Kids' Happenings

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1000 Books Celebration *POSTPONED*

The Youth Department has postponed our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Finishers Celebration until August to allow more families the chance to participate. So keep up with all of your great reading adventures and see if you can join us for a fun-filled celebration in August!  Families who have finished the program and would like to pick up their Finishers Backpack can stop by the Youth Desk to get it.

Mar 4, 2016
Andy
Take Your Child to the Library Week

Celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day with us from February 15 - 21 (we had so many fun things to do we decided to create a week out of it!).  We have galactic knights, robot building, minecraft creating, storytellers, storytimes, and crafts scheduled throughout the week. If you can't make it to any of our events, please join us at the library to make use of our many kid's play areas (both tech-oriented and family fun), as well as our books and reading nooks and quiet, study areas.

If you have questions about any of these events, please visit our Events page or call the Youth Department at 734-326-6123 (press "4").

Feb 11, 2016
Andy
Detroit Zoo savings

Gobble up some savings for the Detroit Zoo courtesy of the Westland Library's affiliation with The Library Network. Adult and children's tickets are $2 off year-round if you purchase them via this link: Detroit Zoo - The Library Network.

Jan 19, 2016
Andy
CLOSED

Due to construction the youth department will be closed Friday morning from 9:00am -1:00pm (January, 15).

As a result, Preschool Storytime will be CANCELLED.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Jan 12, 2016
TamieB
New Hooked on Phonics Kits

We got new and updated Hooked on Phonics Kits!

Dec 18, 2015
TamieB
Introducing Beanstack

The Youth Department is happy to introduce Beanstack to our community of families and readers. This new e-resource offers:

  • weekly book recommendations and learning tips for kids and their caregivers that target books in Westland library's catalog; 
  • learning tracks that kids and families can follow at their own pace to earn badges;
  • book lists and app lists that libraries around the U.S. recommend for use with your family; 
  • online sign-up and tracking for Summer Reading Program;
  • and much, much more.

Beanstack will officially be open for all library users on Tuesday, December 1st. Set up a profile for your child(ren) at westland.beanstack.org.

Stop by or call the Youth desk if you have any questions.

Nov 28, 2015
Andy
Storytime Kits!

Bring home all of the fun and learning of Storytimes with our Storytime Kits!

Each kit contains 4-6 books, suggested activities, and toys to re-inforce learning and early literacy skills. Kits are located behind the Youth Services desk.

Check out up to 2 kits for 2 weeks.

15+ kits including:

  • African American Authors
  • Bible Stories
  • Caldecott Winners
  • Colors
  • Community Helpers
  • Dinosaurs
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Farm Animals
  • Jungle Animals
  • Latin American Authors
  • Ocean Animals
  • Seasons
  • Shapes
  • Transportation
  • Welcoming a New Sibling
  • and more to come!

Created by Youth Services staff. Funding courtesy of the Friends of the Westland Library.

Sep 15, 2015
TamieB
Library Card Sign-Up Month
Snoopy and Woodstock: "What's cooler than being cool? Having a library card. Get yours today."

What's more cool and practical than your own library card? With access to so much knowledge and entertainment, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value in your wallet. During Library Card Sign-Up Month this September, the library has partnered with several local businesses who are offering free or discounted items just for showing your Westland library card (including Biggby Coffee, Gabriel's Hoagies, Golden Chopsticks, Family and Friends Funland, Westland Toarmina's Pizza locations, Vizzy's Pizza Palace, and many more). For more information, contact our service desks. 

Sep 10, 2015
Andy
Tutoring sessions moving

The Academic Enrichment (or tutoring) sessions provided by Westland Youth Assistance for area students  is being moved to the Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center (the old Jefferson Barns school) for the 2015-2016 school year. The Youth Department is looking into tutoring options for the upcoming year, but parents can use our 24/7 Tutor.com service online or make use of the Jefferson Barns sessions when days and times become available.

Aug 12, 2015
Andy
August is Tell a Librarian a Joke Month!

Kids, tell us your best jokes!

Joke Books can be found in the 818’s in J Non-fiction.

Jokes help children learn literacy skills because in order to tell a joke you have to understand humor, dialogue and story. 

Aug 3, 2015
TamieB

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