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Back-to-School Wisdom

Posted by Pam Jenkins on September 4th, 2017

Another children’s librarian sent me this link to a recent New York Times article.

Parents and kids will enjoy reading about how the school experiences of some of their favorite authors and illustrators later influenced their work.

The article also contains links to full video interviews and drawing sessions of the creators.


Summer Reading Program for Kids FAQ

Posted by Pam Jenkins on June 23rd, 2017

What is it?
Kids use a game board to track their reading progress throughout the summer, with fun challenges and prizes along the way.

Why should my child participate in the summer reading program?
There are plenty of benefits:

  • It generates interest in books. The library offers a large and diverse selection of wonderful titles, and kids are more motivated to read when books of their own choosing are readily available to them.
  • It encourages kids to make reading a habit and to become confident, comfortable library users who view reading as a positive experience.
  • It helps children maintain and develop the reading skills they’ve learned at school, preventing the “summer slide” that sometimes happens when they’re out of school for an extended time.
  • It provides a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • It’s fun!

How old do you need to be to participate?
The SRP is for children from preschool through grade 5 (“going into”). Older kids may join the teen program.

My child doesn’t read yet – can she still join?
Yes. “Pre-readers” participate by having books read to them, and children who are just beginning to read might alternate reading and listening time.

What are the dates?
June 26 through August 31.

My family will be away on vacation for a couple of weeks and the kids won’t be able to pick up their game boards until we get back. Will it be too late?
No, they can start any time. And if they don’t want to wait, here’s a link to the game board so they can get started while away.

Sounds like fun. I wish there was a summer reading program for adults.
There is! Stop by the Lending desk downstairs or the Adult Services desk upstairs to pick up a game board for adults. You’ll be a great role model for your child, and you’ll both have fun!


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Let’s Talk About It

Posted by Pam Jenkins on April 27th, 2017

Talking with children about race relations, immigration, gender issues, and many other topics can be challenging. Sometimes sharing the right book can provide an opening for meaningful conversations about topics that are on kids’ and parents’ minds. Parents may want to check out our current “Let’s Talk About It” book display across from the Youth Services desk to see what’s available.

Because some of the titles contain potentially disturbing subject matter such as families struggling to survive harsh living conditions or the death of a parent due to war, we encourage you to preview  the books closely; you’re the best judge of what’s appropriate for your child’s age and temperament, and the tone and content of the books vary greatly.

One of books highlighted – Talking Walls: Discover Your World, written by Margy Burns Knight and illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien – is a great resource for showing kids different cultures around the world.  Twenty of the original illustrations for the book are currently on display in the Collaboratory.  Why not stop in with a child and talk about them?


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