As always, the Public is invited to attend all Library Commission Meetings and Library events. The Library will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities upon adequate notice. If you need assistance, please call the Bennett Civic Center Library at 734-466-2491 or email lvcc@livoniapubliclibrary.org.
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.

TALK: Text and Learn for Kindergarten

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.

TumbleBookLibrary

Our Library has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary, and your family can access it from home! It’s unlimited, and FREE for you to use! Explore animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, and more! Happy Tumbling!

Click here for more digital downloads

Library Book Bundles

Book Bundles

Need help picking out books? The Children’s Librarians at the Livonia Public Library can put together book bundles to help! Each bundle will include 3-10 books based on a common theme. Fill out a form to request a bundle or stop by the Bennett Civic Center Library to browse our ready-to-go picture book bundles!

Image of Tween March Madness Bracket. 8 Tween book titles. Click for the full size March Madness bracket sheet.

Tween March Book Madness

Eight books compete for the ultimate title. Read the books and get ready to name the 2024 March Book Madness Champion!

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. Click here for more information.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Mondays, March 11 – April 29 (Registration begins Monday, March 4, 2024)
10:15-10:35 a.m. OR
11-11:20 a.m.

 
Rhythm & Rhyme*
Ages 2-4 with a grown-up.
20 minutes of fast-paced, storytime action: dancing, musical instruments, books, and fun! Registration required online, in person at the Bennett Civic Center Children’s Reference Desk, or by phone at 734–466–2493. Click here for more information.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Tuesdays, March 12 – April 30 (Registration begins Monday, March 4, 2024)
10:15-10:35 a.m. OR
10:55-11:15 a.m. OR
11:30-11:50 a.m. OR
2:15-2:35 p.m.


Tip Top Toddler Storytime*
Ages 2-3.
Toddlers and their grown-ups are invited for stories, action songs, sign language and more! Registration required online, in person at the Bennett Civic Center Children’s Reference Desk, or by phone at 734–466–2493. Click here for more information.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Wednesdays, March 13 – May 1 (Registration begins Monday, March 4, 2024)
10:15-10:40 a.m. OR
11:15-11:40 a.m.

@ Carl Sandburg
Thursdays, March 14 – May 2 (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. Click here for more information.

@ Bennett Civic Center
Thursdays, March 14 – May 2 (Registration begins Monday, March 4, 2024)
10:15-10:45 a.m. OR
11:15-11:45 a.m.

@ Carl Sandburg
Thursdays, March 14 – May 2 (no registration required)
11 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!

Smokey Bear Reading Challenge
Challenge is geared for ages 4 to 10, but all ages are welcome. This challenge runs January 1st to November 28th, 2024 and may be joined at any time.
Smokey Bear turns 80 this year! Join Smokey in completing a reading challenge to learn about wildfires and the environment in honor of his birthday. Register 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

Board of Library Tweens (BLTs) Meeting*
Grades 5-7
Mondays, March 11 and May 6 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 Board of Library Tweens 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.


Sensory Shenanigans
Ages 3-8
Saturdays, March 23 and April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Children of all abilities and ages benefit from sensory-based play. It stimulates the brain and helps develop fine and gross motor skills. Children will experience different types of sensory stations with their caregivers. Please wear appropriate clothing that can get wet and a little messy! No registration required.


Creative Play Saturday
Grades K-3
Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Creative play is a crucial element in child development. During this drop-in event, children can build a structure with wooden logs, get creative with math, design an artistic masterpiece using fruit, and more!


My First Book Club*
Grades K-2 with a grown-up
Saturday, May 4 from 10:30-11 a.m.
An introduction to book clubs, during this program we will answer some questions and do a fun activity related to an exciting book we read. The book is yours to keep! Registration required.


Kids & Comics*
Grades 3-4
Saturday, May 4 from 2-3 p.m.
Do you love graphic novels? Then join us for the Kids & Comics book club! We’ll talk about the book, do something crafty related to the book, have some snacks, and just hang out! Registration required beginning Saturday, September 16.


Diggin’ Dinos*
Birth – Grade 4
Saturday, March 16 from 1-3 p.m.
We’re going to have a dino-roaring good time at the Diggin’ Dinos Party! Dino tooth necklaces – we got them! Dino eggs – we got those, too! And of course, a dino bone dig! Please register so that we have a headcount, but feel free to drop in anytime between 1pm and 3pm! Registration required beginning Saturday, March 2.


Spring Art ala Carte
All ages welcome
May 5-18 during regular library hours Love our Holiday Art ala Carte? Join us for the spring version! Several spring crafts to make. Samples and instructions will be provided. Adult supervision is required.


Scavenger Hunts
All ages welcome
New every month! 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!


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 Resources, including virtual tours, educational resources, and kid-friendly livestreams.

Sandburg Library Programs

Sandburg Library Programs

30100 Seven Mile Rd.

STORYTIMES
See our Storytime information.


Graphic Novel Book Club*
Grades 5-7
Mondays, March 18 and May 13 from 6-7 p.m.
A book club dedicated to our favorite graphic novels. A copy of the book will be available for pick up at the Sandburg Library three weeks before the meeting date. Registration required.


Don’t Read This Book!*
Grades 5-7
Monday, April 22 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
A crafty, trivia, sometimes book club just for Tweens in grades 5-7! This month we are reading Loot by Jude Watson. All registered participants will be able to pick up a free copy of the book and some crafty goodies. During the program we’ll hang out, compete for trivia prizes, do a themed craft, and talk about the book! Registration required.


Chess Club
Grades 5-12
Thursdays, March 14, April 11, and May 9 from 4-5:30 p.m.
Are you looking to hone your chess strategy? If you know how to play chess and need a friend to play against, join us for a drop-in chess club. Learn from each other and see who comes out on top!


STEM Jr.
Ages 8-12
Tuesdays, March 19, and April 16 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Hands-on science fun! Registration Required.


Cookies & Canvas*
Grades 5-12
Tuesday, April 23 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Let your creativity shine with a paint night just for you, snacks included! All supplies provided. Registration required beginning April 2.


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.


*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 9 p.m.
Fri & Sat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun: 1-5 p.m. (September-May)

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.

Alfred Noble Library


32901 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150


Closed in 2019 due to
structural issues
and water damage.

Click here for more info.

Vest Pocket Library


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


Mon – Fri: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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