Reading Help

You’ve probably noticed a lot of changes at the library in the past year. It’s been an exciting time for all of us, and one of the newest challenges is going to be a rewarding summer tutoring program for youngsters in our community. We’re pairing up with two local schools this summer to provide a one-on-one reading program for students who face losing reading skills over the summer months. This is part of a County-wide literacy project called the Lanark County Summer Literacy project.

20150525_150928We’d like to welcome Erica to the Carleton Place Public Library as our summer tutor! Erica will be working closely with the schools this month to help them identify children in need of this program, and then with the children over the upcoming weeks to keep their reading skills strong. She’ll implement tactics learned during an extensive training program, and encourage each emergent readers to participate in the TD Summer Reading Club in a variety of ways. She’s a wonderful addition to our summer programming, and we’re delighted to have her with us.

So, if you see Erica and her young readers in the library this summer, rest assured this is one program that is going to make a difference in the lives of our local children. We’ll report on how we did at the end of the summer, so make sure to check back in August!

Dads and Babies

babytimefacebookHey Dad….stay home with your baby today!

Okay, this isn’t an official holiday or anything, but we do have a lot of dads that come with their little ones to babytime and storytime. And it’s refreshing to see such hands-on dads!

While some dads are really lucky, the Swedish government recognizes how hard it is for fathers to spend these precious and important early years with their children. Not only do they have a very generous maternity leave in Sweden (480 days), at least 60 of these days MUST be taken by the father, or are lost altogether. Isn’t that amazing?

Photographer Johan Bävman has begun a photo series he calls Swedish Dads, showing just what it is like for these fathers who are tasked with taking care of their little ones. So far, he’s documented thirty dads, but is aiming for sixty, to have one for each of the paternity leave days. Drop by his website here to see some fantastic funny, heartwarming, and beautiful pictures of dads and their children in this series. You can also read about each of their stories. I guarantee this will make your Monday better!

Storytime…en francais.

If you attended our French Storytime during the March Break, you got to know our wonderful friend Agathe. And guess what? She’s coming back for more!

Frenchstorytime1We’re looking forward to offering French Storytime for ages 2 and up once per month….at least until the summer. Join us on the following dates for songs, stories and a quick craft!

Monday, April 13th   10:30am

Monday, May 11   10:30am

Monday, June 8    10:30am

It’s going to be a lot of fun. Please call or drop in to register. And while we know that a lot of people are interested in a later storytime for older kids, we’ll see if we can’t meet everyone’s needs during the summer months.

Projects!

onlineresourcesWe often have children come to the library looking for very specific resources because they have a project. While we carry LOTS of great, new non-fiction in our juvenile section, we can’t carry everything, and that project about the Australian thorny devil lizard probably won’t garner a lot of hits when you search our library catalog. But what we don’t have in books, we make up for in online resources. This is WAY better than using Wikipedia.

onlineIf you drop by our online catalog, you can click on the “Online Resources” button (just like the one above….and I’ve linked it here so you can go directly to it while you read this blog post). At that point, select Homework Help, and you’ll be brought to a couple of great website links, such as Kids InfoBits.

kidsI LOVE this particular resource because it is so user friendly, and is aimed at kids from Kindergarten to Grade 5—exactly the ones who might not have a lot of research skills at this point. From there, you can choose your topic, search, and voila! Tons of great information! We’ve been suggesting this site to teachers who frequent the library, and the response so far has been wonderful.

While researching projects at the library is nothing new, being able to do it from home through the library catalog is a great idea not many people think about. This is second in our series called “FIND IT NOW : Online Resources at the Library.”

French Storytime!

storytimefrancaisLast week, we posted a notice to parents who might be interested in joining us for a French Storytime at the library. The response was amazing! Not only did we find a very generous community member who is excited about helping us with this project, we also heard back from many of you regarding what you’re looking for.

While we don’t have a definite plan yet, we will be hosting a French Storytime event during the March Break, so watch here for more information! This will be a fun preview of the regular storytime, and you’ll get to meet the wonderful Agathe, our storytime leader!

Now, off to purchase books for these sessions!

Storytime…en francais!

storytimefrancaisIt’s been a while coming, but we’re hoping to start up a French Storytime for our wonderful young patrons. Living in a community with a French school, and French immersion in many of the other schools, we know there is a great need for this type of program. We also have more and more French-speaking families who have moved into the area, and we want to accommodate them, as well. But right now, we do not have anyone on-staff who speaks French, so we’re a little limited. That’s where YOU come in.

We’re looking for someone in our community who might be interested in leading a French storytime once a week, for a 6-week session. Each storytime will last 20 – 25 minutes, and we’ll provide all of the resources and support. All you’d have to do is make the commitment, and join us at the library to make this wonderful program a reality! This would be a wonderful opportunity for someone homeschooling children, a retired community member, or even a high school student looking to earn a few volunteer hours. If you know someone who might be interested, please pass on the information, and have them get in touch with us at the Carleton Place Public Library, or cplibrarykids@yahoo.ca.

This week, we’re running a quick questionnaire in the library for our patrons to find out who might be interested, and how we can best serve our young patrons. Please stop in to fill out the questionnaire, which includes questions about when to run it, what age group is looking for a French storytime, and the extent of your child’s French abilities. If you can’t make it in, please let us know and we’ll send you some info.

Yay for French Storytime!

 

We’re Starting Again!

No, I don’t mean we’re starting from scratch. We’re just getting back into our regular programs. It’s going to be a fun year!

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First up this week is Storytime. We still have spaces for the 9:30am session, and the 10:15am session, so give us a call right away to save your place.  And as always, if the buses are cancelled, please remember there will be no storytime session that week.

And we’re welcoming babies back on Thursday, January 8th! This is a six-week session only, Thursday mornings at 9:30. Don’t worry, you don’t have to attend all of them (babies are very unpredictable), but try to make it to one at least. You’ll meet other parents, and your babies will have a chance to socialize. Once again, give us a call to register, and watch our Facebook page in case of bad weather adjustments.

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