Edible Storytime

Looking for a new way to make reading fun? Want to give your little one more sensory experiences? If so, then your child may enjoy this special toddler storytime filled with food and fun. We won't be eating the books or reading the food. We will be reading books, singing songs, and experimenting with food items based on the books we read. Come and play with your food! This storytime is geared for children from 6 months to 3 years.

Mondays,

March 6, 13, 20, and 27,

11-11:30 a.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room

Tuesday Tales

Enjoy an activity time specifically for preschoolers featuring stories, songs, crafts, and movement with a different theme each week.

Tuesdays,

March 28: The theme will be spring,

April 11, 18, and 25,

May 2, 9, 16, and 23

11-11:30 a.m.,

Helen Warner Branch

 

Babytime

Help your baby develop listening and language skills with songs, stories, and playtime. Get to know other families with little ones at Babytime, which is for those younger than 24 months. Each Wednesday morning, we will guide caregivers--whether parent, grandparent, or nanny--in the five practices of early literacy--talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Babytime includes nursery rhymes, songs, rhythm activities, sharing a book, and free play.

Wednesdays through May 24,
except April 5

11 a.m.,

Helen Warner Branch

Musikgarten for Preschoolers

Preschoolers are invited to sing and play in Musikgarten, a social class including singing, chanting, moving, dancing, and playing of simple instruments. Children will experience an active exposure to many types of music, including a variety of tonalities and meters along with an emphasis on guided listening. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to actively participate with their children as they are important role models. Longtime music instructor Rita Burghart, owner of Burghart Music Studio in Marshall, will be leading this Musikgarten class.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a ticketed event. Willard Library cardholders may pick up a free ticket, one per child, beginning at 10:30 a.m. each week to attend that morning's program.

Thursdays,

March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30,

April 13 and 27,

May 4, 11, 18, and 25,

11-11:45 a.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room

1, 2, 3, Come Count With Me Playgroup

Willard is pleased to partner with Early Childhood Connections to offer this playgroup, which gives children the opportunity to try new activities with the support of a parent. Families can explore measuring; sorting by color, shape, and size; counting and ordering; and patterns. Children may learn how to play and interact with other children while becoming comfortable with the library. The program includes a storytime and snack. Siblings are welcome. Free transportation may be arranged by calling ECC at least one day in advance at 269-660-1606.

Thursdays,

April 13, 20, and 27,

May 11, 18, and 25,

6-7 p.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room

 

 

Easter Bunny Character Visit

Hippity, hoppity the Easter Bunny is on his way to Willard Library and the Helen Warner Branch. Preschoolers and their families may enjoy bunny stories, crafts, songs, and a visit with the Easter Bunny for a great photo op. Don't forget your camera! The 11 a.m. program at Willard Library repeats at 4 p.m. at the Helen Warner Branch.

Friday, April 7,

11 a.m.,
Willard Library Meeting Room

4 p.m.,
Helen Warner Branch

Music and Movement

Preschoolers are invited to move, dance, and stretch during this interactive storytime taught by fitness instructor Debbie Marz. Movement, music, and stories will be a fun combination that makes reading something active the whole family can do together. Adult participation will be required. Participants are asked to wear shoes and clothing that permit movement. No strollers please.

Monday,

April 10,

11-11:45 a.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room

Play Date at the Library

Youngsters will be encouraged to develop curiosity and build self-confidence while making new friends. The program is for those 5 and younger and their siblings.

Mondays,

April 17 and 24,

11 a.m. to noon

Willard Library Meeting Room

 

Stories & More

Start your children ages 3-5 on the journey to becoming lifelong readers at the Stories & More program. Parents and preschoolers will enjoy stories, songs, crafts and fun.


Mondays,

May 1, 8, 15, and 22,

11-11:30 a.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room