Literacy Info and Appreciation Night

Tonight’s the night!  It’s our Literacy Info and Appreciation Night!

Join us at 6pm for a short info session with our Summer Literacy Tutors Gracey and Molly. They’ll give a brief rundown of their plans for the tutoring sessions, answer questions, and allow parents to try out some of the literacy manipulatives.

We’ll also be welcoming patrons who donated this spring toward our Literacy program. We have so many generous people in our community who love the library, and chose to give charitably to this wonderful program. Because of them, we’re able to have two tutors, provide tutoring sessions to 24 children from our area, and this year, we’ll also be able to offer Flex Fridays!

What are Flex Fridays? Parents have been asking for more sessions, longer sessions, and more flexibility in session times. We responded by opening up Fridays to everyone with a reading-buddy style program. Each session will run for 30 minutes, with participants reading from a book they are already working on. Our tutors will offer support, and give some fluency tips, but basically, they’ll make sure your young reader isn’t losing their reading skills over the summer. Sign up for one session, or sign up each week–it’s going to be a beneficial program!

If you have a child already registered for the Literacy Tutoring program, please join us tonight for refreshments, and bring your questions. And if you made a donation to the program this spring, we’d love to have you attend as well!

See you tonight at the library!

Summer Literacy Tutoring!

We’re opening up the last few spaces for our Summer Literacy Tutoring program today!

If your child is in Kindergarten to Grade 3 and is in need of some extra reading help this summer, we’ve still got a few spaces left in our literacy tutoring program.

Kids will have one-on-one tutoring sessions for one hour a day, during a two week period. Tutors will assess your child for reading difficulties on the first day, and will tailor the program according to those needs. No need for recommendations from teachers now, but we do ask that you leave these tutoring sessions for children who really need some extra support (not just those who are looking for something for their children to do over the summer).

We only have a few spaces left, so it’s a first-come, first-served basis, and once the spaces are full, that’s it. Please drop by the library ASAP to fill out your registration forms and pay the $15 session fee (cash or cheque only, please). We will NOT take registrations through email, over the phone, or on social media.

*Please note…..we will ALSO be having a “Flex Friday” reading buddy session each week. Everyone—-even those not enrolled in the literacy tutoring program—-will have a chance to participate in this weekly, 30 minute reading session. There is no fee for this, and registration will take place weekly.

If you have any questions, we’ll answer them here, or give us a call. But this is going to fill up SUPER FAST, so don’t hesitate if you think this would benefit your child!

Join the Flock!

For the entire month of January, if you donate $1 toward our Summer Literacy Tutoring Program, you’ll become one of the flock!

You’ll receive a cute sheep to put in our yard, and a fun take-home bookmark as a thank you. We’d love to fill up this entire yard with sheep, so bring a loonie the next time you drop by the library. Don’t be sheepish about donating.

Support a young reader…you’ll be “wooly” happy you did!

eReader, Tablet, Phone, Computer? Help!

It’s that time again…time to answer all those burning questions about eReaders. It seems like every year, we go through a cycle of time where people turn up with new devices and need help downloading books. Maybe it’s the summer, when people are traveling and need the ability to take multiple books with them without the extra weight. Or maybe it’s the holidays, when well-meaning family or friends purchase those devices as gifts, and then go happily back to their lives, leaving their recipient with millions of questions on how to use the thing. Whatever the reason, we have a few suggestions.

While we can’t recommend specific devices, we can steer you toward the easiest options for YOU.

I want to be able to read an eBook on a device outside in the bright sunshine.

Then an eReader with some sort of real paper technology is what you’re looking for. Tablets aren’t really capable, and some eReaders just don’t use the technology. But if you’re only interested in being able to read on the beach, do your research and find a device that mimics paper while lighting it enough that you can read while outside. They’re out there, but not on all devices.

I want to listen to audibooks while I’m at the gym.

You have several options. The easiest one is to download an app onto your cell phone or tablet and plug in the earphones. We have some great free apps for downloading audiobooks—Libby (formerly OverDrive), and Hoopla are both available in your app stores, require minimal setup, and you can be listening in minutes!

You can also download audiobooks to your computer, and transfer them to some eReaders that have MP3 capabilities. This option is rather involved (a specific, kind of antiquated program to help you transfer the items, a computer, and your eReader). It’s a little tricky. If you’re not into tricky, try another option. See above.

I want to read eBooks and listen to audiobooks on something other than my computer. And, oh, I’m over 40 and suddenly can’t read any fonts smaller than 14 point.

Don’t go the cell phone route. Even when you can pinch open a page to make it larger, you’ll only have a few words on your screen, and that can be annoying. You might be able to swing an eReader, which will help you make the font larger, but it’s also a bit tricky to download books (see above). What you need is a tablet!

You can do all of these things on a tablet, and you don’t need to purchase an expensive one to do it. As long as your tablet can download apps, you’re good to go. While the app won’t necessarily let you make the font larger, you’ll have plenty of screen to open the books on without sacrificing space. Try to aim for the largest screen you can, if you’re going to do eBooks specifically. But if you’re going for audibooks, you can size down for prize and go for the best deal. It’ll work great!

I want to be able to cast my audiobooks using Alexa or Google Home, or listen to them in the car on bluetooth.

For both of these, you’ll need special devices. To listen to audibooks using your Amazon Echo (Alexa) or Google Home, you need a subscription to Audible.ca. Libby and Hoopla books don’t work quite yet, although Hoopla might have something coming in the future.

To listen to audibooks in your car, you have to have Bluetooth installed in your car, and set the bluetooth to “on” on your phone. Then, you should be able to play your audiobooks through your car speakers just fine.

We love audiobooks and eBooks through both of our wonderful programs, but you do need to think about what you want your device to do before purchasing something to make sure you get the most out of it!

And ALL of your downloads from Libby and Hoopla count toward our circulation, so just because you might not be coming to the library as often for physical books doesn’t mean you aren’t moving our circulation along. Keep reading and keep listening! We love our patrons!

TAG, Teen Book Club, & Goodbyes

This is the last week for your teen to get their application into the library for our 2018-2019 Teen Advisory Group. They’ll meet new people, do great things for the library, and even earn most of their school volunteer hours. But, they can’t participate if they don’t submit an application, so make sure to drop by the library to pick one up. It’s a fun interview process (we promise), and they’ll make a real difference to our library.

We’re also getting books ready for our Teen Book Club, which begins again in September. This is always an amazing activity for teens aged 12 and up, who love to read. We meet on the last Wednesday of every month for snacks, book talk, and MUCH more. This will be our fourth year running, and we’re hoping to have a few new faces join us. Our book list for the 2018-2019 period is exciting, a little adventurous, and hopefully, exactly what everyone wants to read and discuss!

Sept. 26  THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken

Oct. 31   (Horror Month) —  THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijakamp   OR….. BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman

Nov. 28  SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

Dec. 12    CHRISTMAS PARTY

Jan. 30  (Sci Fi Month) — ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis     OR…… THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

Feb. 27  WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME by Josh Sundquist

Mar. 27  THE OUTSIDERS  by S.E. Hinton

Apr. 24  END OF YEAR PARTY

 

And this week marks the last day for our Summer Literacy Tutors. We’ll have a full breakdown of stats for this amazing program really soon, but for now, we’re getting ready to say goodbye to our tutors Molly and Gracey. We can’t wait until you’re back next summer!

 

Literacy Tutoring Now Open!

Our Summer Literacy Tutoring list isn’t quite full, so we’re opening it up to patrons. If you have a child in Kindergarten to Grade 3 who might need a little extra help this summer with reading skills, you can now stop in and fill out an application!

This is a two-week program of one-on-one tutoring. Each child will attend for an hour a day, five days a week, and have individual lessons planned for them. Our trained tutors will also keep a close interaction with parents so that they will learn how to help their child with homework, and excel even after the program is finished.

Drop by the library to fill out an application. We won’t accept applications online, or over the phone. There are limited spaces, so once they’re all full, they’re full! Don’t hesitate!

We’re excited about helping children with their reading this summer. It’s going to be fun!

 

Thank you!

We’d also like to thank the Canadian Federation of University Women – Perth & District,  for their amazingly generous donation to our Children’s Summer Literacy Program. Their continued support each year has helped us to expand from one tutor for 12 students, into two tutors and 24 students. And while we started our literacy tutoring program focusing only on Kindergarten and Grade 1 students, we now offer reading help for children up to Grade 3.

And we love that representatives from the CFUW visit us each year to hear about our plans, or talk about what we did during the summer with regards to our tutoring sessions. We’re excited to show them progress reports, photos, and statistics that exhibit exactly how much the program is helping these young readers.

The proof Summer Literacy is important? We start getting phone calls and emails from teachers and parents in early January, asking when they can apply, and how many children we’ll be able to work with this summer. We don’t want to turn anyone away, so donations such as this, enable us to continue to offer a program that will impact as many young lives as possible.

Thank you so much. You truly made a difference to our library!