Changing Diapers, Changing Lives

Diapers, Dr Seuss, and Summer Reading

Do you remember Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss? The popular read aloud book offers a variety of locations to eat the green cuisine. Similarly summer in West Michigan offers numerous opportunities for reading with your family – just about anywhere!

In a car? On a boat? Aboard a train?
Lounging in a lawn chair?
On a blanket under the shade tree in your front yard?
Around a campfire?
(photo credit: Molly from MollyMadonna.com)

Reading to babyReading to children early and often influences their development and sets the foundation for learning in the years ahead. It’s never too early to read aloud. And never too late to read aloud. (Check out the books suggested in this blog post Summer Reads from Jane, a West Michigan blogger who helps you be your child’s first teacher with creative, intentional parenting)

In the Holland/Zeeland and lakeshore area we have many free resources that make it easy to get an assortment of books to take along with you wherever you go this summer. Families living within the Zeeland Public School district can take advantage of the Zee Bus free mobile literacy program.

Throughout Ottawa County you will find several local libraries with free resources as well as fun, rewarding summer reading programs:
Allendale – Allendale Township Library
Hudsonville – Gary Byker Memorial Library
Jamestown – Patmos Library
Grand Haven – Loutit District Library
Coopersville – Coopersville Area District Library
Holland – Herrick District Library
Zeeland – Howard Miller Library

A map of libraries in Ottawa County is helpful for finding the library closest to you.

Is the Howard Miller Library in Zeeland your home library? Are you stopping in with one of the nearly 1,400 children registered for their free summer reading program? On your next visit consider taking a package (or two or three) of diapers with you. As one of our diaper donation drop off locations the Howard Miller Library is a convenient place to donate diapers to Nestlings. By donating a box or two of diapers you will be giving other moms the opportunity to bring their babies to the library, starting them on the road to literacy and a love of reading.

Be part of the movement to help moms and babies in need – get out and read, and donate diapers.

What do you love about your home library? Where do you like to get out and read? Post your comments here or on our Facebook page – we look forward to hearing how you make reading fun!

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