>The American Optometric Association sponsors Save Your Vision Month in March of each year.
They have a posted an excellent info sheet on Healthy Vision at the Computer, filled with things to be aware of as you work on your computer.
Another help for your vision are large print books. All libraries and bookmobiles have a selection of large print books for those who need this type of print. And even if you don’t absolutely need large print, sometimes it is just nice to read in that format.
In the near future we will be purchasing additional large print materials thanks to a grant appropriated by the Florida State Legislature.
“You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than reading to a child? On March 2 (Dr. Seuss’s birthday), Random House and the National Education Association urge you to participate in Read Across and read to a child .
Why Celebrate Dr. Seuss?
Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love of children and learning. Also, his use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful. When we celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading, we send a clear message to America’s children that reading is fun and important. ….seussville.com
So have some fun. Pick out a good book and Read Across America.
>What are the most popular books?
With our updated catalog webpage, we can generate information on what are the most popular titles, authors and subjects.
If you like to see what others are reading and viewing look at the catalog webpage under what others are reading. You can click on the item link and place a request so you can read that book too. You’ll need your library card number and PIN (obtained at the library) to place a request online.
>Can’t say it too many times:
Children whose parents read to them become better readers and perform better in school. Other family activities, such as telling stories and singing songs, also encourage children’s acquisition of literacy skills.
Source: Every Child Ready to Read, the joint project of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children
Libraries locally and across the state are gearing up for summer programs at the library. The goal is to keep children reading during the summer so that they maintain their reading skills while school is not in session.
Reading is like learning to play the piano…children get better with practice.
Library staff will be visiting schools to tell children about programs and distribute schedules. Schedules will also be available at the libraries and online.
Read Across America Day is Monday, March 3, 2008. From the NEA (National Education Association) website:
(Read Across America) was orignally a one-day event to celebrate the joy of reading, NEA’s Read Across America, sponsored by the National Education Association, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., and more than 50 national sponsors including the National Football League Players Association, has grown into the nation’s largest reading celebration.
Read Across America culminates each year on March 2—the birthday of beloved children’s author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The program provides children with motivation to read and delivers an important message: Kids who read—and are read to—do better in school and in life. Read Across America calls on every community to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday through reading motivation and awareness. The literacy program also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on their calendar 365 days a year.
It’s a day to notice, but we hope you don’t need a special day to read to your child…read every day!
>1 in 4–the headline reads “1 in 4 adults read no books last year.”
What a shame…all the enjoyment and knowledge that is missing from their lives.
Everyone has priorities and work, TV, Internet may be more important for some than reading.
The article only talks about reading books, not magazines or newspapers. I hope that one person is reading something.
At least our library users are the other three of the four. I worry, though, about the other one.
Five things to do to encourage your child to read:
5. Read with a purpose…read directions for a craft activity or a recipe.
4. Encourage your child to read aloud to you…have your child share an interesting part of a book or read a joke to you.
3. Encourage older children to read to younger brothers and sisters.
2. Read aloud to your child.
1. Take your child to the library regularly.
>Some summer program schedules are ready, check the online calendar for June and July. More programs will be posted as soon as the schedule is finalized.
>Brown Bear, Dr. Seuss books, Hungry Caterpillar…just a few great children’s books. The library has many, many more of course.
Staff who work with children might use these books and many others in presenting programs for children. The spring schedule of programs is winding down…the programs will be over by the end of April. But staff is busy working on a schedule of programs for school age children during the summer.
Teachers know and research has shown that children need to keep reading during the summer to maintain the skills they have learned during the school year. Reading is like learning to play the piano: practice, practice, practice; you get better with practice.
Programs at the library during the summer keep children involved with books and reading. Staff are working hard to develop programs that children will enjoy. New books are purchased. We are working to keep children reading during the summer.
Schedules will be ready soon. They will be available through the schools, at the library and posted online.