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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a tracking system that encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she enters school.  Ransom Library is participating in this program with other Allegan County libraries, thanks to a generous grant from the Allegan County United Way and Volunteer Center.

Don't let the big number intimidate you - if you read 2 books to your child at bedtime every night, you will complete 730 books in the next year alone!  If this sounds daunting, then you could aim for one book per day for three years or even ten books per week for two years.  The words your child will be exposed to by listening to these thousand books will drastically improve their vocabulary, which primes them for reading success once they start school.  Pick up your packet today!

If you have questions about this program or need suggestions for good books to read to your preschool child, ask for Erin or Macy.

Special Events

Preschool Halloween Parade - Tuesday, October 31st at 10:30 a.m.
Our littlest friends don't always last through Halloween night, so trick or treat at the library instead!  Atmospheric music will play as we parade through the library, followed by stories, a craft and some treats.

Holiday Break Programs

School is out the entire week before Christmas, so the library is planning a bunch of activities!  Make the library your holiday hangout spot!

Flash Fiction and Poetry Workshops presented by the Kalamazoo Poetry Collective
Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m.          Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m.         Dec. 20 at 2 p.m.
These one hour sessions explore the fun of writing through hand-on-pen experiences.  Everyone can tell a story!  Different workshops every day.  Recommended for grade 3 through adult.  Please contact the library to register.

Build-o-Rama Tournament - Monday, December 18, 4-5 p.m.
Tom will be presenting a special Lego challenge today!  Make a creation using the tournament guidelines, and the judges (library staff) will select contestants for the second and third rounds.  Prizes include a Bionicle collector's item!

Holiday Minute to Win It - Tuesday, December 19, 2:30-4 p.m.
Play a bunch of goofy games at the highest rate of speed you can muster!  Snacks will be provided, and there will be a trophy for the winner.

Snowflakes and Snowmen - Thursday, December 21, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Learn how to cut a perfect snowflake and make some cute snow ornaments to hang in a window or on your tree.

  Ongoing Programs

After School Programs emphasize STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).  Classes will not be held on certain days during the holiday season as noted below.

  • Monday: Build-O-Rama - 4-5 p.m.
    • Children are welcome to use our Lego bricks to build a masterpiece!  Creations will remain on display in the library for one week. (No Build-o-Rama on Columbus Day, December 25 and January 1.)
  • Monday: Guitar Club - 4-4:45 p.m. (September 25th through March 26th)
    • Guitar Club is for beginning guitar students of all ages (or anyone who would like to start over.)  Mr. Joe will lead these free sessions that focus on music reading and basic technique.  Participants who do not have access to an instrument may inquire about borrowing one from the library free of charge, depending on availability.  Note: we are always looking for guitar donations! Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early, if schedule allows, for tuning and other preparation.  Guitar Club will NOT meet on October 9 or during holiday break (December 25 and January 1.)
  • Tuesday: Discovery Hour - 4-5 p.m.
    • Learn how exciting science can be in our most popular program!  Kids learn about scientific concepts by creating interesting experiments.  We encourage kids to discover their own answers.  Plan to get messy!
  • Thursday: The Closed Door Science Club - 4-5 p.m.
    • Do stuff in the library that would get you in trouble in your garage. This STEAM-based program helps kids explore the world of science through hypothesis formation, experimentation and observation.  Some experiments will be long-term (2-3 weeks in duration.)  This club is exclusively for students grades 4-7, and is ideal for "tweens."  Note: Students younger than 4th grade will not be admitted to this club; they are welcome to participate in the Tuesday session, which will be age-appropriate.  (No CDSC on Dec. 21st or 28th.)

Preschool activities take place every weekday at 10:30 a.m.  This session runs from October 2nd through December 15th.  Programs will be 30-45 minutes in duration.

  • Monday: Story Time
    • Story Time is a great place for children to make friends and enhance their early literacy skills: singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking.  Monday is a repeat of Thursday's program and will not include a craft. (No Story Time on Monday, October, 9th.)
  • Tuesday: Baby Story Time
    • Open to children from birth through age 5.  The stories are simpler and emphasize concepts rather than plot.  Kids will enjoy bouncing rhymes, fun songs, and interacting with others their age.  (No Baby Story Time on October 31st -- put your baby in a costume and come for the parade instead!)
  • Wednesday: Preschoolers Explore!
    • This is a playgroup-style program that emphasizes sensory experience, discovery science and language development.  Different activities are available each week.  Children should wear play clothes -- we usually get messy.  (No Preschoolers Explore! on November 22nd.)
  • Thursday: Story Time
    • Story Time is a great place for children to make friends and enhance their early literacy skills: singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking.  This program will finish with a craft.  (No Story Time on Thursday, November 23rd.)
  • Friday: Fun Fridays
    • Keep the fun going all week long!  No registration required -- come join us!
    • Parachute Play (Oct. 6, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1):  Catch some air as we place projectiles on the parachute!  This activity is strongly encouraged for children who are at least 3 years old -- they need to be strong enough to hold on to the chute and keep their footing.
    • Preschool Dance Party (Oct. 13, Nov. 17, and Dec. 15): Kick up your heels to the "banana song", the "gong song" and more with Miss Erin.  Shakers, scarves, and silliness will be plentiful.
    • Crafty Kids (Oct. 27, Nov. 10, and Dec. 8): Create a holiday-themes work of art to give to a loved one or hang on the fridge.  We have paint shirts, but dress for a mess just in case.


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