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Gift of Reading


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2022 Gift of Reading
A Joint Holiday Book Project with the Tecumseh Service Club

To celebrate the holiday season, the Tecumseh District Library is coordinating its traditional "Gift of Reading" project.  This endeavor provides the Tecumseh Service Club with new books for children and teens to add to the traditional Christmas baskets of food, clothing, and toys. Our community’s generous participation in this project each year is always heartwarming, especially when one realizes that many children have never been given a book to call their very own.  The library staff looks forward to another enthusiastic response to this year's "Gift of Reading".

Area residents may participate in two ways:

  • Purchase new children's books and/or teen paperbacks from your favorite bookstore.
    Then bring the unwrapped books to the front Circulation Desk between Friday, November 25th and Monday, December 12th.
  • Send a tax-deductible check payable to the "Tecumseh Service Club" to the Tecumseh District Library, 215 North Ottawa Street, in care of "The Gift of Reading" by Monday, December 12th.  Designated shoppers from the Service Club will use these donations to buy additional books for the project.

Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, the library staff will add your donated books to the Gift of Reading display near the Information Desk.  In mid-December, the books will be delivered to the Tecumseh Service Club, whose volunteers will add the books to the Christmas baskets for distribution throughout the Tecumseh community.

 What kinds of books are best?

  • Brand new books with good bindings
    Because these will be treasured Christmas gifts, "hand-me-down" or “gently used” donations will not be accepted!

  • Picture books
    • Books with large print and vivid illustrations by such authors and illustrators as:
      ~ Lisa Tawn Bergren
      ~ Jan Brett
      ~ Eric Carle
      ~ Doreen Cronin

      ~ Kevin Henkes
      ~ Ryan T. Higgins
      ~ Mercer Mayer
      ~ Laura Numeroff
      ~ Todd Parr
      ~ Dav Pilkey
      ~ Chris Van Dusen
      ~ Mo Willems
      ~ Karma Wilson
    • Books about characters such as:
      ~ Berenstain Bears

      Clifford the Big Red Dog
      ~ Curious George 
      ~ Elephant & Piggie
      ~ Fancy Nancy
      ~ Fly Guy
      ~ Froggy
      ~ Henry & Mudge
      ~ Llama Llama

      Pete the Cat
      ~ Thomas the Tank Engine

      ~ Unicorns
    • Alphabet books
    • Hidden picture series such as I SpyLook-alikes, and Where's Waldo?
    • Sturdy, colorful board books for toddlers are always needed!

  • Juvenile fiction
    • Books by popular children's authors such as
      ~ Chris Colfer
      ~ Bruce Coville
      ~ Dav Pilkey
      ~ Johnathan Rand

    • Popular chapter book series such as:
      ~ Galaxy Zack
      ~ I survived . . .
      ~ Judy Moody
      ~ Land of Stories

      Magic Tree House
      ~ Owl Diaries and Unicorn Diaries
      ~ Puppy Place

    • Graphic Novels for Kids:
      ~ Animorphs
      ~ Babymouse
      ~ Babysitters Little Sister
      ~ Bad Guys
      ~ Bird & Squirrel
      ~ Squish
      ~ Wings of Fire
  • Juvenile non-fiction
    • “Who Was . . .?” ;  "Who Were . . .?" ;  "What Is . . .?" ; "What is the Story of . . .?";  "What Was . . .?"  "Where Is . . .?"
    • National Geographic Kids Science Books
    • Books by Jason Chin, Steve Jenkins, and April P. Sayre
    • Books about:
      Animals, especially Dinosaurs and Unicorns
      ~ Mermaids
      ~ Minecraft
      ~ Nursery rhymes
      ~ Planes and Trains
      ~ Space
      ~ Sports

      ~ Construction Equipment and Big Trucks
      ~ Crafts and Drawing
      ~ Fairy tales and Folklore
      ~ LEGOS
    • Poetry collections by Julie Andrews, Caroline Kennedy, Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein
    • Coloring books, pop-up books, lift-the-flap books
  • Tween and Teen fiction
    • Newest titles in popular romance, mystery, adventure, fantasy, and science fiction series by:
      ~ Gayle Forman
      ~ Stuart Gibbs
      ~ Chris Grabenstein
      ~ John Green
      ~ Erin Hunter
      ~ Jeff Kinney  (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)

      Pittacus Lore
      ~ Mike Lupica
      ~ Chris Lynch
      ~ Wendy Mass
      ~ Brandon Mull
      ~ Lauren Oliver
      ~ R. J. Palacio
      ~ James Patterson
      ~ Lincoln Peirce  (Big Nate series)
      ~ Jason Reynolds
      ~ Ransom Riggs
      ~ Rick Riordan
      ~ Maggie Stiefvator

    • Graphic novels for Tweens:
      ~ Babymouse: Tales from the Locker
      ~ Babysitters Club
      ~ Cleopatra
      ~ Books by Kayla Miller and Raina Telgemeier 

Why should the books be donated unwrapped?
The Service Club members will look at each book and sort them into categories by age levels and subject areas.  Then they will match the titles to the reading levels and interests of the children whose families are receiving Christmas baskets.  Feel free to enclose a bookmark, note or card.

*    Help your children earn money towards the purchase of the gift books.
*    Encourage your children to make your family's selections of titles to donate.
*    Encourage your clubs and organizations to participate.
*    Encourage your children's classes to participate.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

For children up to five years old!


Introducing a new free early literacy program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she begins kindergarten!

The program entails reading any book to your newborn, infant and/or toddler before they start kindergarten.  It may sound hard to do, but it really is not! If you read just one book a night together, you will have read 365 books in a year!  That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years!  There are no restrictions as to which book you read or how many times you read it!  It can include books read to your child by a teacher, a sibling, or during Story Time.
Each experience counts as a book read!

Any child from birth until he or she enters kindergarten, usually around the age of five.
More than one young family member in this age range may participate at the same time!


1. Beginning Tuesday, February 1st, register yourself and your child/children online (or at the Reference Desk).
To Register, click HERE.

2. Mrs. Reasoner, Children's Librarian, will contact you to arrange a time to come to the library and pick up your official packet.  The contents of the packet will include a book log, booklists which suggest favorite books, and information about "1000 Books Before Kindergarten."

3. Keep track on the book log of each book read together. The program is self-paced and is not a contest or race!

4. When you reach the first 100 total, come back to the library with the list and receive your first Brag Tag and decorative cord.  You will also receive your next book log to list your next 100 books!  You must bring in your official book log to receive a Brag Tag each time.

5. When you have finished 1,000 books, you will receive a certificate and the opportunity to choose a book in the TDL collection to have a name plate inserted which celebrates your accomplishment!

6. Please contact Mrs. Reasoner at mbreasoner@tecumsehlibrary.org or 423-2238 if you have any questions!




Tecumseh District Library offers children an opportunity to read aloud
to a friendly Staff Member for 30 minutes in or near the Children's Area.
Their parent will remain in the building during this time.

Books read are chosen ahead of time by the child.

Reading skills are practiced.

Gentle assistance may be given for decoding words and reading with inflection.

New library friendships are made!

Appointments for your child can be made by calling the library at (517) 423-2238.


After School Crafts for 3rd and 4th Graders


Make-it & Take-it Crafts Programs
for Third Graders & Fourth Graders


Join the Crafty Crew and enjoy making crafts
once a month after school for two hours with Mrs. Reasoner, Children's Librarian!

The Crew will meet on the second Thursday of every month
from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Imagination Station!

Registration is required and is limited to ten participants.

Click HERE to register.


September 8, 2022 - Fall Crafts
October 13, 2022 - Halloween Crafts
November 10, 2022 - Thanksgiving Crafts
December 8, 2022 - Christmas Crafts
January 12, 2023 - Winter Crafts
February 9, 2023 - Valentine Crafts
March 9, 2023 - St. Patrick's Day Crafts and Easter Crafts
April 13, 2023 - Spring Crafts
May 11, 2023 - Mother's Day and Father's Day Crafts




HARVEST OF FRIENDSHIP: A Thanksgiving Story Time

Features cozy tales of friendship and families.

Join Mrs. Reasoner, Children's Librarian
as she resumes in-person Story Times!

We all will be wearing our favorite fall colors!  How about you?

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In-person Story Time is designed for 3-year-olds through 2nd graders.

Registration is required due to space limitations.

Click HERE to register.



STOCKINGFUL OF JOY: A Winter Holiday Story Time




Features stories of Santa Claus & his reindeer and the winter season.

Join Mrs. Reasoner, Children's Librarian
as she resumes in-person Story Times!

We will all be wearing our favorite holiday colors!  How about you?

Tuesday, December 20, 2022 from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In-person Story Time is designed for 3-year-olds through 2nd graders.

Registration is required due to space limitations.

Click HERE to register.


Overnight at the Library - 2018

On the evening of July 17, 2018, following Pajamboree Story Time, there was an "Overnight at the Library" with special guests of the Story Timers! Click on the link below to see pictures of their adventures!

Pajamboree 2018 Photographs

Overnight at the Library - 2017

On the evening of July 18, 2017, following Pajamboree Story Time, there was an "Overnight at the Library" with special guests of the Story Timers! Click on the link below to see pictures of their adventures!

Pajamboree 2017 Photographs

Overnight at the Library - 2016

On the evening of July 12, 2016, following Pajamboree Story Time, there was an "Overnight at the Library" with special  guests of the Story Timers! Click on the link below to see a slideshow of their escapades!