Children's Reading Programs

Here at Sturgis District Library we are passionate about sharing our love of books and reading with our community. We offer a variety of programming to help parents and caregivers support their children's literacy goals.

Online Programs

Follow the directions on the READsquared website to sign in, then record each book you read to your child or each book your child reads to you--you can even read the same book multiple times. Paper reading logs are also available. Download them below to print or stop by the library.

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1,000 Books Before 1st Grade

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For every 100 books logged your child will earn an online badge. Then come to the library to choose a free book, and they can move their name up on our reading program chart. When they reach 1000 books they will have earned a certificate and a very special surprise gift!

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300 Books Before 3rd Grade

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For every 50 books logged your child will earn an online badge. Then come to the library to choose a free book, and they can move their name up on our reading program chart. When they reach 300 books they will have earned a certificate and a very special surprise gift!

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Summer Reading (June-July)

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Our Summer Reading Program encompasses many different age groups, from babies through 12th grade. Each program has different goals to reach in order to get 5 different prizes at the library. This helps encourage a love of reading - especially outside of academics.

Pre-School Story Time
Begins September 13th

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Storytime is a fun and educational way to familiarize children with books and to help encourage a child’s love of reading. Our Storytime includes songs, dancing, fingerplay, and crafts for kids of all ages. It introduces children to new vocabulary and ideas. It promotes listening skills, socialization skills, following directions, and basic concepts such rhyming, counting, shapes, colors, and gross and fine motor skills. Begin your child’s early literacy education today by joining us for this free library program here at Sturgis District Library.

Story Walk & Poetry Walk

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Sturgis District Library has been happy to bring StoryWalk® to our community. This outdoor display is an exciting new way to share a picture book. Children can practice reading skills and spend time in one of the many beautiful parks in the area.

StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson (a disease prevention specialist) of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Pages from a children's book are laminated and inserted into special display units, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you're directed to the next page in the story.

StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 13 countries including, Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan and South Korea!

 

StoryWalk® inspired SDL to create PoetryWalk as a way to showcase the creative skills of community members of all ages. It is a collaboration between local students and artists; a celebration of language, emotion, visual art, and community. Across all cultures throughout history, people have used poetry and art to understand and communicate ideas about the world, about their lives, and about their emotions. Each year we select a variety of poems submitted by students from grades 3-12 and local artists volunteer to create illustrations. The poem and the illustration are then displayed together along a walking trail in a local park.