Come and enjoy our newly installed Storywalk at the library.  A Storywalk is a great way to enjoy a children’s picture book and walk outside.  Start at the  post near the front steps of the building to begin the book and make your way around the property to complete the story.

Look for a new book each month, weather permitting in the winter months.

Many thanks to TEI Landmark Audio and the Mignon Sherwood DeLano Foundation for funding this project.

ABCmouse is free at the library

This is an educational website with games, books, puzzles, and songs geared toward preschool and elementary children. To access this service for free you must use the library’s computers or a laptop using the library wi-fi.  Don’t own a laptop?  The library has laptops to check out for use while at the library, laptops must be borrowed by an adult for a child.  There is an app available for mobile devices, however there is a fee assessed while using the app. Create an account and you’re good to go!

Need ideas for songs and rhymes to do with your child?  Checkout StoryBlocks.

2017/18 Play and Learn Playgroup

The first playgroup of the school year in on Tuesday, Sept. 19th at the Baker Elementary School Cafeteria.

This program is for children birth – 5 years and their adult, is offered by the Allegan County Early Headstart, the Wayland Welcoming Schools and the Henika District Library.  There is no registration necessary.  Each family will receive a free book, enjoy fun interactive activities and have a chance to socialize with other families.  If you have questions about your child’s progress, there will be opportunities to talk to professionals about your concerns. Subsequent dates are listed below:

  • February 13th
  • March 13th
  • April 10th
  • May 8th

St. Therese Playgroup

This playgroup is on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the St. Therese gym in Wayland from 9:30-10:30AM.  This is an open and free event for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

  • January 23rd
  • February 27th
  • March 27th
  • April 24th

Looking for books to read aloud to your early elementary children?  Check out this list of Henika owned books.

Free passes to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum for Henika District Library cardholders.  The pass allows up to 6 people to visit, if you haven’t used this pass within a year’s time.  Ask at the service desk for yours today.

Science and math lovers should check out STEMbite on Youtube by Michigan teacher Andrew Vanden Hueval.

Does your child know their full name, address and phone number?  Here are some fun ways to teach them those skills.

Seven Things you should be doing as your read aloud to your child