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Designed for 20 children
ages 18 months to 5 years
and their caregivers.


Caryn Sieler and Valorie Veld of Lenawee's Heart & Soul, Children's Art and Music Studio


where we link literature to art.
We will jump into a great storybook and come out ready to create.
Each child will have the opportunity to make and take home
an art project inspired by the featured story.



Monday Mornings in Meeting Room A
on the library's lower level.  (An elevator is available.)

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
December 11, 2017
February 12, 2018
April 23, 2018
May 14, 2018


AIR IS ALL AROUND YOU by Franklyn Branley
I AM WATER by Jean Marzollo
THE SUN, OUR NEAREST STAR by Franklyn Branley
EARTHDANCE by Joanne Ryder


REGISTRATION has begun! 
A Waiting List will be available, if needed.


 To register for each individual session you wish to attend,

call 423-2238 or click HERE.

(Online registrations will receive a personal confirmation from Mrs. Reasoner.)

Featured Book for our second session in December


Summary:  Describes the properties of water, its uses, and its many forms,
including rain, ice, and snow

Featured Art Focus for December:
Painting paper snowflakes with blue watercolor paint.


Caryn Sieler
Caryn is a music and movement specialist and the owner of Lenawee's Heart & Soul.  She will begin each session with a song or chant.

Valorie Veld
Valorie Veld
Valorie is an early childhood educator and the art teacher/director at Lenawee's Heart & Soul.  She will be the storyteller and art project presenter and guide for each session.


For more biographical information, visit their website at

This fourth year of programs is sponsored by a generous, anonymous donor
and coordinated by Mary Beth Reasoner, Children’s Librarian


Caryn, Valorie and Mrs. Reasoner all value the important role the arts play
in the lives of young children!



Fall 2017 Story Times

Join Mrs. Reasoner for fun with
Stories, Poems, & Songs

Brochure with more information will soon be available at the Circulation Desk

Programs are held in Imagination Station located on the main floor of the library in the Children's Section.

Each program begins promptly at 6:45 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.

Registration Required

Registration for each Story Time will be limited to 20 children and their adult caregivers.

Registration begins Saturday, September 2nd

Call 423-2238 or click here to sign-up for each individual program you wish to attend!

Story Times are designed for three-year-olds through second graders.
Mrs. Reasoner will share both new and classic stories, fingerplays, poems, and songs.

Attendance at Library events constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and/or electronic publicity for the Tecumseh District Library.

A Pajama Story Time on Tuesday evening, September 19th

Wear your pj’s or nightgown, robe, and slippers!

Features bedtime stories, lullabies, and nighttime tales of the moon and stars.

A Halloween Story Time on Tuesday evening, October 17th

Wear your favorite Halloween costume but please leave the masks and props at home!

Features not-too-spooky tales of trick-or-treating, haunted houses, ghosts and creatures of all sorts!

Harvest Of Friendship
A Thanksgiving Story Time on Tuesday evening, November 21st
Wear your favorite fall colors! Features cozy tales of friendship and families.

A Stockingful of Joy

A Holiday Story Time on Tuesday evening, December 19th

Wear your favorite holiday colors! Features stories of Santa Claus & his reindeer and the winter season.

Participation Guidelines Adults and children eager to listen to stories, sing songs, and recite poems are welcome.

Story Time Classroom Visits - Fall 2017

  • Tales and tunes for preschools and kindergarten through fourth grade classes are available upon request.
  • Contact Mrs. Reasoner to schedule her visit full of stories, songs and poetry.

Courtesy Guidelines

The focus of everyone in the room during Story Time is centered on the children and the program.
Thus, all communication devices need to be turned off.
Please feel free to take any children who are restless or disruptive out of Imagination Station until they are ready to rejoin us.I appreciate your cooperation and consideration for the other audience members and myself.
If you don’t plan to attend Story Time with your child, please remain in the building!
For your child’s sense of well-being, be present outside Imagination Station as Story Time ends, so your child may be picked up promptly.
Your respect for these guidelines enhances my ability to conduct an enjoyable Story Time for the children!

Thank you!

Mrs. Reasoner
Children's Librarian

2017 Michigan Reads!



Bubble Gum book

The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the 2017 Michigan Reads! book is Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith.
In this rollicking tale, a blob of pink bubble gum melting in the middle of the road causes big trouble for five animals that get stuck in the "chewy-gooey icky-sticky" mess.
Wheeler's snappy rhyming verse, loaded with silly words and onomatopoeia, begs to be read aloud.  The clever language is just part of the appeal of this well-designed picture book.  Creative variations in size, style, and placement of text add visual excitement,as do the bold colors and patterns of Huliska-Beith's acrylic-and-fabric collage illustrations.  Wildly exaggerated expressions and body language enhance the slapstick nature of the story and provide plot clues for pre-readers who are paging through on their own.

Meet Lisa Wheeler, the author of Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum!

One thing I remember about my childhood in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, was how much I loved books -- even the smell! We didn't have a library in our town, but we had a regular library class in my school, where I could check out books. In our home, we only had one children's book. It was called, YOUNG YEARS: Best Loved Stories and Poems for Little Children. I read its cover right off!


My first venture into writing was in fourth grade. I won a Halloween poetry contest. I was so surprised! I wish I had saved that winning poem, because I have no recollection of what I wrote.


My family moved to Michigan when I was fifteen. I was so shy, I spent my lunch periods in the library, hiding behind a book. My biggest fear was walking into that giant cafeteria and sitting alone.


Eventually, I married and raised three children. As the kids grew older, I started to think about the next phase of my life. I'd worked in various part-time jobs over the years, but there was one thing I'd always wanted to do -- write! In 1995, I began to 'get serious' about writing. It took nearly four years to sell my first children's book.


Writing books for children is definitely a dream come true. I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing with my life. Just like when I was a child in Pennsylvania, I love everything about children's books -- even the smell!

See more about my books at my website.


Meet Laura Huliska-Beith, the illustrator of Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum!

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Laura Huliska Beith is a children's book illustrator living in Kansas City Missouri with her husband, Jeff, and their three dogs; Jake, Sigmund, and Stella.

Laura is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute where she also spent three semesters as an
adjunct instructor teaching junior illustration.
 Currently she is working on murals for the North Kansas City Public Library, and illustrating books in her attic studio. 

See more about my illustrations at my website.


The Story of Michigan Reads!

What would happen if every parent, grandparent or caregiver read the same book to Michigan preschoolers at the same time? We're on a mission to find out! Michigan Reads! was launched in 2004 by the Library of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Center for the Book to promote the value and benefits of reading early and often to preschoolers; to encourage family bonding through reading; and to increase awareness and usage of Michigan's libraries.
Michigan Reads! is a program of the Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation, sponsored by Target. 

The Michigan Reads! program highlights the importance of reading and sharing books with children, especially toddlers through early elementary school age. It also recognizes the vital role of libraries which provide access to quality books, programs and services to children and families. These resources lay the foundation for reading and school success.

Michigan Reads! raises awareness of the intergenerational nature of literacy and the value of sharing books with children, especially during their critical developmental stage between birth and age 5.

Michigan Reads! promotes early-childhood literacy in Michigan and engages teachers, librarians, caregivers and parents in reading and sharing books with children ages birth to eight. 

More information about "Michigan Reads!" including materials for parents, teachers and caregivers is available at