Literacy Council

Interested in helping us accomplish our state-directed outcome of preparing children to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third gradeOur Literacy Council is comprised of Great Start Collaborative members, Menominee County Library staff, Spies Public Library staff, and community members who want to help provide opportunities that encourage reading to young children in our community. We also strive to educate parents on how to help their children become passionate about books from a very young age.

Visit our Early Literacy Council Facebook page HERE!

Visit HERE to learn about Michigan’s top 10 literacy essentials for pre-kindergarten!

Some Early Literacy Council projects are listed below! 

Book Walk

A story has been placed along a trail behind pavilion #1 at Henes Park in Menominee and one will be placed at Erickson Park in Stephenson in the summer of 2023. Walk along a trail reading a couple of pages from a children’s story at a time. Talking is Teaching and talking prompts are posted on some of the pages to engage the adults with the children.

Reading Adventure Nights (RAN)

Welcome to the public! Free family-friendly events comprised of a fun activity, a snack, a story, a craft, and socializing!  These events are for families with children 8 years old and younger.

1000 Books b4 Kindergarten

The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge is a simple (read a book, any book to your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten) and very manageable endeavor. Spies Library operates this program with support from Menominee County’s Great Start Collaborative.

To learn more about this program, follow this link.

Book Bin Project

This project involved our literacy council putting together bins filled with new and used books to be distributed throughout Marinette & Menominee Counties in areas that have a waiting area.  We hope to encourage reading with your child while you wait!  If you are have business that is interested in a free book bin, please contact us at 906.863.5665 ext 1028!

Bookin’ Menominee County

Post your Finds on our Facebook Page HERE!

Imagination Library Fundraisers

Visit our Imagination Library tab to learn all about this wonderful program that sends a free book mailed to each child every month under the age of five!  Our Great Start Collaborative, through the Literacy Council, helps fund this program by searching for new grants and fundraisers year-round!  Our most current fundraiser is Build-A-Book Buddy!