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Message from the Director:
The Tecumseh District Library will be closed through April 13 due to recommendations by the Michigan Library Association that all public libraries in Michigan close until that time in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Due dates on materials currently checked out will be extended. MEL (inter-library loan) has suspended service until further notice. The book drop will be closed and library staff will not be working.

We have a wide variety of electronic resources that can be enjoyed from home.  You can find the links on our website: www.tecumsehlibrary.org

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.
Susan Bach
 

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constitutes consent to be photographed
for use in print and/or electronic publicity
for the Tecumseh District Library!




ALERT!
THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED
TO THE END OF APRIL!




2020 All-County Bookmark Contest
Theme to illustrate:
Imagine Your Story

Tecumseh District Library (TDL) is participating in the 49th All-County Bookmark Contest sponsored by the Lenawee District Library. The Bookmark Contest is a long-standing tradition at Lenawee District Library and its branches and expanded in 2007 to include independent libraries from throughout the county.

The winning entries from TDL will be entered in the "Best of Lenawee” Bookmark Contest, along with winning entries from other participating libraries in the county from Addison, Adrian, Blissfield, Britton, Clayton, Clinton, Deerfield, Hudson, Morenci, and Onsted, as well as the Lenawee District Library.

Entry Information 
  • Open to students living or attending school in Lenawee County

  • Official entry forms are available at the Circulation Desk and in the Children's, Tween, and Teen areas or may be downloaded by clicking HERE.

  • The design must be original. Please do not trace or or copy images or use a computer to create the design.

  • All entries must be drawn in BLACK &WHITE and submitted on the official entry form - NO COLORS!

  • Participant's name, personal address, personal phone number, school and grade MUST be complete and readable. Incomplete entries will not be judged.

  • This year's theme is:
    "Imagine Your Story".

  • The winning entries will be judged on the basis of
    • originality
    • neatness
    • how well the design illustrates the theme
  • Entries may be turned in at the front Circulation Desk through Thursday, April 30th at 8 p.m.

Quick Tips
  • Practice your design first on other sheets of paper.
  • Completely erase all unwanted pencil marks!
  • You must use the stated theme. 
  • The words in your design must be easily read. (Not too tiny!)
  • Use your best penmanship!
Selection of Winners
  • Two winners will be chosen by library staff members from each of the following four grade categories:
    • Kindergarten, 1st Grade & 2nd Grade
    • 3rd Grade & 4th Grade
    • 5th Grade & 6th Grade
    • 7th Grade through 12th Grade
  • Winners will be notified by mail during the week of April 6th.
  • The winning entries will be entered into the "Best of Lenawee” Bookmark Contest for a chance to win a $100.00 gift card.
Recognition Each of TDL's eight winners will receive
  • a certificate of achievement,
  • printed copies of their bookmark,
  • an invitation to a special Awards Program held in their honor at the Madison School District Performing Arts Center
    near Adrian on Saturday, April 25th at 2 p.m. featuring magician Andrew Martin.

A highlight of the Awards Program will be the announcement of the "Best of Lenawee” Bookmarks.

For More Information

For more information, contact Mary Beth Reasoner, Children's Services Librarian, at 423‑2238
or e-mail 
mbreasoner@tecumsehlibrary.org






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 five weeks!
Registration is required.

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Session 4's March and April Sessions
Have Been Cancelled!

I look forward to seeing you in May!
Mrs. Reasoner



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
 


AFTER SCHOOL
HOLIDAY CRAFTS PROGRAMS
FOR THIRD AND FOURTH GRADERS!

 
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.
                  
SESSION DATES
October 24, 2019 - Halloween and Thanksgiving Crafts
December 12, 2019 - Christmas and Winter Crafts
February 6, 2020 - Valentine's Day Crafts
March 5, 2020 - St. Patrick's Day and Spring Crafts (Cancelled)


               
April 9th's Session Has Been Cancelled!

                      


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

Presented by STORYBOOK ARTVENTURE Guides
Caryn Sieler and Valorie Veld of Lenawee's Heart & Soul, Children's Art and Music Studio
 

ADVENTURE THROUGH A STORYBOOK AND INTO ART!

Join us on a STORYBOOK ARTVENTURE
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.

Five FREE SESSIONS WILL BE PRESENTED IN 2019-2020:

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


10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED
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
THE LION AND THE LITTLE RED BIRD by Elisa Kleven
Craft: Making a paper plate & yarn lion mask 



April 20, 2020
ELLIE IN CONCERT by Mike Wu
Craft: Constructing an elephant out of heart shapes holding a paint brush

Click HERE to register!


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

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Featured Book for our fourth session in April:

 SUMMARY   
When the noise from energetic zoo animals keeps Lucy the giraffe awake,
Ellie the elephant tries to tone down the ruckus
by organizing the animals into an orchestra.

Featured Art Focus for April:
Making a heart-shaped elephant holding a paint brush.

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STORYBOOK ARTVENTURE GUIDES


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 www.lenaweesheartandsoul.com

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!

 



THANKS!

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


                                                    

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
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 3rd Grade - 4th Grade Category:

Broden Manchester4th Grade - Clinton Elementary School
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5th Grade - 6th Grade Category:

Lily Griewahn - 5th Grade - Tecumseh Compass Learning Center
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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!

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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.

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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!



https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_N4EIDAU7ocemZoV2ZEclNqd0U


The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce the 2020
"Ready to Read Michigan" book selection A Parade of Elephants
written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

 
SUMMARY

Follow five joyful elephants as they march about their day,
counting and exploring opposites from dawn to dusk.
Kevin Henkes’ simple, repetitive text and
carefully constructed illustrations using beautifully muted colors
encourage young children to develop a sense of spatial awareness.

 
MEET THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR: Kevin Henkes

Biography

“I’ve been writing and illustrating children’s books for thirty years.
It’s the only real job I’ve ever had.

When my work is going well, it’s transformative.
I feel as if I’ve been removed from ordinary time
and am living in some parallel universe, a world of grace and wonder.

Books are often the first exposure to art that children have.
Keeping that in mind urges me to make the very best books possible.
I know how important the books from my childhood were (and are)
to me. Without them, I might not be a writer and artist today.

Sometimes I’ll hear from a parent about how a book of mine has insinuated itself
into the heart of his or her child, or how a phrase from one of my books has
become part of the family’s daily jargon.
I love that.
But most of all, I love sitting alone in a quiet room drawing
and painting and writing. I love my job.”

– Kevin Henkes
www.kevinhenkes.com

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The Story of "READY TO READ MICHIGAN"

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.

Support

 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.

IMLS logo     CE Logo
     

More information about "Ready to Read Michigan!" including materials for parents, teachers and caregivers is available at this link:
2020 Ready to Read Michigan Programming and Resource Guide.