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2019 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 and bring the unwrapped books to the library's Circulation Desk between Friday, November 29th and Monday, December 16th.  (Please do not drop them off in the bookdrops.)
  • 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 16th.  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 Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Doreen Cronin, Mercer Mayer, Robert Munsch,
      Laura Numeroff, Dav Pilkey, Patricia Polacco, Cynthia Rylant, Mo Willems, and Karma Wilson
    • Books about Clifford the Big Red Dog, Curious George, Elephant & Piggie, Fancy Nancy, Fly Guy, Franklin, Froggy, Henry & Mudge, Llama Llama, Pete the Cat, and Thomas the Tank Engine.
    • Alphabet books
    • Hidden picture series such as I SpyLook-alikes, and Where's Waldo?
    • Sturdy, colorful board books for toddlers - always needed
  • Juvenile fiction
    • Books by popular children's authors, such as Chris Colfer, Bruce Coville, Jane O’Connor, Dav Pilkey, Johnathon Rand, Janet Tashjian, and Gertrude C. Warner
    • Popular juvenile series such as the Ballpark Mysteries, Galaxy Zack, Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training,  Judy Moody, Land of Stories, Magic Tree House, Owl Diaries, Puppy Place, and the “Who Was . . .?” series
  • Juvenile non-fiction
    • Books about animals, construction equipment, crafts, fairy tales, folklore, drawing, dinosaurs, LEGOS, nursery rhymes, space, sports, trucks, and trains.
    • Poetry collections by Julie Andrews, Caroline Kennedy, Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein
    • Educational activity books, coloring books, pop-up books, lift-the-flap books
  • Tween and Teen fiction, including the newest titles in popular romance, mystery, adventure, fantasy, and science fiction series by Gayle Forman, Stuart Gibbs, Chris Grabenstein,  John Green, Erin Hunter, Pittacus Lore, Mike Lupica, Chris Lynch, Brandon Mull, Lauren Oliver, R. J. Palacio, James Patterson, Lincoln Pearce, Jason Reynolds, Ransom Riggs, Rick Riordan, Brian Selznick, and Maggie Stiefvator.

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.


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!



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
Click HERE to Register

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

March 5, 2020 - St. Patrick's Day and Spring Crafts  
Click HERE to Register

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

Fall 2019 Story Times

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

Registration is required!

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.

A Pajama Story Time on Tuesday evening, September 24th

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

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

Click HERE to register online for this September program!

A Halloween Story Time on Tuesday evening, October 29th

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!

Click HERE to register online for this October program!

Harvest Of Friendship
A Thanksgiving Story Time on Tuesday evening, November 26th
Wear your favorite fall colors! Features cozy tales of friendship and families.

Click HERE to register online for this November program!

A Stockingful of Joy

A Holiday Story Time on Tuesday evening, December 17th

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

Click HERE to register online for this December program!

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

Story Time Classroom Visits - Fall 2019

  • 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

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 2: November 6 - December 4th
Registration is a tentative commitment for all five Wednesdays of Session 2!
Click HERE to Register

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: February 26th - March 25th

Registration is a tentative commitment for all five Wednesdays of Session 4!
Click HERE to Register

Session 5: 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.