Don't let your reading skills get rusty this summer. The Antioch Branch has a program just for you. Pagemasters will meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. We take turns reading a book, then play a game or make a craft to go along with the story. You can sign up online or call the Library at 816.454.1306.
Here are some of the books we are reading this summer:
Reading levels vary from student to student, as well as school district to school district. So, how can you find the correct books to engage a young reader but make sure it is not too difficult for them? This is a common issue that I come across both as a parent and while working for the Library. Parents are excited to hear their child is reading above grade level, but somewhat clueless about finding the correct books.
Our Summer Reading Program ended July 31st, and it’s been such a treat to be part of the cheering section for the young readers who have participated. The SRP is just one of MCPL’s efforts to facilitate literacy in our community. We can all see the value of encouraging our youth to read, but studies indicate that it may be even more important for their parents to read regularly.
I've lost count of the number of times a library patron has asked if we keep a record of the things they've checked out. By the way, the answer to that question is "No." There are some great resources out there that make keeping track of what you read easier than ever though. One of those resources is GoodReads. The functions of the site will be familiar to users of social networking sites like Facebook. If you're new to social networking, relax! Don't be afraid to explore. Ask for help if you need it.
Did you know that October is National Book Month? You may think that people don’t read any more unless it’s a text message or a Facebook post, but they do and so should you!
So, here’s your challenge...Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read, or browse the shelves and find one with an interesting cover. Talk to a library staff member and get suggestions, or ask your Facebook friends what they’re reading. Pick one title, and celebrate National Book Month by actually reading it.
My children's school has just started the Book It! program again. It’s a program we’ve done before. You or your kindergartener reads 20 books (per month), or your reading age children tackle so many pages per month. The difference this time, however, is that my son’s teacher handed me a questionnaire.
We recently received an email from a patron wanting to know how to motivate her 3rd grade student to read. I've encountered this question many times while working as a reading teacher. First of all, the key is to keep your student reading. Don’t worry about WHAT they’re reading so much as HOW LONG they're reading. Beginning readers need a lot of practice. Find a topic or genre that interests your reader and feed the interest. For example: If the child's favorite topic is caves, take him on a tour of a real cave, and perhaps ev
"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."—Emilie Buchwald
Reading success begins long before your child enters school. What a preschool-age child knows before they enter Kindergarten is strongly related to how easily they will learn to read in first grade. Three predictors of reading achievement are:
Mem Fox, author of Reading Magic, has said to parents, "Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud!" Having positive experiences with books is one of the first steps in a child’s life toward a love of reading. Learning becomes easy and natural when children are engaged and having fun.