Reading is critical to a child’s literacy development, especially between the ages of birth to five years old when their brain experiences the greatest amount of growth. It’s been proven the more times a child is read to during the week, the higher their chances are of recognizing every letter of the alphabet. Reading impacts the brain power in adults too, as frequent brain exercise such as reading helps to lower mental decline by 32 percent.
To experience the benefits of reading, support National Library Week (April 8-14) by visiting a local library in your community. Here are just a few that can help you make the most of the weeklong holiday.
- Grosse Pointe Public Library: On Tuesday and Thursday mornings of National Library week, the library is offering coffee and doughnuts and a “No Fines Day” for overdue items returned on Wednesday that week. Check out what else is happening here!
- Detroit Public Libraries: There are plenty of events to attend during the week, with something for all ages. Research what the local branch near you has going on.
- Capital Area District Libraries: Visit the Downtown Lansing branch to partake in Read to a Dog Day on Tuesday, April 10. It’s also Patron Appreciation Day at all branches on Wednesday, April 11 to celebrate CADL’s 20th anniversary!
- Grand Rapids Public Libraries: A free public library since 1871, there is plenty to explore at any of the eight branches. Learn more about Grand Rapids history by visiting the fourth floor of the Main Library or check out the various branch events happening across town.
- Public Libraries of Saginaw: Join their new reading program, “1000 Books Before Kindergarten,” and visit any branch with your family during National Library Week to encourage literacy in your home.
- Traverse Area District Library: Among the six public libraries included in this district, you’re sure to find plenty to experience for all ages. Visit their events page for ways to engage during National Library Week.
Find out what else is going on in your community, by exploring the “Your Neighborhood” section on Empowering Michigan.