The Slippery Summer Slide

Written by Shelby Quinlan, Library Assistant As a teacher turned library assistant myself, I know first-hand about the summer slide.  Not the fun summer slide where you spend all summer at the waterpark, but the tricky summer slide where students’ brains become a little doughier after bingeing on Netflix and Minecraft all summer. Studies show […]

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A father’s impact on a child’s life and the library

Written by Michael Eaton, Community Librarian In recent years, there has been research done about the positive impact fathers’ involvement has on their children, especially in literacy activities. Some of these include: Increased ability and interest in reading amongst children Increased attentiveness in the classroom Better developed problem-solving skills Greater resilience to stressful situations Over […]

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A Guide to Video Chatting

Video Chatting with Children Staying in contact with family can be only a click away with video chat. Whether your family members are living a few blocks away or on the other side of the world, using video chat allows you to experience face-to-face interaction, to celebrate milestones or just to watch them grow. Literacy […]

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Early Reading Part of exploring books for babies is to chew, shake and tear them—have some board books available for this! You can save special books on a high shelf, but place books for daily playing in easily accessible places, like a low shelf or a basket on the floor.</li> Read at least once a […]

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Child’s Play

Children learn through play! Limit screen time (TV, computers) when possible—children have a lot of energy and need movement and interaction to be a part of their learning. Studies show that excessive television time negatively impacts language skills. Make a game out of naming objects you see in the house or on the street! Play […]

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Tips for reading with a child

How you read is just as important as what you read. Speak slowly and clearly—this helps children hear the little sounds in words Repeat yourself—repetition of key words is important for learning Use short, simple sentences Look at your child while you are talking—children need to see mouths make words so they know how words […]

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