Kids' Happenings

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
Food for Fines ends April 30th

There is still time to donate food and receive fine forgiveness during our 2015 Food for Fines program. We're happy to announce we have received over 800 canned and boxed goods so far. We are over halfway to our goal of 1500 food items, but still need your help to reach it. Stop by during regular library hours until April 30th. For more information on the program and how you can get your fines forgiven this month, click here or call the library at 734-326-6123.

Apr 24, 2015
Scavenger Hunt: April 6 - 12
Scavenger Hunt list with items

Think you know your way around the Youth Department? Stop by the Youth Desk during Spring Break Week (April 6-12) and test your knowledge with our Scavenger Hunt. We'll have a small prize for all those who complete the hunt. Family participation is welcome and encouraged! Note: if you already participated in a previous Scavenger Hunt, you can test your hand at this new one.

Apr 1, 2015
e-Books for Kids

Can’t make it to the library? You can check out books from home right now. Tumblebooks, Bookflix, and Hoopla Digital all offer e-books in one form or another, whether reading, listening, or following along with the highlighted text. Check out these services on our Downloadables page or at the Youth Homework Help page. If you have any questions, please call the Youth Services desk at 734-326-6123, option "4".

Mar 17, 2015
Queen Elsa visit

Fans of the movie "Frozen" will be flocking to the library on Monday, February 16th to meet Queen Elsa. We expect over 250 children and their caregivers to attend the festivities between 2 - 4 p.m. on that day. Parking may be difficult during that time and all patrons are encouraged to use the back parking lot (by the Veterans Memorial Garden) if the front parking lots are full.

Feb 14, 2015

Looking for tips on using library e-resources and learning about new apps and websites for your kids? The Youth Department has a new "e-Corner" located in our Picture Book section (near our "100 Books Every Child Should Read Before School" display). Stop by the bi-monthly display to learn safe and educational ways to integrate technology into your child's life.

Jan 7, 2015
AWE Early Literacy Stations

The Youth Department announces the acquisition of two Early Literacy Stations™ (ELS) from AWE. These comprehensive educational computers are loaded with over 70 educational software programs for kids ages 2–8, covering curriculum areas like reading, language arts, math, science, and more.

Some of the great applications on AWE’s Early Literacy Station™ include: SpongeBob SquarePants Typing; Giggles Kids My Musical World/ABCs and 123s; Math Doodles; Sesame Street; Know Your USA; Miss Humblebee’s Academy; and, Speakaboos interactive storybooks.

Children and their caregivers are encouraged to visit the Youth Department to learn more about these one-of-a-kind learning tools. These Early Literacy Stations are made possible by donations from the Friends of the Westland Library and the Rotary Club of Westland

Dec 10, 2014
Outside the Box video

The Public Library of Westland's September 12th outdoor movie event is at the center of this promotional video for the Outside the Box program. Take a look at the video to
learn more about this wonderful program and our successful event. Keep your eyes out in the coming year for more fun, outdoor events in our wonderful Children's Garden.

Nov 1, 2014

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