Kids' Happenings

New Hooked on Phonics Kits

We got new and updated Hooked on Phonics Kits!

Dec 18, 2015
Introducing Beanstack

The Youth Department is happy to introduce Beanstack to our community of families and readers. This new e-resource offers:

  • weekly book recommendations and learning tips for kids and their caregivers that target books in Westland library's catalog; 
  • learning tracks that kids and families can follow at their own pace to earn badges;
  • book lists and app lists that libraries around the U.S. recommend for use with your family; 
  • online sign-up and tracking for Summer Reading Program;
  • and much, much more.

Beanstack will officially be open for all library users on Tuesday, December 1st. Set up a profile for your child(ren) at

Stop by or call the Youth desk if you have any questions.

Nov 28, 2015
Storytime Kits!

Bring home all of the fun and learning of Storytimes with our Storytime Kits!

Each kit contains 4-6 books, suggested activities, and toys to re-inforce learning and early literacy skills. Kits are located behind the Youth Services desk.

Check out up to 2 kits for 2 weeks.

15+ kits including:

  • African American Authors
  • Bible Stories
  • Caldecott Winners
  • Colors
  • Community Helpers
  • Dinosaurs
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Farm Animals
  • Jungle Animals
  • Latin American Authors
  • Ocean Animals
  • Seasons
  • Shapes
  • Transportation
  • Welcoming a New Sibling
  • and more to come!

Created by Youth Services staff. Funding courtesy of the Friends of the Westland Library.

Sep 15, 2015
Library Card Sign-Up Month
Snoopy and Woodstock: "What's cooler than being cool? Having a library card. Get yours today."

What's more cool and practical than your own library card? With access to so much knowledge and entertainment, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value in your wallet. During Library Card Sign-Up Month this September, the library has partnered with several local businesses who are offering free or discounted items just for showing your Westland library card (including Biggby Coffee, Gabriel's Hoagies, Golden Chopsticks, Family and Friends Funland, Westland Toarmina's Pizza locations, Vizzy's Pizza Palace, and many more). For more information, contact our service desks. 

Sep 10, 2015
Tutoring sessions moving

The Academic Enrichment (or tutoring) sessions provided by Westland Youth Assistance for area students  is being moved to the Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center (the old Jefferson Barns school) for the 2015-2016 school year. The Youth Department is looking into tutoring options for the upcoming year, but parents can use our 24/7 service online or make use of the Jefferson Barns sessions when days and times become available.

Aug 12, 2015
August is Tell a Librarian a Joke Month!

Kids, tell us your best jokes!

Joke Books can be found in the 818’s in J Non-fiction.

Jokes help children learn literacy skills because in order to tell a joke you have to understand humor, dialogue and story. 

Aug 3, 2015
Summer Reading Program and Non-Fiction Challenge

The Summer Reading Program ends on Saturday, July 25th but that doesn't mean you have to stop reading or earning prizes! Our Non-Fiction Reading Challenge starts Monday, July 27th and runs through Friday, September 4th. Ask at the Youth Desk for a Non-Fiction Bingo Board (starting July 27th) and read your way around our Non-Fiction books to earn coupons like laser tag, skating, and free food.

Jul 22, 2015
Early Literacy website
colorful Early Literacy caterpillar

The Youth Department has an Early Literacy site  ( for parents and caregivers of children ages 0 – 6. Learn what Early Literacy is and how to set your child on the right track to reading and school success! 

Resources for parents, teachers, homeschoolers, and more, including:

  • Library resources like our Early Literacy newsletter and TumbleBooks e-Library;
  • Library programs like 1000 Books Before Kindergarten;
  • Early Literacy App and Website reviews; 
  • Printables;
  • And much more!

Click on the links above to get there or look for the Early Literacy "fish" at the top of each Youth Department page.

Jul 10, 2015
Youth Summer Reading Program

The Youth Summer Reading Program (SRP) for children aged 0 -12 starts Saturday, June 13th with our SRP Kick-Off from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. We'll have games, mask-making, super hero photo ops, snacks, and more at this event. No registration required to attend.

The Youth Department now offers two tracks for children to follow for summer reading success:

  • Pre-Reader: ages 0 - 5. Weekly Activity Sheets that focus on reading and activites that  support the 5 Early Literacy Practices.
  • Reader: ages 6 - 12. Read your 600 minutes and win fun prizes along the way (same as last year). Supplement your minutes with math and other activities.

Choose the track that best suits your child. See you (super) soon!

Jun 4, 2015

The library offers access to this e-book site for any child using our Youth Internet PCs year-round. From May 15th thru May 17th, families will be able read and hear books online for free from home or anywhere you access wirelessly. Just go to to try it out.

May 14, 2015

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