Summer Loss occurs when children do not have access to books or reading over the school summer break. Kids who don't read over the summer can actually lose 2 or more months of acquired reading skills. I encourage parents to look at summer as an opportunity to keep kids moving forward in their reading ability.
The first bookmobile in the United States was the brainchild of Mary Titcomb, the librarian for the Washington County Free Library in Maryland, in 1905. Ms. Titcomb believed that the entire county should have access to library books, and with the help of Joshua Thomas and the Library Wagon, she made it happen! (For more about the Library Wagon, visit www.whilbr.org/bookmobile/index.aspx.)
Summer is here, and that means Summer Reading Program and lots of library family programs. But library programs aren't just for kids. We have library programs for folks of all ages, from toddlers to senior citizens.
One of the most important things that the Library does every year is establish a budget for the following year. Budgets communicate what is important to an organization because it shows how an organization chooses to allocate resources. As one of my professors told me, you can never hope to understand an organization unless you understand its budget and finances.
The Kearney Branch will play host to a newly, created early literacy storytime on Saturdays. Introducing children to early literacy is a key component for getting children ready to read. Nancy Yeager, a longtime Kearney employee and most recently a Storytime Specialist for the Youth Services Department, will be helping children develop the five skills needed for reading readiness.
Think the Summer Reading Program is just about Reading? Think again. There are all sorts of ways for kids to enjoy themselves while participating this summer. And what better way to start things off than with a party?
What’s that? Party at the Library? Yes, you read that right. There are times when it’s okay to make noise at the library. Our summer reading kickoff parties feature treats, games, and more! Follow the links below to learn more:
It’s an exciting time to be part of the MCPL community. As you may already know, your library received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service last week in Washington D.C. at a ceremony at the White House. Next week, the Colbern Road Branch will be receiving a local honor: the Lee’s Summit Reading Council Literacy Award.
The Reading Council will host a reception at the branch on May 20, starting at 5:00 p.m. This event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend.
I can't believe that I just landed in Washington, D.C.!
After picking up my luggage, I had to figure out the D.C. Metro system. I was worried about how to find my way around, but then I realized the Metro is a series of underground tunnels. And a worm knows how to navigate underground tunnels!
My first stop was to Arlington and the Iwo Jima Memorial to pay respect to our nation's finest heroes.