When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian.
Jenna Boller in Best Foot Forward.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Value of Summer Reading

Summer is a lot of fun at the library. Children are coming in for storytimes, crafts, music, magic and more. They are participating in the Summer Reading program and getting bags, prizes and goodies just for reading. We have programs and activities for young people from birth through high school.

Why do we go to so much trouble and effort to keep the young people reading in the summer? Studies have shown that children who read four or five books during the summer can prevent the reading achievement losses that normally occur over those months. In a study in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk in 2004, researcher Jimmy S. Kim found that regardless of race, socioeconomic level, or previous achievement children who read more books fared better on reading-comprehension tests in the fall than their peers who had read one or no books over the summer.

This summer slump has been recognized by educators for a long time. In order to encourage their students to participate in the library summer reading program, the principals of Coffeyville Community Elementary and the South Coffeyville Elementary school will have a special surprise for their students who bring their completed Summer Reading Certificates to school in August. Also the library will give a certificate to the school that has the largest percentage of children participating in the reading part of the summer activities.

Entering the summer reading program is easy. Come to the library, pick up a bag and fill out a registration form. You can do this anytime the library is open. As the children read during summer, they will receive a ticket for attendance at programs, number of books read or time spent reading, reading the special Bookshelf books and completing the program. At the final session, July 30th, these tickets can be redeemed for prizes. If you cannot come to the final session, you can redeem the tickets at the library from July 30 through August 15. You will get your Summer Reading Certificate when you get your prizes.

Reading with your child/grandchild/special friend during the summer is one of the best things you can do to help his/her school achievement and success in life. Participating in the summer reading program at the library can make it fun.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Staff Picks

Are you looking for a good book to read? Have you read all of the ones that your favorite author has written and are wondering what to read next? If so, Staff Picks are for you.

During the month of May the display at the Library is full of the books that the staff likes. Each book has the name of the person who picked it. If you find that you like the same books as a staff member, you can talk to the person about other books you might like.

Post a comment to let me know what some of your favorite books are.


Thursday, May 7, 2009

We the People Bookshelf

The Coffeyville Public Library has been awarded a We the People Bookshelf - Picturing America. The Bookshelf is a set of classic books for young readers from Kindergarten through high school.
Each year National Endowment for the Humanities identifies a theme important to the nation's heritage and selects books that embody that theme. This collection of theme-related books is the Bookshelf. In addition to introducing young readers to good literature, the Bookshelf promotes understanding of abstract or general ideas through the power of particular stories.
Titles selected for the We the People Bookshelf might highlight important chapters in American history; or express universal themes that are integral parts of American culture. The books are intended to represent the rich texture of the American heritage, a tradition that has incorporated ideas and texts from around the world.
NEH awards the Bookshelves to libraries across the country for use in programs primarily for young people. In return for receiving a Bookshelf, libraries organize programs that highlight the theme and encourage young readers to explore the selected books. At our library, children who read one of the Bookshelf books during the summer will receive an extra Summer Reading ticket that can be used to select a prize. The children will write reviews for the books. We will post the reviews on our website. There will be a special program in the fall for the families of children who have read one or more of the books.
In the Picturing America Bookshelf, readers are invited to steer their way across the continent by river with Lewis and Clark in 1802, travel the railroad with Robert Louis Stevenson in 1879, or drive along the open highways with John Steinbeck and his dog Charley in 1960. Through the life and poetry of Walt Whitman emerge powerful images of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln; through the life and lens of Dorothea Lange we witness the impersonal forces and human faces of the Depression.
The books are in the Children’s room at the library. People of all ages are welcome to check them out. If you would like to write a review or just make some comments about the book, let any of the staff know and we will be glad to post it on our website.

Image courtesy of Julie Paschkis