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Early Literacy Center at Van Etten Library September 6, 2016

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While visiting the Van Etten Library young patrons can stop at the Early Literacy Center, a special place for our youngest patrons to use educational material and enjoy fun activities. Some of the fun and engaging items include an art easel, alphabet magnets, image-word matching games, chunky puzzles, and LEGO sets. So stop in and check out the ELC, be creative and have fun!

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Fall Storytimes & 1000 Books Before Kindergarten September 2, 2015

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1000booksFall Storytimes at CCLD libraries are just around the corner, beginning the week of September 14 at all branches; check our website for dates and times. We offer storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers and all are drop in, no registration is required. Storytimes are a wonderful way to introduce your child to the joys of reading and increase their vocabulary, as well as help them to learn social skills. Our storytimes are full of fun too…interactive songs, flannel stories, rhymes and props that enhance the experience and make it pleasurable for caregivers as well as kids…and while you’re at the library, sign up for our latest early literacy program: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. (Currently available at Steele, Horseheads and Big Flats Libraries and funded by the Friends of the Horseheads Library.) This free, self-paced program challenges parents and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books before the child enters school. Research has shown that reading to children helps them be better prepared for school as it builds their vocabulary and stimulates language and cognitive skills. Reading together is great for bonding too, and stories read in storytime or at daycare can count as well. Ask us about this exciting new offering and we’ll see you soon at Storytime!

Happy Reading!

Janet Ackerman
Head of Youth Services
Steele Memorial Library, CCLD

New Tools For Early Literacy October 5, 2010

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Recognizing that literacy opens the door to a lifetime of learning, the Friends Board approved the purchase of two items on the “Library Wish List” during the September meeting. Both items, presented by CCLD Director Ron Shaw, will support the library’s early literacy initiatives and will cost around $7500.

The first, TumbleBooks (http://www.tumblebooks.com/), is an online collection of animated, talking picture books that promote literacy. Picture books have long been used to teach kids the joy of reading in a format they love. TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music, and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book which a child can read, or have read to them.

The TumbleBook Library collection will be available online from every computer in the libraries with Internet connection, or from home through a direct link on the library website.

The second purchase will be two Early Literacy Stations (ELS) targeted for kids, pre-K through 4th grade, and grows and changes as the child ages. Each ELS includes 50 educational software programs that cover seven curricular areas such as social studies, science and math. The website is http://www.awe-net.com/els.asp.

According to Ron, literacy is “the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. We want our kids to be knowledgeable and educated because we know this will enrich their experience of the world and expand their opportunities for success. And now, thanks to this generous support given by the Friends, our children will have that opportunity.”

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