Here are some great books recommended by our staff.
By Natalie Isham, Children’s Librarian
On August 21st, 2017, all of North America will experience a solar eclipse. In our little pocket of southwest Michigan, we will have a partial eclipse beginning at approximately 2:21 PM EST. In celebration of this natural wonder, Lincoln Township Public Library is holding a Sun Party at the Lincoln Township Community Center Park from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. We have prepared activities for all ages, including sensory bins for ages 2-6, coloring pages, buttons, “sun” themed snacks, a fun photo-op board, and a time capsule that we will open at the next eclipse in 2024! Our staff will also provide materials and instruction on building a pinpoint viewer.
Staff Picks – August 2017
Summer is not over yet – so keep reading!
The One and Only Ivan / Kate Applegate (Junior Fiction) – Mary Ann
Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.
During the month of August, children ages two to six can Play to Learn on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Play to Learn is taking the place of our regularly scheduled story times. Caregivers and kids are welcome in our story time room 10:30-11:30 to use their imaginations and discover a new way to play. This August we are focusing on S.T.E.A.M. activities.
S.T.E.A.M. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART, & MATH
Even a two year old isn’t too young to discover S.T.E.A.M. through exploring sea shells, reading a book with their caregiver on an iPad, building with blocks, doing open ended painting with tempura cakes, and attempting a puzzle. Kids entering Kindergarten will get a jump on exploring skills they will learn this school year.
Each week will feature new activities, but caregivers are welcome to bring their kids multiple days during the week. Younger siblings are also welcome to attend and play in our special Little Learners area in the story time room.
Even though summer reading is over for the summer, we encourage all kids to keep reading.
Kids Need to Read Daily for 20 minutes
A report – America Reads Challenge – from the US Dept of Education shows that a child who reads 20 minutes a day (for five days each week) will have an equivalent of 60 additional school days.
This additional 400 minutes a month will result in a better reader and writer who will gain more knowledge and vocabulary.
Summer Learning Loss
When kids take a break from school, they can lose some of the learning from the prior school year. To help kids succeed in school, the library works to keep them reading throughout the summer.
A challenging book: if the child in your care is finding a book challenging, offer to read it aloud together. You can either switch readers each page or chapter. Or read it aloud for them.
Let them read what they want: it’s summer time so it’s a good opportunity to read something that isn’t required reading.
Audio is an option too: this format is great for reluctant readers, for kids with learning disabilities and for long road trips!
Ask a librarian for recommendations and advice: They read a lot of great books!
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Looking for a great book to read? Here are some books recommended by our staff. Check one out today.
By Brian Johnston, Head of Public Services and Natalie Isham, Children’s Librarian
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