Get Out and Get Active with a Michigan Activity Pass (MAP)

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Discover Michigan with your Library Card!

This year’s summer reading program, Ready Set Read, is all about health and wellness and what better way to get active than by exploring all the wonderful sites and events that Michigan has to offer!

The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program offers library card-holders a free one-day pass to Michigan’s more than 400 national and state parks, historic sites, historical and cultural landmarks, forest campgrounds and recreation areas.   Seven National Park Service sites in Michigan and 13 other locales are to be added to the upcoming Michigan Activity Pass program, which will run from May 24 to May 23, 2017.

Library users with a valid library card may print a pass, either from home or at the library*, via the Michigan Activity Pass website .  Some venues offer complimentary or reduced price admission; others, discounts in their gift shop or other exclusive offers for MAP pass holders only.

Check out the 2016 Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) »

When you print out a MAP pass, you have 7 days to use it.

Parks, Museums, Historic Sites

Some of the participating cultural partners include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum in Marquette, the Monroe County Historical Museum, the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum in Mackinaw City, the Iron Mountain Iron Mine, Isle Royale National Park, Mackinaw Area Historical Society Heritage Village in Mackinaw City, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with many more.

More Ways to Get Active…

MI Big Green Gym

The MI Big Green Gym initiative is a partnership between Michigan Recreation and Park Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The program is designed to promote overall well-being and a healthy lifestyle through use of Michigan’s state, county, and local parks and recreation areas. The program is part of the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) and offers a calendar of fun outdoor events throughout the state.

Pure Michigan Fitness

The Pure Michigan Fitness program endorses local, regional and state events consistent with the Governor’s Council mission to promote healthy choices, while offering a physical activity event open to all participants, regardless of skill level or age.

Find an Event by using the sites Event Calendar to view a list of endorsed events that are searchable by date, keyword or ZIP code or take the Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge and earn rewards for participating in endorsed events!

Michigan Activity Pass presented by The Library Network

Presented by The Library Network, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Culture Source, and the Library of Michigan.

*normal printing charges apply

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Top Ten Ways to Use DDL on Vacation or Staycation during Spring Break

Spring Break is almost here! Whether you’re planning to travel with your family , or stay home and “staycation” your DeWitt District Library (DDL) card gives you access to great resources that will most certainly enhance your Spring Break activities. Here is our top ten list of ways to enjoy DDL at home or on the go…all for FREE!maxresdefault

#10. Check out music from DDL. With over 550 albums in our collection, you won’t have to listen to the same song over and over, unless you want to!

#9.  Read digital magazines from Flipster.  Use any one of your mobile devices to take the latest issues of our most popular magazines with you in the car, on the plane, at the beach, or on your back deck!

#8.  Borrow some movies.  Need a little quiet time in the car? Check out a few kids’ DVDs that you can’t recite by heart…yet.  Need a stay-cation movie night? Pop the popcorn and enjoy one or more new DVD releases.  With over 4,500 movies in our collection…there’s a movie for you.

#7. Listen to engaging Audiobooks. We have more than 2,500! Download and listen to MP3 audiobooks from our Digital Library, or come checkout our collection of audiobooks on CD!  Audiobooks provide hours of entertainment and with selections in children’s, teen and adult, you’re sure to find a story that everyone will love.

#6. Make Teen Fandom Crafts. Drop your teens (6th grade and up) off at the library to to create fandom swag and discuss with other teens the stuff they geek the most.

#5. Go on a Library Scavenger Hunt. Work together with your family on Tuesday, April 5th to find the answers to our Library Super-User Scavenger Hunt and win cool library swag from our treasure chest!

#4. Play Life-sized Candyland with the whole family. Visit the library on Wednesday, April 6th between 11 am and 3 pm to step into a life-sized version of this much loved children’s game where you and your family become the game pieces.8b621ed2d4778f4e5e2c834187a738c0

#3. Zoom through Tape Town.  Children ages 2 – 8 years old and their caregivers are invited to bring their Hotwheels and other Matchbox cars and trucks to the Woodruff Annex for a day of driving fun.  On Thursday, April 7th from 10:30 am to 1 pm the entire floor space of the annex room with be taped up with roads and designed to look like a miniature city.

#2. Learn a new language! Prep for that overseas vacation you’re planning for next year or just impress your co-workers and classmates by learning a new language with Pronunciator our online language learning program.

#1. Read a book (or two, or three). Whether you’re riding in a car, plane, relaxing on a beach, or snuggled up at home…reading is a great activity. Check out books at the library, or download or stream them to your e-reader device.

Early Literacy Just Got Easier

Here at DDL it’s safe to say that we are strong proponents of early childhood literacy.  Research has repeatedly early-literacy-activitiesshown us just how important consistent and meaningful interactions between parents and children are in the development of literacy skills.  We also know that the sooner these interactions occur the more prepared children are for reading success as they begin school.

So, in between work, dinner, chores, running errands, bath time and bed time what can parents do to help foster daily meaningful literacy interactions with their children?…Step one: don’t stress!

Pamela High, MD, professor of pediatrics at Brown University tells WebMD, “My perspective is that whatever parents do teach children [before kindergarten], they need to make it playful and fun. You don’t want children to turn off to [learning] because it’s too difficult for them.” She adds that “social and emotional skills are just as important [as reading prowess] for school success.”  The WebMD article, written by Jen Uscher, goes on to provide a wonderful list of ideas for how parents can work informal learning experiences into their daily routines.

It comes 7days7waysas no surprise to us that the activities suggested by WebMD include the seven early literacy principles that we promote at the DeWitt District Library in our Very Ready Reading 7 Days, 7 Ways infant story time program.  Each week, parents who attend our Baby Time program are able to spend 30 minutes interacting with their children through shared books, sounds, words, rhymes, songs, stories and playtime.  These seven principles remind parents that it’s about more than just learning to read, stimulating early literacy is also about language, learning and fun!

Here are a few more quick, fun, and easy ideas that you can try this week with your child.

SHARE SOUNDS Emphasize and exaggerate the syllables in the names of foods you and your child are eating.  For example, say “banana” slowly, exaggerating each syllable: ba-na-nah.  Encourage your child to repeat the word after you.  Don’t worry about sounding silly, that’s part of the fun.

SHARE WORDS When you are running errands in the car or at the store share the names of all the different things you are seeing.  If you are at the grocery store, share the names of all the different fruits and veggies you see including the unusual ones.

SHARE RHYMES Recite rhymes that you remember from your childhood or that you may have learned at a recent story time.  It doesn’t matter if you remember or recite the exact same words.  It can be fun to improvise, using anything your baby shows interest in as your subject.

SHARE SONGS Make up songs by using familiar tunes while doing everyday activities such as getting dressed.  Make up motions or dance with your child as you are singing.  The car is a great place to do some singing!

SHARE STORIES Make up a silly story about one of your child’s favorite toys ortell your child about a story from when you were a child.

SHARE PLAYTIME Get down on the floor with your child and act like different animals.  Play peekaboo and other hide and seek time of games.  Make musical instruments out of everyday objects you find around the house like a spoon and a box.

SHARE BOOKS If your child shows interest in books, go for it!  Even if your child only seems interested in the pictures or turning the pages.

 

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DeWitt District Library offers families 3 different story time options:

Baby Time for infants 6 months to 24 months and their caregivers

Book & Boogie for toddles 2 yrs – 4 yrs and their caregivers

Family Story Time for children 3 yrs + and their families

Our next story time sessions will kick off with our Everybody Reads party during the week of September 7th.

More information and our events calendar will be available next month from our website:

http://www.dewittlibrary.org/youthteens/youthservices.html