Dearborn’s libraries offering great programs for children and families to enjoy

DEARBORN — The city’s public libraries continue to offer programs for children and families.

      For more information about any of the following programs, go to, or call or visit Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., (313) 943-2345; Bryant Branch Library, 221000 Michigan Ave., (313) 943-4091; Esper Branch Library, 12929 W. Warren Ave., (313) 943-4096; Snow Branch Library, 23950 Princeton, (313) 274-1780.


Mother Goose Storytime – For newborns up to 24 months. Rhymes, stories and playtime for the youngest ones. One adult per child is recommended. Registration is required. The next session meets at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 16, 23 and 30 at HFCL; registration is underway. A session also will be offered at 6 p.m.Oct. 20 at Snow Branch Library.

      Tot Time – For those ages 2 and 3. Children with a caregiver are invited for stories, songs and fun. Registration is required. The next session meets at 10:35 a.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 14 to Nov. 4; registration is underway.

      Preschool Storytime – Children ages 3 through 5 are invited for fingerplays, stories, songs and a simple craft.  Registration is required. The current session meets at 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 28 at Esper Library; registration is now underway. Another session is offered at 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 4 at Snow Library; registration is underway.

      Pre-School Storytime – For ages 3 through 5. Participants will look at a new color each week. Sessions meet at 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 27 and at 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 28 at Bryant Library.

      Halloween Storytime – Children ages 2 through 6 are invited for some mildly scary stories, a craft and costume parade;  2 p.m. Oct. 24 at HFCL or at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 also at HFCL. Registration is underway.


Halloween Craft – All ages are welcome from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 at Esper Library; registration required and begins Thursday.

      Third Thursday Craft – For all ages. No registration is required. Crafting is held while supplies last. Create a Halloween monster. Younger children will need adult assistance. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at HFCL.


Wild Things Party – For ages 5 through 12. In honor of release of the film “Where the Wild Things Are,” children ages 5 through 12 can listen to a reading of Maurice Sendak’s classic picture book at 2 p.m. Saturday at Snow Library and have their own wild rumpus. Participants are welcome to dress as their favorite character. Registration is underway.


Haunted House – For all ages from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27, at Esper Library. Those who make it all the way through will receive a Halloween treat. No registration required.

      Haunted House of Wax Museum – For ages 7 through 12 at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at HFCL. Tour guides will escort children into the museum to see figures of famous characters like Frankenstein, the Werewolf, the headless librarian and more. Any bewitching moment characters may come to life to tell their bone-chilling tales. Halloween snacks and a drink are provided. Registration is required.


Columbus Day Puzzler – For all ages through Saturday. Pick up a word search puzzle sheet from the checkout desk at Esper Library. A returned and correct puzzle will allow the winner to pick a small gift from the treasure box.

      Participants in all programs are asked to follow library policy. Registration can be made by phone or in person. Those arriving more than 10 minutes after the scheduled program time may not be admitted.

      Children must be the required age on or before the first date of the program. Residents and cardholders are given preference.

      Nonresidents without library cards will be placed on a waiting list and contacted only if a vacancy occurs. Individuals with disabilities who require special accommodations, auxiliary aids or services to attend or participate in programs should contact their local library or call the telecommunications device for the deaf line at (313) 943-2193. Reasonable advance notice is required.

      For more information about any of the programs go to or call or visit one of the public libraries.