GL early evolvement and long-term effects

By Kaitlin Petrillo
Living In The Ledge Staff Reporter

As of late, Grand Ledge City Hall isn’t just a place for legislating. It’s a home to learning, too. February through May, Youth Services Coordinator Ruth Thompson reads children stories to Grand Ledge’s preschoolers Tuesday mornings at City Hall. Parents and other family members accompany their 3- to 6-year-olds for a variety of stories and literacy enhancing activities. “It helps kids learn structure.

St. Johns offers programs to encourage childhood reading

By Meghan Callan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — Reading can be an imaginative activity for children by opening doors to new ways of language and communication. The town of St. Johns has programs that encourage children to read and develop literacy skills to improve their success in school and work. Briggs Public Library, located in downtown St.

Going digital at the library and beyond

By Tyler Austin
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

The world we live in is on the brink of a major shift; more and more people are beginning to put down their books and magazines and pick up their Kindles, iPads and other e-readers to get their information, reading professionals say. They say print-based publications and businesses are trying to adjust to the shift to online as best they can. However, people seem to be more inclined to scroll through and read something in the comfort of their own home rather than travel to obtain a physical copy. Businesses with magazines, newspapers and libraries are places that one would imagine have been most affected by this shift. The Lansing Library however has managed to roll with the changes and keep most of its members over the years.

Libraries modernize to bring literature to a technology-dependent generation

By Danielle Duggan
Clinton County Chatter

ST. JOHNS — Even with the growth of technology and virtual books, Briggs Public Library uses summer programs and online resources to keep customers coming through the doors. According to Sara Morrison, library director at Briggs Public Library, located at 108 E. Railroad St. in St. Johns, the summer programs the library hosts not only brings in many participants, but also assure that the children don’t forget information over the summer.

Three Cats, Many Books: A Cat-Filled Bookstore Provides a Unique Shopping Experience

By Danielle Duggan
Clinton County Chatter

St. Johns Book Exchange creates a unique atmosphere by having the owners Edwin and Gerty Lamb’s three cats, Snoopy, Boots, and Cuddles, wander around the store while customers shop. The animal trio adds a feeling of comfort and an inimitable experience. While flipping through books, customers are purred at and have their ankles stroked by the three cats. Due to the excellent behavior of the animals, customers are able to pet and play with them while they shop at the store, located at 121 N. Clinton Ave.

Experts offer praise, advice for governor’s focus on reading

By COLLIN KRIZMANICH
Capital News Service
LANSING — Education professors in Michigan praise Gov. Rick Snyder’s push to improve third graders’ reading skills, but they caution against adding new tests or retaining struggling students. Snyder’s 2016 budget calls for $48 million to get students reading at grade level by third grade, which means focusing on reading proficiency when they’re younger. “I’m certainly very pleased that the governor has proposed additional funding for early reading instruction,” said Gary Troia, an associate professor at Michigan State University who studies teacher professional development in literacy. The transition from third to fourth grade is particularly crucial in a student’s development of learning abilities, Troia said. “After third grade there’s a fundamental shift in instruction,” he said.