The article is from Real Simple – November 2016 issue,
titled 5 Reasons the world is still a wonderful place by Liz Loerke.
Photo Credit: Elaine Perez
Libraries Still Exist by Caitlin Moran (excerpt)
When you’re a child, if your home is perhaps unhappy or else just cramped or dull, and you are too poor for the mall to hold any appeal for you, there is a third, magical space you can go to on a rainy day: the library. A place where you can go without a penny in your pocket and be given a room full of worlds. For each book is a doorway you can walk through into another land. There are a million people, from across the world and through time, who are sitting on those shelves, dying to tell their stories and become your friend. It is a place where you will be valued not for what you wear or how you look, but for how many words you have collected and stored in your head (corybantic, uxorious, shagreen, mimosa). Most important, it is a place where you can just sit on a chair and read all the rude bits from Judy Blume books. And we invented these facilities! We made them happen. How cool is that? This humanity’s greatest achievement.
- Reading to children at an early age provides the foundation for reading at grade level, obtaining higher reading scores, and achieving academic success.
- It’s important for children to see that their parents enjoy reading.
- Reading to children daily is important for their emotional and intellectual development and can help them become good readers and prepare them to learn in school.
- There are many effective ways a parent can read to a child. For example, if you are tired reading the same story, try reading two stories: your child’s favorite story and a new one. You could also read poems to a child. Children enjoy repetition. Another suggestion is to find a place that is comfortable to read, where the television is turned off and full attention can be focused on the book. Finally, HAVE FUN! When reading is animated and interactive, a child will be more engaged.
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- Don’t forget a child’s age and state of development when selecting books to read to him or her. There are different types of books available according to the age and maturity of a child. If you need help in selecting the right book, consult your librarian.
Calling all writers, artists & creative people! This is a book club that aims to add a boost of monthly creative encouragement and comradery to your creative life! Join us in discussing books about writing, creativity and creative practice.
October 16th: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King.
Pick up or download your copy from the library (for free) today!
Sign up October 1st!
Banned Books Week is a an annual celebration of our intellectual freedom, “ the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction.” We, as Librarians, work hard to make sure that we maintain our subject “collections”, like Cooking, with modern sources and classics. We are dedicated to maintaining a diverse collections suitable for all people and view points. In collections like cooking, this is fairly easy. In sections like politics and religion, this is truly a challenge. Patron requests for materials make this easier.
Reading Out Loud: A Workshop for Parents
Monday, September 26th from 6:30 to 7:15 pm.
What are the benefits of reading out loud to your child?
Join Margaret King, a certified teacher,
to discuss the importance of reading to your child.
Register on line, in person, or by phone beginning
Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School
- Attend Back-to-School Night and Parent-Teacher Conferences – Meeting your child’s teacher at the beginning of the school year is a great way to learn about his/her teacher’s expectations. If you cannot attend this first meeting, request a meeting at your earliest convenience to meet your child’s teacher and notify the teacher of any special needs your child may have.
- Visit the School and Its Website – On the school website, you will find information on the school calendar, staff contact information, and upcoming events.
- Support Homework Expectations – Homework in grade school reinforces and extends classroom learning and helps kids practice important study skills. It helps them develop a sense of responsibility and a work ethic that will benefit them beyond the classroom.
- Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn –You can boost your child’s attention span by providing a breakfast rich in whole grains, fiber and proteins and low in sugar. Most school age children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. After school activities, television, computers and video games can contribute to students not getting sufficient sleep every night.
- Get involved by –
- being a classroom helper or homeroom parent
- organizing and/or working at fundraising activities and other special events
- attending school board meetings
- joining the school’s parent-teacher group
Learn other ways of helping your child succeed in elementary school by clicking the following link: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/school-help-elementary.html
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Our What Should I Read Next? list is now available for new bestselling and notable fiction titles being published from September through December 2016. A copy is available online, or you may pick up a print copy at the adult reference or Main desks. Titles on the list are available to reserve through our catalog, and some may be available in multiple formats such as large print or audiobook.
Now’s the time to tune up your reading glasses, get the cozy chair re-upholstered, and stock up on some good strong tea, because this coming fall will be a busy season for hot, new releases. In anticipation of the upcoming holiday selling season, it seems that almost all of our favorite authors will have new books coming out. Jeffrey Archer, Lee Child, Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell, Clive Cussler, Janet Evanovich, Vince Flynn, John Grisham, James Patterson, Jodi Picoult, John Sandford, Nicholas Sparks, and Danielle Steel are some of the big names with new titles.
Literary fiction fans also have much to look forward to, as many of our best writers are also releasing new titles this Fall. Try the latest books by Margaret Atwood, T.C. Boyle, Michael Chabon, Herman Koch, Zadie Smith, and Amor Towles.
Please keep in mind that since this list is published so far in advance, that some publication dates and titles may be subject to change.
I am obsessed with reading. I am always reading, thinking about reading, talking about reading, or planning what to read next. If you are a fellow reader, I have a great tool for you! Goodreads is an online platform that allows you to keep track of the books you have read, the books you want to read, and what your friends are reading. You can even get recommendations based on books you have read. If you are book obsessed like me, Goodreads is a great tool for you.
When you make a GoodReads profile, here’s what it looks like.
This is my profile. I include some personal information (like my age and where I live) because I like to know what people other people my age or in my area are reading. I also include a short description and a picture. You can control the amount of information you share. On my profile page, you can see a list of all of my bookshelves and a list of my friends.
My favorite part about GoodReads is the bookshelves. When you sign up, you are given a basic set of bookshelves (read, to-read, and currently-reading), but you can create as many as you want. A few of the ones I have created are memoir, cookbooks, and historical-fiction.
I use the to-read shelf to keep track of books I would like to read in the future. Whenever a library customer or one of the staff members here at PML recommends a book, I pop it on my to-read list. When I am looking for something to read, I go straight to this list. I don’t know if I will ever get to them all since I add books to my to-read shelf weekly, but I can certainly try!
When you finish reading a book
Once you finish reading a book, you mark it as “read” and give it a rating out of 5 stars. You can also write a review. When you pull up a book’s name, you can see all sorts of information about it, like the description and average rating information. On the right side of the page, you will see similar books. Scroll down and you can see comments from other readers, quotes, and trivia. If you click on the author’s name, you can read their biography and see their other books. So basically, everything you need in your reading life can be found in one area.
When you can’t decide what to read next, you can check out recommendations from GoodReads. For the recommendations to work best, you’ll need to have established a good track record of sorting your books by shelves and rating the books you read. The more you add to GoodReads, the more accurate your recommendations will be.
Do you want to know another great source for finding your next great read? The answer is your local librarian! We don’t like books. We LOVE them. We love to recommend books, talk about books, curl up with a good book….you get the idea. Recommending books makes our day. If there is a book you’ve heard about and want to read, ask us and we can get it for you.
GoodReads actually has a ton of additional features like a yearly Book Challenge, author events, giveaways and The Never Ending Book Quiz. I highly encourage you to give it a try. If you want to see my reviews, check out my GoodReads page!
Kids are racing through books as part of Patchogue-Medford Library’s Summer Reading Club, and that race began after a fun, athletics-themed promotional video blew the start whistle.
Kelly Booth, a librarian in the Children’s and Parents’ Services (CAPS) department, produced the video along with Michael Marcin in order to find a new way to tell kids about the program.
“Every June the children’s librarians take turns visiting the elementary schools to promote the Summer Reading Club to the students,” Booth said. “For many years we just spoke to the children and verbally explained it to them, but after a while it got boring and we wanted to do something different to get the children more excited about joining.”
Booth began working on story ideas in January as well as writing its script, and then in March Marcin met with her to begin going over logistics. They then set up two days in April to film at both the library and at Patchogue-Medford High School, and made a separate appointment with the school district’s superintendent, Dr. Michael Hynes.
“Dr. Hynes is so wonderful and supportive of the library. I just simply sent him an email asking him if he would be willing to appear in our video and he immediately agreed,” Booth said.
Kids participated in the video as well, running on the high school track as well as in the library. They joined the production through a blurb that Booth put in the library’s newsletter that asked for volunteers.
After filming, Marcin edited the video together over the course of a week, leading into the version that is now posted on Patchogue-Medford Library’s YouTube channel.
Booth, who also works on the library’s Winter Reading Club program, said that she also has a personal goal to get her daughter excited about reading.
“I also live in the district and have a child entering kindergarten in the fall so my goal was to sign her up for the club and try to read as many books together as we can before school starts,” Booth said.