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2019 Gift of Reading Project Totals

To celebrate the holiday season, the Tecumseh District Library coordinated its traditional
"Gift of Reading" project from late November through mid-December.
This endeavor provided the Tecumseh Service Club with new books for children and teens to add to the traditional Christmas baskets of food, clothing, and toys.
We received $770 and 362 new books in donations! We so appreciate the generosity of our patrons, current and alumni Trustees & Staff members,
the Tecumseh Book Friends Book Club, and other community members in providing books to children who may not have a book to call their very own!
Mrs. Reasoner, Children's Services Librarian

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.

for each session! 

A Waiting List will be available, if needed.

THEME for 2019 - 2020:  ART and MUSIC

October 21, 2019
JAZZ BABY by Lisa Wheeler
Craft:  Making Oatmeal Container Drums

November 25, 2019
A DAY WITH NO CRAYONS by Elizabeth Rusch
Craft: Making a large collage on the floor
with colorful items not using crayons!

January 27, 2020
Craft: Making a paper plate & yarn lion mask 
Click HERE to register!


March 2, 2020 = Snow Date

April 20, 2020
Craft: Constructing an elephant out of heart shapes holding a paint brush

Click HERE to register!

May 11, 2020
by Second Grade Students of East Washington Academy
Click HERE to register!
Craft: Making an abstract cat collage


Featured Book for our third session in January:
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A little bird discovers why the lion's tail changes color each day.
Featured Art Focus for January:
Making a paper plate and yarn lion mask


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!


Spring 2020 Story Times

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

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.

Call 423-2238 to sign-up for
each individual program you wish to attend
or register online.

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.

Hearts & Hugs

A Valentine Story Time on
Tuesday evening
February 11th

Wear your favorite shade
of pink or red!

Features stories about Valentine's Day, valentines, friendship and family love!

Click HERE to register
for this February program.

Pot O' Gold

Tuesday evening, March 17th

Wear your favorite shade
of green or gold!

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Features a treasure trove of
Mrs. Reasoner's favorite Story Time books, songs and poems!

Click HERE to register
for this March program.

Participation Guidelines

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

Story Time Classroom Visits - Spring 2020

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.
423-2238 voicemail extension: 15


Courtesy Guidelines

The focus of everyone in the room during Story Time is centered on the children and the program.

Therefore, all technical 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

A Free 30-minute program featuring short solo selections
by musicians from the 
Adrian Symphony Orchestra.

Caryn Sieler, a music and movement specialist 
and owner of Lenawee’s Heart & Soul,
will be leading the programs with interactive themes
which include rhymes, songs and picture books

that encourage children to sing, clap, move and listen carefully.

A family program designed especially for 50 children
ages 2-years-old to 6-years-old and their caregivers.

~ Saturday, March 28, 2020  ~


Can Unicorns Have Two Horns?

Featured Musicians:

Colleen Conway
will be playing her horn.

Wynne Marsh will be playing her keyboard.

Featured Book told by Caryn Sieler:

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A powerful, shared wish helps Uni the unicorn and the little girl who believes in him
to save the land of unicorns from seemingly endless rain.

THREE different times at THREE locations:

9:30 a.m. at Stair District Library in Morenci (458-6510)
11:30 a.m. at Adrian District Library (265-2265)

1:30 p.m. at Tecumseh District Library (423-2238)

Registration is required for EACH program
at the location you plan to attend due to limited space!


To register for the TDL program,

call 423-2238 or click HERE.

(Online registrations will receive an automatic confirmation.)


"Music Moves Me" is fully funded through ASO sponsorships,
Art Works-National Endowment for the Arts and
grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Minigrant program.
It is administered by the 
Arts Alliance of Ann Arbor.

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Stair District Library in Morenci                                                                  


Third and Fourth Graders are invited to five After School Make and Take Holiday Craft Programs.  All classes will meet on the following Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Imagination Station!
Registration is required!
Call 517-423-2238 or click below to register for each individual session on the calendar.
October 24, 2019 - Halloween and Thanksgiving Crafts
December 12, 2019 - Christmas and Winter Crafts

February 6, 2020 - Valentine's Day Crafts
Click HERE to Register

March 5, 2020 - St. Patrick's Day and Spring Crafts  

April 9, 2020 - Spring, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Patriotic Crafts
Click HERE to Register 

Story Time Stars
designed for three-year-olds through 2nd graders

A series of four week Wednesday Morning Story Time
meetings from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join Mrs. Reasoner for short tales, longer stories, songs and poetry!

Registration is required for each session of four weeks!
Registration is required.

Session 3: January 8, 2020 - February 5th
Registration is a tentative commitment for all five Wednesdays of Session 3!
Click HERE to Register

Session 4 - RESCHEDULED TO March 25th - April 22nd!

Session 4: Original dates were February 26th - March 25th
Registration is a tentative commitment for all five Wednesdays of Session 4!
Click HERE to Register

Session 5 - RESCHEDULED TO May 6th - June 3rd!
Session 5: Original dates were April 22nd - May 20th

Registration is a tentative commitment for all five Wednesdays of Session 5!
Click HERE to Register



2019 All-County Bookmark Contest Winners for TDL
Tecumseh District Library is pleased to announce its six
All-County Bookmark Contest winners!


Kindergarten - 1st Grade - 2nd Grade Category:

Natalie Whiteley - Kindergarten - Madison Elementary School

 3rd Grade - 4th Grade Category:

Broden Manchester4th Grade - Clinton Elementary School

5th Grade - 6th Grade Category:

Lily Griewahn - 5th Grade - Tecumseh Compass Learning Center

7th Grade - 12th Grade Category:

Ryan Hand - 10th Grade - Tecumseh High School
Ilsiya Shakirova - 10th Grade - Tecumseh High School
Tori Tidswell - 12th Grade - Tecumseh High School
Tori's design also worn for BEST OF LENAWEE COUNTY
in this category!


Our six winners will receive certificates of achievement and copies of their bookmarks at a special awards ceremony on April 27th.
After the ceremony, copies of all six winners' bookmarks will be available in the library's Children's Section,Tween shelves,
and Teen Area and near the Circulation Desk for patrons to take.
Congratulations to our latest creative artists!
Their designs will soon be featured on the web page.



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

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

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!

The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the 2019
"Ready to Read Michigan" book selection Touch the Brightest Star
written and illustrated by Christie Matheson


This interactive bedtime story proves nighttime isn't scary at all. 
The gentle journey from sunset to sunrise shows even the youngest children the magic of the nighttime sky - and lets them make magic happen!


With lush, beautiful watercolors and cut-paper collage, Christie Matheson reveals the magic of the nighttime sky, using toddler-perfect interactive elements.

Wave good-bye to the sun, gently press the firefly, make a wish on a star,
rub the owls on their heads, and ... shhhh!
No two readings of this book with its gentle soothing rhythm will be the same.



Christie Matheson is the author of the acclaimed picture books 
Tap the Magic TreeBird Watch, and Plant the Tiny Seed. Her three young children like to take her birding in the Presidio of San Francisco.



The Library of Michigan’s Ready to Read Michigan program encourages reading aloud regularly to children during the early stages of life (birth up to age 5), as it ensures the development of early literacy skills and instills a love of reading.  The program is designed for public librarians to model early literacy skill development directly to families and engage in outreach to early childhood centers, classrooms and daycares throughout their community.


 This program is made possible by grant funds
from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (
IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.
Additional support provided by Bloomsbury Publishing, Consumers Energy
and the Library of Michigan Foundation.

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More information about "Ready to Read Michigan!" including materials for parents, teachers and caregivers is available at this link:
2019 Ready to Read Michigan Programming and Resource Guide.