Storytime Programs

Programs for children 12 months to 5 years

Reading Challenges

Ask about Our New Grade School Reading Challenges!

Sandburg Library Programs

30100 Seven Mile Rd.

One City, One Book

The Livonia Public Library along with the Livonia Library Commission invites you to join us in participating in the One City, One Book project. The 2022 themes were mental health and mindfulness. We look forward to announcing our new 2023 book and themes soon.

 

Book Bundles

Need help picking out books? The Children’s Librarians at the Livonia Public Library have been busy putting together book bundles to help! Each bundle will include 3-10 books  based on a common theme. You may even find a surprise inside! Use the forms below to request a bundle, and a staff member will call you to schedule a pickup time. 

Use these forms to request a book bundle:

Bennett Civic Center Library:

Carl Sandburg Library:

 

Dial-a-Story

We are excited to announce our new Dial-a-Story service — our always available phone number where you can listen to stories for free! New stories will be added monthly. You may even hear a story read by your favorite librarian! Call (734) 884-4400 to reach our Dial-a-Story.

 

TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten

Did you know that a child’s brain develops the fastest from birth to age 5? Little ones learn best through daily interactions with parents and caregivers, and the new “TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten” program is here to help! Sign up and receive just two texts a week with simple early literacy activities that can easily be incorporated into every day routines. The service also notifies parents of free activities and services at the library. To sign up, text TALK to 75547, or visit texttolearn.com for more information. 

 

2022 Early Literacy Activities Calendar

Click here for twelve months of learning activities, book lists, nursery rhymes, and more.

Storytime Programs

Storytime Programs

Programs for children 12 months to 5 years

Fun for Ones Baby Storytime*

Ages 12 to 23 months with parent or loving caregiver.
Songs, simple stories, and other activities that introduce our youngest patrons to the pleasures of the library. Registration required online, in person at the Bennett Civic Center Children’s Reference Desk, or by phone at 734–466–2493, beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Click here for more information.

@ Bennett Civic Center 
Mondays, January 9 – February 13 (No session January 16. Registration begins Tuesday, January 3, 2023)
10:15-10:35 a.m. OR
11-11:20 a.m.

 
Terrific Twos Toddler Storytime*

Ages 24 to 36 months.
Stories, fingerplays, and large movement activities for that terrific two in your life. Registration required online, in person at the Bennett Civic Center Children’s Reference Desk, or by phone at 734–466–2493, beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Click here for more information.

@ Bennett Civic Center 
Tuesdays, January 10 – February 21 (Registration begins Tuesday, January 3, 2023)
10:15-10:45 a.m. OR
11-11:30 a.m.

 
Tip Top Toddler Storytime*

Ages 2-3.
Toddlers and their grown-ups are invited for stories, finger plays, action songs, and more! Registration required online, in person at the Bennett Civic Center Children’s Reference Desk, or by phone at 734–466–2493, beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Click here for more information.

@ Bennett Civic Center 
Wednesdays, January 11 – February 22 (Registration begins Tuesday, January 3, 2023)
10:15-10:45 a.m. OR
11:15-11:45 a.m.

@ Carl Sandburg 
Thursdays, January 12 – February 23 (no registration required.)
10:15 a.m.

 
Peppy Preschool Storytime*

Ages 3 to 5.
Stories, action songs, games and a small take-home craft. Registration required online, in person at the Bennett Civic Center Children’s Reference Desk, or by phone at 734–466–2493, beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Click here for more information.

@ Bennett Civic Center 
Thursdays, January 12 – February 23 (Registration begins Tuesday, January 3, 2023)
10:15-10:45 a.m. OR
11:15-11:45 a.m.

@ Carl Sandburg 
Thursdays, January 12 – February 23 (no registration required.)
11:15 a.m.

Reading Challenges

Reading Challenges

Register for all of these programs (plus some for grownups) at livonialibrary.beanstack.org. You can also register at the Children’s Reference Desk.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

For any child from birth until they enter kindergarten.

You are invited to participate in this FREE program which encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their children before they start kindergarten. It’s easy to participate. Mark off the books you have read on your reading log. When you reach 100, show us your log to receive your prize and your new reading log. As children reach their milestones, their names will be displayed in the Livonia Public Libraries on our walls of fame. Sign up on Beanstack today! Click here for staff recommended books.

 
Kindergarten Challenge

 This challenge may be completed the June before kindergarten through the end of their kindergarten year.

Continue (or begin) your child’s reading journey by reading 100 books selected for you by the Livonia Public Library’s Children’s Librarians. Simply read a book and mark it off in Beanstack or on the paper log.

 
50 in First Challenge

 This challenge may be completed the June before first grade through the end of the school year.

Your child may be beginning to read on their own. Using the 25 pre-selected books and 25 of your child’s choice, complete the 50 in First Challenge by having your child read to you and/or read the books together. Simply read a book and mark it off in Beanstack or on the paper log.

 
Second Grade Storytellers

This challenge may be completed the June before second grade through the end of the school year.

One of the best ways for a child to increase their reading comprehension is to read and book and then tell you what happens. During second grade, you and your child can select 25 books to read together and then have your child tell you the story in their own words. Log the books in Beanstack or on the paper log.

 
Third Grade – True 25

 This challenge may be completed the June before third grade through the end of the school year.

Third graders can explore the world of nonfiction. Reading three books in six different categories (biography, social sciences, sciences, technology, poetry, and history/geography) plus seven books in whatever category they like, your child can complete the True 25 challenge. Simply read a book and mark it off in Beanstack or on the paper log.

 
Fourth Grade – Books Outside the Box

 This challenge may be completed the June before fourth grade through the end of the school year.

It is important for people to read about cultures outside of their own, and this challenge encourages fourth grade students to read five diverse books. These are books that take place in different countries, have characters of a different race or ethnicity, and/or characters with disabilities, just to name a few examples. Simply read a book and mark it off in Beanstack or on the paper log.

 
Tween Reading Challenge

 For Tween readers in grades 5-7. This challenge runs January – December and may be joined at any time.

Complete monthly and bonus challenges for a chance to win a fabulous prize. Sign up on Beanstack today!

 

Register for all of these Reading Challenges (plus some for grownups) at livonialibrary.beanstack.org. You can also register at the Children’s Reference Desk.

Civic Center Library Programs

Civic Center Library Programs

32777 Five Mile Rd

Saturday Cinema 
All ages welcome
Saturdays,  January 14, February 25, March 25, and April 29 at 2 p.m.
Join us for monthly G or PG movies in the Bennett Civic Center Library Auditorium! All ages welcome. Young children must be accompanied by an adult (no food or drink allowed in the auditorium). No registration required.

 

Tween Advisory Meeting*
Grades 5-7
Mondays, January 23 and March 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Tweens, do you have great ideas for programs you’d love to see at the library? Do you have opinions about the books you are reading that you’d love to share? Just love the library? Join us for a Tween Advisory Meeting! Chat about the books we love (and hate), talk about upcoming programs, have plenty of snacks, and earn community service credit through volunteer opportunities. For questions contact Kristen Jayska at (734) 466-2458 or kjayska@livoniapubliclibrary.org or Cathy Moeller at (248) 893-4010 or cmoeller@livoniapubliclibrary.org.

 

Science Saturdays*
Grades 3-4
Saturdays, January 21, February 18, and March 18 from 2-3 p.m.
How do we taste? Will it sink or float? How do airplanes stay in the air? Find answers to these questions with hands-on experiments and loads of fun! Online registration begins January 7.

 

Pirates!*
Grades 2-5
Saturday, February 11 from 1-2 p.m.
Come in costume! Learn about real pirates! Find out about adventures with pirates in children’s chapter books and movies. Play some games! Do some crafts! Registration begins January 28 online, in person, or by phone (734) 466-2493.

 

Family Board Game Night
Recommended for ages 8+
Thursday, February 16 from 6-7:45 p.m.
Bring the family for a fun bonding experience playing board games from the library’s collection. Staff will be on hand to explain the rules and guide the fun, and games played will be available for checkout after the program.

 

Preschool Open House
All ages welcome
 Saturday, February 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Are you looking for a Preschool for your little scholar? Stop by the Bennett Civic Center Library to chat with area preschools. Are you a preschool that would like a table? Contact Karen Smith at ksmith@livoniapubliclibrary.org for more information. No registration required for families.

 

Stuffy Sleepover*
Grades K-2
 Saturday, February 25 from 4-4:30 p.m.
Bring your stuffy for a bedtime snack and story time, then let your stuffies sleep over in the library! When you pick up your stuffy on Sunday, we’ll have breakfast and a slideshow of all the mischief the stuffies got into overnight! Online registrations begins Saturday, February 11.

 

Marvelous Mysteries!* 
Grades 2-5
Saturday, March 11 from 1-2 p.m.
Learn about cyphers, codes and solving mysteries using clues! Find out about mysteries in children’s chapter books and movies. Play some games! Do some crafts! Get handouts to find out more fun books and neat websites! Registration begins February 28 in person or by phone (734) 466-2493.

 

Scavenger Hunts 
All ages welcome
Can you find all of the special characters hidden across the children’s room? Find all six of them, tell a librarian, and get a special prize to take home!

January: Winter
February: Funny February

 

Craft Kit
Pick up a Children’s Craft kit at the Bennett Civic Center Library, while supplies last.  New Crafts available every month. For even more fun, call in to our Dial-a-Story line (734-884-4400) and listen to stories read by your favorite librarians!

 

Nature Nook with Braille-Enhanced Storywalk®
Enjoy some fresh air and a story! Located behind the Bennett Civic Center Library the Nature Nook was designed and completed by Eagle Scout Candidate Matthew Sas and the Storywalk® was funded by the Livonia AM Rotary. Seedlings Braille Books for Children provided the Braille enhancement. Stories will be available in the Nature Nook from about April through October.

 

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt 
All ages welcome
Grab your family, get outside, and try to find the items on this outdoor scavenger hunt we created. You can also check out our Summer Reading Scavenger Hunts:

Scavenger Hunt :#1
Scavenger Hunt #2
Scavenger Hunt #3

 

Homeschooling Resources 
All ages welcome
Looking for ideas to keep kids reading, thinking, and learning? Try some of these free Homeschooling Resourcesincluding virtual tours, educational resources, and kid-friendly livestreams.

Sandburg Library Programs

Sandburg Library Programs

30100 Seven Mile Rd.

STORYTIMES
See our Storytime information.

 

Girls in STEM*
Girls ages 8-15
Tuesdays, January 24, February 21, and March 21 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Run by students from the Math/Science/Computer program at Churchill High School, the Girls in STEM program is a fun, hands-on STEM learning program for girls ages 8-15 years who are interested in science. We will do hands-on activities that highlight the importance of women in STEM, including basic science and programming activities. Please contact Librarian Cathy Moeller at cmoeller@livoniapubliclibrary.org with any questions. Registration required.

 

STEM JR*
Grades 2-4
Tuesdays, December 6, January 10, and February 7 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Come explore basic science principles in a fun, hands-on program!  Registration required.

 

Don’t Read This Book!*
Grades 5-7
Monday, December 5 and February 13 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
A crafty, trivia, sometimes book club just for Tweens! All registered participants will be able to pick up a free copy of the book and some crafty goodies three weeks before the program, beginning November 14. This month we’ll be reading The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry. During the program we’ll hang out, compete for trivia prizes, do a themed craft, and talk about the book! Registration required.

 

Crayons, Glitter, & Glue
Ages 3-6
Thursdays, December 8 and 15 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
A Storytime with ART!

 

Tween Movie Night*
Grades 5-7
Friday, January 13 at 6 p.m.
A special after-hours event just for Tweens! We’ll have the library to ourselves as we watch a great movie and do some themed activities. Registration required.

 

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt 
All ages welcome
Grab your family, get outside, and try to find the items on this outdoor scavenger hunt we created. You can also check out our Summer Reading Scavenger Hunts:

Scavenger Hunt :#1
Scavenger Hunt #2
Scavenger Hunt #3

 

Tween Volunteers 
Interested in volunteering? Visit our Volunteer page for more information.

 

Homeschooling Resources 
All ages welcome
Looking for ideas to keep kids reading, thinking, and learning? Try some of these free Homeschooling Resourcesincluding virtual tours, educational resources, and kid-friendly livestreams.

 

*Registration required in person or by phone.


Children under the age of five must be accompanied by a parent or a responsible caregiver over the age of 17 at all times (refer to the Livonia Public Library’s Unattended Children Policy). Children ages five through ten may use the library and attend library programs independently while a parent or caregiver over the age of 17 remains in the library. Please make arrangements for other siblings as necessary.

Robert and Janet Bennett
Civic Center Library


32777 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 466-2491


Mon - Thurs: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun: 1-5 p.m. (September-May)

Alfred Noble Library


32901 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150


Due to a building problem,
Alfred Noble Library will be
closed until further notice.
Click here for more info.

Carl Sandburg Library


30100 Seven Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: (248) 893-4010


Mon & Tue: 12-8 p.m.
Wed & Thurs: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vest Pocket Library


15218 Farmington Road
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: (734) 466-2559


Mon: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tue: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wed: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thurs: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fri: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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