,040 books
1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 book
The program in a nutshell:
Every child in your family can participate, from infant up to Kindergarten. Stop by the library to pick up a packet, or download the packet (pdf) to get started. You can also download these fun printable coloring sheets (pdf).
The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides a free, hard-cover, age- appropriate book per month to children from birth to age 5. The program is free to all kids birth – age 5 who live in Charlevoix or Emmet Counties or who participate in a pre-school program but live in an adjacent county. The books are mailed each month directly to the child at his or her home. There is no income eligibility. The program is free to all children regardless of ability to pay.
Need a few ideas for how to encourage your youngsters' love of learning and reading? Here are some guides for various ages and easy calendars to follow with daily activities.
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BDL's YouTube Channel has storytimes, program info, and tutorials for using our BDL account online.