Currently at the library, we are challenging ourselves to read more Young Adult and Juvenile Fiction so we can better recommend books to our younger customers. When I first learned of this challenge, I was skeptical. Young Adult and Juvenile books just didn’t appeal to me.
Should we read to our children beginning at a few months old? I strongly believe we should. It is a time to spend quality time with them, and it makes them feel loved. Reading to them in those early years helps them to not be one of the 20% that graduates and cannot read the diploma. Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out in later years. 60% of American inmates are illiterate, and 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems.
A new storytime at the MCPL Raytown Branch begins Thursday, March 3. It’s for babies 18 months and younger, and we are excited about it! It will begin at 9:30 a.m., and last for approximately 30 minutes. Each week, we’ll read books, sing songs, and help parents with book choices for young babies.
Reading Aloud Family Time ~ A Hit at the Liberty Branch!
Over 230 families in the Liberty area read at least three chapter books together to earn a copy of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. The Jungle Book DVD winner at the Liberty Branch was the Houck family.
If you’re nosy like I am, you may wonder what people are reading. And if you think librarians have the inside scoop on all the best books (which we do, of course), then maybe you wonder what we librarians are reading. So, here is what some of the Boardwalk staff are reading this week.
Ronda (Mom), Michael and Madison (children), and Mike Montgomery (Dad, not pictured)
RAFT is such a fun-filled program. It creates an opportunity to spend time reading together as a family and it develops great reading skills. As we cozy up with our family to read a great book, we build wonderful memories. Thanks to one and all for the great participation. We had 7181 registrations and 7892 books read from January 18th – March 31st.
Just a reminder, the Summer Reading Program starts May 23rd.
April is Poetry Month, so what better time than now to try, once again, to unravel the mystery surrounding the beautiful poems. There are so many wonderful poets to choose from. Where do you start? How can you find something that makes sense?
It’s that time of year again….MCPL’s Summer Reading Program! The program runs from May 23 to July 30, 2011. To get a head start on their reading goals, eager readers may register online starting May 1st.
The theme for the children is "One World, Many Stories", and for the teens, it is "You Are Here." Readers must complete the required reading amounts in order to receive free books. For the third completion, they can earn a cool prize.
Summer Reading Program - One World, Many Stories @ Your Library
Summer Reading is here again! Starting May 1st, sign up at online or visit your local branch to begin logging. You can receive prizes at the official start of the Summer Reading Program beginning May 23. This summer, you’ll travel around the world without having to leave the library!
Listeners (ages 0-6): • Earn prizes for every 24 books you read. • Redeem up to three reading logs. • On the third log, you can choose a book or prize!
I came across an interesting website the other day while looking for something else. And, I even forgot what the "something else" was. Isn't that the way it always works? Anyway, it's www.getcaughtreading.org.