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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Valedictorians Abound

25 Apr

3585052105_1052a5e228_b.jpgProgram Name: ACT/SAT Prep Classes and Practice Tests

What: ACT and SAT prep classes and practice test are available throughout the year for high school students to prepare for college exams. We also purchase test prep books and Playaway Launchpads that allow students to prepare for these tests.

Where: This program is offered in our large meeting space for practices tests and a smaller meeting space for prep classes. The larger room allows for students to spread out among tables, while the smaller space is perfect for a presentation about tips and tricks for test taking.

When: We offer this program in the fall and spring as kids are gearing up for SAT and ACT testing and have been offering it for a few years now as kids are continually looking for opportunities like these to increase their test scores.

Who: This program is for high school students only. For a little while we had families interested in younger students participating and we didn’t have the space for extra kids, so we’ve since narrowed the focus to high school students only.

How: We’re lucky enough to have a number of tutoring centers in our community that are willing to provide sample practice classes for us, plus we’ve partnered with the Princeton Review and have offered practice tests through them as well. We make an effort to partner with different organizations each year to ensure that we’re promoting the wide variety of tutoring centers in the area.

Alternatives:

  • A number of libraries offer after-school tutoring and if you do a search online, you’ll be able to find the logistics on how to offer a program like this.
  • We also offer a program called Reading Buddies which is for reading practice for Kindergarten-2nd graders who are paired with a student from 5th -12th grade. They meet at the library once a week for 30 minutes to practice reading skills and comprehension.

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Therapy Dog

23 Apr

dog-reading.jpgProgram Name: Paws to Read

What: This has been an extremely popular program during our Summer Reading program where elementary children get a chance to read aloud to our library’s therapy greyhound. This dog is fairly large, about 80lbs. but is the most gentle dog I’ve ever met -so calm and relaxed and absolutely loves spending time with the kids. And our therapy dog’s mom is also a library board member which is great for us and she does an amazing job, providing picture books to display for kids to read and spends time with each child answering questions about Star, our therapy dog and teaching the kids how to properly walk up to a dog and how to pet them.

Where: We offer this program in our children’s department which can at times be difficult, but we have learned how to navigate kids (who aren’t reading and just wants to pet the dog) and giving adequate time to each child to read – we usually give kids a 10-15 minute time slot to ensure that there are enough kids to read to Star and not to have him sitting in the library waiting for a long time between readers.

When: We offer this program during our summer reading program – one morning a week for six weeks during the summer for about 2 hours each session. We’ve tried this program throughout the school year and it’s difficult to get the kids to show-up after registering for the program so we tend to host it during the summer only.

Who: This program is geared toward elementary school who are learning to read or are fluent readers.

How: As I said, we have a library board member who has a therapy dog and donates her time to coming to the library during the summer, which we absolutely love, but this is not an uncommon program that many libraries have offered.

Alternatives:

  • I’ve seen libraries partner with local SPCAs to encourage pet adoptions which would be a great program as my own pup is a rescue.
  • I’ve also seen a number of universities offer time for students to cuddle with puppies or kitties during finals week as a way to decompress.

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

#blogbookaday: Read the Book, Lemmings!

10 Feb

37673110.jpgSummary:  “The team behind the New York Times bestselling Wolfie the Bunnyand Horrible Bear! is back with with new Arctic characters in this hilarious learning-to-read adventure!

Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an interesting fact: “Lemmings don’t jump off cliffs.” But Foxy can’t get the lemmings on the Cliff to read his book, too. They’re too busy jumping off.

After a chilly third rescue, exasperated Foxy and grumbly polar bear Captain PB realize their naughty nautical crew isn’t being stubborn: The lemmings (Jumper, Me Too, and Ditto) can’t read. And until Foxy patiently teaches his lemmings to read the book, he can’t return to reading it, either! ” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Poor Foxy is trying to tell the lemmings that they don’t actually jump, but all the lemmings here is… “JUMP!” so they do. And each time, Foxy must rescue them and then try to explain that they don’t j—, I mean, they should just read the book themselves. That’s when the Captain of the boat, and Foxy realize the poor little lemmings are illiterate! With Zachariah OHora’s iconic bright bold swatches of colors and thick black outlines this sis a fun story that you’ll want to read again and again, plus kids can help read the story because those cute little lemmings are fairly predictable – making it fun for the whole family!

Personal Reaction:  Apparently, lemmings don’t actually jump off cliffs…. who knew! I love when I learn something new from an unexpected place, plus if I’m also entertained – then it’s a bonus! I’ve had the chance to meet both Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival, plus Zachariah OHora has visited my library for an author visit for PA’s One Book, Every Young Child Initiative. They are both the sweetest, kindest people and I love when they collaborate – they books are always so much fun!

Title: Read the Book, Lemmings!
Author: Ame Dyckman
Illustrator: Zachariah OHora
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 7, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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