Marysville Library Blog

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Early Learning Resources Open House

Before I get into the purpose of this post, I would like to say a last "Goodbye!" to Kristin, she's been a great boss. I wish her all the best as she goes on in her career. Now, on to the business of the day:

In my last post, I talked about the 6 Early Literacy Skills librarians model during storytime. As I noted, these essential pre-reading skills help children develop and be ready for reading and school.

We are hosting a special event on September 20 10am-12pm called "Early Learning Resources Open House" to help give parents prepare their children for a successful Kindergarten and school experience. We are coordinating this event through all the Sno-Isle Libraries, and in fact with many other library systems throughout the state on this date. We invite you to come and join us for demonstrations of early learning resources. Bring the kids for hands-on activities and giveaways. Our aim as always is to give parents and caregivers the resources and knowledge they need to raise successful readers, and this Early Learning Resources Open House is another way to get the word out and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you there!

-Kathy

Friday, August 22, 2008

I LOVE the library

A young girl came up to the Information Desk recently and proclaimed, "I love the library. This is my favorite place in the world. I want to work at this library when I grow up".

She reminds me of myself at the same age - when a special day was one where I got to check out books from TWO libraries, not just one and when I used to label my books in hopes that my friends would check them out. The library has changed a lot, but it still inspires excitement.

What changes have you noticed? What do you love about the library? What programs would are you secretly wishing for? We want to know what would make you feel just like that little girl.

Even though this is only my second post, it will also be my last. I'll be starting up a new job next week. Thank you to everyone in the Marysville community that has made me feel so welcome. Be on the lookout for a new face and a new blogging voice in the next month or two.
-Kristin

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Deeper Storytime Purpose

So what are storytimes for, anyway? Kids have fun at them, parents get to connect with each other and get a break, but do they have any purpose other than that? Actually, the answer is YES! As Children’s Librarians, we are both teaching children some specific early literacy skills, and modeling for parents how to do it as well. These early literacy skills are skills that children need to acquire even before they learn how to read. Here are the six early literacy skills and how you as a parent can help your child with them:

1. Narrative Skills: It means being able to describe things and events and tell stories. How can you help the child in your life? Tell stories together, encourage pretend play, and let your child be a storyteller. Ask questions like, “And what happened then?” or “Tell me more about that.”

2. Letter Knowledge: It means knowing that letters are different from each other, each letter has a name, and specific sounds go with each letter. How can you help the child in your life? Find letters all around, and help your child identify the first letter in their name.

3. Print Awareness: It means knowing how to handle a book and how we follow words from left to right when we read. How can you help the child in your life? Let your child turn the pages, and point to the words as you read so the child learns you are reading words rather than pictures. Find words all around, like stop signs. Reading books with a phrase that repeats also helps, as pretend reading helps children practice being a reader.

4. Vocabulary: It means knowing the names of things so that they can understand what they’re reading. How can you help the child in your life? Repeat what they say but with more description, explain unfamiliar words, and talk about things you can’t point to, like feelings and ideas. Reading offers different words than conversation, so talk about the words they don’t know.

5. Print Motivation: It means being interested in and enjoying reading. This helps children want practice and become better readers. How can you help the child in your life? Let your child see reading as fun, pick books that they like or about subjects they’re interested in, and follow the moods of your child when choosing when to read to them.

6. Phonological Awareness: This scary phrase just means knowing that words are made up of individual sounds. How can you help the child in your life? Sing songs, repeat rhymes, say tongue twisters, and play word games.

We model all of this in storytime, and the children have fun, too! At the very best, parents or caregivers will go home and expand on what we've done in storytime. If you want to learn more, or have further questions, just ask here or at the Information Desk in the library.

-Kathy

(Much of this was developed by the Multnomah County Library)

Friday, August 1, 2008

7 Ways Your Public Library Can Help You During a Bad Economy

7 Ways Your Marysville Library Can Help You During a Bad Economy

I got the idea for this blog topic from The Consumerist blog, and edited it for Marysville:
  1. Borrow books for free. A book habit can be expensive, even if you buy from second hand book stores. Borrow books from us for free! If you prefer listening to your books, we also have both downloadable audiobooks and books on CD. Even if we don't have the exact book you're looking for, we can borrow it from another library system.
  2. We have DVD's and CD's, too. Our collection can be quite eclectic-full of hidden gems. We don't usually have the latest releases, but it's easy to try out an artist you've never heard of to find something you never knew you liked.
  3. Kids and teen activities. We have a very active Summer Reading Program with prizes and activites all summer to keep your kids excited about reading. We also have on-going storytimes throughout most of the year and other one-time programs. Our teens have lots of great activities in addition to their own Summer Reading Program, including our recent Murder Mystery night where 130 teens (most in costume) came.
  4. Make new friends. We're a good place to just hang out, reading or taking advantage of our Thoughtspot to work on small group projects. You can meet new people at our book club, too!
  5. Find a new job. We have lots of resources to help you transition to a new job, from books on how to write resumes and coverletters, to small business counseling, to books on how to pass a particular job exam.
  6. Computers. Use our computers 2 hours every day. Print 10 free pages every day (additional copies are 10 cents a page). Bring in your laptop and take advantage of our free Wi-Fi for as long as you want. We even offer classes on how to use the on-line resources available ONLY through our website.
  7. We listen to you! When you request a book we don't have in the system through clicking on the "Request an Item Not in the Catalog" link, we either buy the book for you or borrow it from another system. If you can't find what you're looking for, we librarians at the Information desk will listen closely and try everything we can think of to help you find it, either on-line or in a book. Just ask!

-Kathy