The gift of reading

As an expecting mother-to-be, some aspects of my baby shower were easier to figure out than others. Venue: Fishbone’s – check. Cake: Giuseppe’s Bakery – check. Favors: Midwest Suds Soap Co. products made by my sisters and me – check. But when it came to registering, that was a different story.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There are thousands of items with limitless variations to sort through. The aisles of bedding, toys, car seats, diapers, nursery pieces, strollers, bath essentials, clothes, bottles and safety gear were a little overwhelming. However, armed with a scanner gun, my husband and I were determined to find everything the baby will need.

After fruitlessly wandering the store for a while, we naturally gravitated over to the book area. Paging through our old favorites from when we were young, the scanner gun quickly snapped into action. We scanned every Dr. Seuss book we saw as well as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and other Eric Carle books, “The Monster at the End of this Book,” “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and more.

AOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAs I examined the familiar covers, I remembered my parents and grandparents reading to me, and I look forward to reading to my child. And as he or she grows, I can’t wait to share with them “The Giving Tree,” “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “The Secret Garden.”

We didn’t register for very many things on our first try. We weren’t sure how many footie pajamas we would need or what brand of diapers to choose, but we did know our baby will need books.

March is National Reading Month, and it’s a great time to remember the huge impact reading has on our lives. Literacy is not something to be taken for granted. It needs to be initiated, nurtured, developed and maintained. The fundamental reading skills we acquire in our youth translate into academic and career assets in the future.

This month is the perfect time to read to your toddler, take a child to the library or set aside time to discover a new book for yourself. Continue reading below to find out from Community Relations Specialist Jamie Morris more about March is Reading Month and the activities happening at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library.

Caitlin Gerds-Habermas works for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, often providing content for the Make Macomb Your Home website.

March is Reading Month

As the month of March roars in like a lion, we’re comforted by the thought that there are still plenty of things to keep us busy even as the cold weather continues. The most important indoor activity is reading. Parents, teachers and students of all ages celebrate the importance of reading in March when the month begins with the celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Beloved children’s author Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, wrote many books that, to this day, encourage children to read from an early age.

One of the most important things that parents can do to instill a solid base for learning is read aloud to his or her child for 15 minutes every day, and the Clinton-Macomb Public Library can help parents with this activity! The library offers story time activities for children from birth to preschool age each week. Story time sessions focus on different age groups and combine stories, songs and dancing to get children ready to read. The Clinton-Macomb Public Library offers 18 different story time options across three locations for parents, and grandparents, looking to raise a reader.

We know that not everyone has time to get to the library for story time each week, and the Clinton-Macomb Public Library offers story time to go kits for busy parents. Each kit includes books, CDs, toys and puppets that parents can use at home to engage children in reading. Reading to a child for 15 minutes a day helps with language development, builds literacy skills, helps brain development, bonds children and parents and instills a love of reading.

Although March is Reading Month focuses on children, there are plenty of ways that teens and adults can engage in reading activities at the library. Currently, the Clinton-Macomb Public Library is offering the Winter Reading Club for all ages. Children must complete one activity per week. Teens and adults just have to read one book to be entered into prize drawings. The Winter Reading Club runs now through March 31 and children and adults can log their reading online.

To get a full list of activities at all Clinton-Macomb Public Library locations, visit the library’s website at

Jamie Morris is a community relations specialist for the Clinton-Macomb Public Library. For more information on the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, visit

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