Location

1710 West St Andrews

 Midland MI 48640

 (989) 837-3430

Hours

Mon. - Fri. 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM 

Sat. 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Sun. 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

*Closed on Sundays

Memorial Day to Labor Day

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The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library is a service of the City of Midland

Our Mission: to inspire lifelong learning by connecting people and resources

Children's Programs

Baby Time (0-18 months)
Wednesdays, December 11, 18

  10:00-10:30 AM   &
  11:00-11:30 AM

In the Story Room
Babies will enjoy storytime filled with stories, songs, movement, and socialization.Ticket required. Free tickets available at the Youth Services Desk 20 minutes before the start of the program.

 

Toddler Time (18 months–3 years)
Tuesdays,  December 10, 17

   10:00-10:30 AM    &
    11:00-11:30 AM

In the Story Room
Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play at the library! Enjoy books, songs and movement followed by 10–15 minutes of play! Ticket required. Free tickets available at the Youth Services Desk 20 minutes before the start of the program.

Preschool Storytime (3-5 years)
Thursdays,  December 12

   10:00-10:30 AM    &
    11:00-11:30 AM

In the Story Room
Join us for stories, rhymes, and songs. The story time will end with an activity or a simple craft.Ticket required. Free tickets available at the Youth Services Desk 20 minutes before the start of the program.

 

 

 

 

 

Move & Groove (3-5 years)
Thursday,  December 5

   10:00-10:30 AM    &
    11:00-11:30 AM

In the Story Room
Build active bodies and minds! Dance to fun action songs and participate in movement activities.Ticket required. Free tickets available at the Youth Services Desk 20 minutes before the start of the program.

 

 

 

 

 

Free Play Friday (1–5 years with caregiver)
Friday, December 13
   2-4 PM

In the Story Room
Drop in on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month for free play with blocks and manipulatives.

 

 

 

 

 

Family Fun Night - Gingerbread Houses (3-10 years)
Thursday, December 19
   6:30 - 7:30 PM

In the Story Room
Join us for gingerbread fun! Listen to a story and decorate a graham cracker gingerbread house with a parent, grandparent or adult caregiver.  We supply the materials, children supply the imagination. Registration required. Stop by the Youth Services Desk or Call 989-837-3466 to sign up.

 

 

 

 

STEM Programs

Ozobots - Reinbot Landing Challenge
Monday, December 9 (Ages 10-12 caregiver welcome)
   4:30-5:15 PM    &
    6:30-7:15 PM

In the Maker Space
Santa's reindeer need precise direction to land on a rooftop. Use launchers and color codes to guide your reindeer Ozobot to a rooftop target!
Ticket required. Free tickets available at the Youth Services Desk 20 minutes before the start of the program.

Lego Robotics (Ages 6-9, caregiver required; Ages 10-12 caregiver welcome)
Monday, December 16
   4:30-5:15 PM    &
    6:30-7:15 PM

In the Maker Space
Build a Lego sled to carry Santa's gifts, then program it to maneuver on a rooftop and light up like Rudolph's nose.
Ticket required. Free tickets available at the Youth Services Desk 20 minutes before the start of the program.

 

 

Family Movies
In the Auditorium

Saturday, December 7, 2:00 PM  - The Good Dinosaur (PG)
Monday, December 23, 2:00 PM  - The Lego Movie (PG)
Friday, December 27, 2:00 PM  - Sing (PG)
Monday, December 30, 2:00 PM  - Tangled (PG)
An adult must accompany children under the age of 12.
Help us keep our auditorium clean: no food or drinks, please.
Movies start promptly at designated times.
Doors open 15 minutes before show time.

Free Movies
In the Auditorium

Friday, December 6, 6:30 PM - Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
Friday, December 13 6:30 PM - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (PG-13)

  • An adult must accompany children under the age of 12.

  • Help us keep our auditorium clean: no food or drinks, please.

  • Movies start promptly at designated times.

  • Doors open 15 minutes before show time.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

Beyond Books & Discovery Depot


Research shows that birth through age five is the most important time for a child's brain development. These first five years are critical for building early literacy skills and encouraging positive attitudes towards reading and learning. Beyond Books and Discovery Depot are specially designed areas to help promote the pre-literacy skills babies, toddlers and preschoolers need. Developmentally appropriate activities in these areas focus on a variety of skills, from letter recognition that helps children get ready to read, to group play that helps to develop social skills. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to interact with their children as they learn through play.

Beyond Books: Early Literacy Activity Center
Available during regular Library hours:
Monday–Friday...........9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday....................10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday......................1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
       Closed Sundays: Memorial Day through Labor Day

DISCOVERY DEPOT

Join us for camping fun at the Library! You and your little one can grill food, sit around a campfire, read stories in a tent and much more. A variety of early learning activities will also be available for you to explore with your children.

The Discovery Depot is designed for children from birth to Kindergarten and their adult caregiver. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Hours:
Monday–Friday.........9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday..................10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday.......................1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

What can I do?
Experts believe these five activities: talking, singing, playing, reading, and writing are the most effective activities your child needs to gain a head start in life.


Talking
Even before babies can say a single word, you can have a dialogue with them—just respond to babies’ sounds as if they had asked a question or made an observation about whatever you had said previously.


Singing
Music encourages the enjoyment of sound, stimulates spontaneous motor movement, and improves the ability to concentrate.


Playing
The exploration in play allows connections to form in children’s play, between what they are doing, what they think or feel about what they are doing, and what they are discovering as they do that particular activity.


Reading
Children begin developing pre-reading skills as soon as they chew on a board book and learn how the pages are turned. As they hear stories, they are learning vocabulary, sentence structure and comprehension.


Writing
By holding a crayon and scribbling, children learn hand-eye coordination and develop the fine motor skills they will need to hold a pencil and make letters.