Spring is here, which means Mother’s and Father’s Days are right around the corner! Need a last-minute gift idea for a favorite parental figure in your life? On April 26th, I will be hosting Project Maker: Mason Jar Planters at the Poulsbo Library from 3:30-5pm in our Community Room. Kitsap Regional Library is offering a similar program for adults, but the one at Poulsbo is particularly aimed at kids.
“Children need to see themselves reflected in books,” says Carla Hayden, the new Librarian of Congress. “Books can be mirrors, and they can be windows.” In this video she describes her favorite book as a child, one she loved because the little girl in the story was so much like her.
It’s spring! In order to avoid all those spring cleaning chores and the wicked heat outside, I’ve taken to reading even more than usual. The following is a list of books I’ve read recently and really enjoyed, in no particular order. I hope you too can stay out of the sun and beat the heat with these fun books.
We are going crazy for Star Wars! How about you?
It's that time of year again. The teachers have been easing you back into things, and they're ready to spring that big research project. They're using words and phrases like "MLA format citations" and "primary sources" as well as "scholarly" and "plagiarism". How is a student supposed to get started? Ask at the library. We can help.
Really. Just ask us. It's what we love to do.
You may have noticed last week that we launched a brand new website! It’s more colorful with bigger images, and easier navigation. This upgrade also provides a great opportunity to remind everyone of our HUGE children’s eBook and downloadable audiobook selection!
I like alphabet books that look at letters in unusual ways. While alphabet books can be used to teach about and reinforce knowledge of letter sounds and shapes, they can lead to so much more--piquing a child’s curiosity, honing her skills of observation, or leading him to use his imagination to see letters in the world around him. As children learn to identify letter names and shapes, we encourage them to search their environment for letters and words.
When signing children up for their first library card, I give them the same advice Uncle Ben gave Peter Parker (aka Spiderman): “With great power comes great responsibility.” Library cards are valuable tools to access a wealth of knowledge and information, but there’s another tool just as powerful—the internet. Like any tool, there are safety issues to consider. Cyber security is simply measures taken to keep computers and computer systems safe.
Reading aloud to your child is very important in relation to the development of their early literacy skills. In fact, reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to ensure reading success. It is easy to become very focused on children knowing how to read, but what about helping children develop a love of reading? Knowing how to read and having a love of reading do not always go hand in hand. One way to help develop children's love of reading is to continue reading aloud to them even after they have become proficient readers.
The Kitsap Regional Library is offering some fantastic programs just for kids, and those programs all promote literacy in different ways and encourage reading. Reading! That’s definitely literacy. But what about our pre-readers? I’ve got five super simple things that you can do with your baby, toddler or preschooler to increase early literacy and I’ll bet you are already doing most of them.