Take and Make Crafts
Youth Services have several Take & Make crafts for you to take home.
These take-home kits are to inspire families to work together at home. Take & Make crafts include everything to do with farming, Pom-Pom Pencil Monsters and Storytime crafts. Click Here and go to Children's Take & Make.
Library cards have no age requirement at SCPL! To obtain a library card for your child, please go to the Circulation Desk. Any child may obtain a card which is then linked to a parent card in our system.
Unattended Child Policy: Please do not leave your children unattended in the library. The library is a public place. For their safety, children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver, age 16 or older, who will maintain eye contact with the children. Library staff are not considered in loco parentis. All children and their caregivers are subject to the library’s Public Conduct Policy.
This program is currently virtual
Equipping your child to become an eager lifelong learner begins at birth. Our storytimes will model for you effective ways to share reading, music, and play-based learning that will greatly enhance your child’s early development. Come join us for stories, bouncing, singing, crafts and fun. No registration required.
Scott County Public Library Storytimes are typically hosted weekly and by age:
0-24 months Monday and Tuesdays at 9:30 AM
24-36 months Monday and Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
3-5+ years (International Family Storytime) Wednesday at 6:30 PM
3-5 years Preschool Storytime Thursdays at 10 and 11 AM
You must call the library to receive the password to access the Storytimes page.
This program is currently virtual
Children ages 6 & up can drop by the children's activity room most Wednesdays at 3:30pm. They will explore their creative sides with a new art or craft project each week. Children must be able to use scissors, glue, permanent markers, and paints on their own, and follow directions. Smocks will be provided when needed to protect clothing. From Matisse cut-outs to building paper sculptures, our Creative Kids program builds little artists. Please keep an eye on our calendar for other fun art programs like our annual book parties, character-themed events, and Thinkers Group(a special arts-intensive). Need more information? Email Yolanda@scottpublib.org
Children ages 6-12 have plentiful opportunities to learn, know, gather, and grow at the Scott County Public Library. Check out our calendar of events for programs such as Books and Best Friends (1st and 3rd Saturdays), Creative Kids (Wednesdays), Tween Art (select Thursdays), Tween Crafternoons (select Fridays), Tween STEM Days (select Fridays), and more! And don’t forget that the library provides access to Tutor.com, which is available for free homework help from 2:00pm to midnight every day, as well as access to databases like Kentucky Virtual Library, Eric, ProQuest, and Encyclopedia Britannica. Contact the Youth Services manager or call (502) 863-3566 for more information.
Accelerated Reading (AR) programs, 40 Book Challenges, Battle of the Books…we've got you covered in Youth Services. Our online catalog provides lots of great information on our collection to help you find the perfect book. Or come in for a reader’s advisory chat with a librarian whenever we are open! Want eResources? Our website is open 24/7 for Hoopla, Overdrive, LIBBY, Lynda and much more. Check us out!
1,000 Books Read Before Kindergarten encourages reading at an early age. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before kindergarten. It takes patience, encouragement and lots of support from the family.
To get started, parents can keep track of all books read in methods such as, personal logs, Spreadsheet (Print PDF), or journals. When completed, turn in your sheet to the Youth Services to be recognized. The record of books your child has read can be a keepsake for them as they get older. The Scott County Public Library will recognize your child's achievement with books, a book bag, prizes, a certificate, and a picture to be posted on the website and social sites (with your consent) to honor their achievement.
So what are you waiting for? START READING!
Frequently Asked questions:
- Can you really expect to read 1,000 books to your child before kindergarten?
If you read only one bedtime story every night for three years you will have read: 365x3=1,095 books. If you read 10 books each week for two years, you will have read 1040. Just double that rate to do 1,000 books in one year. You can begin much earlier though, when your child is an infant!
- Do we have to read books from the Scott County Public Library?
No, you can read books from anywhere. The goal is that READING is made an essential and expected part of a child's life.
- I read the same book every night to my child. Can I count that book more than once?
Yes, write down the title each and every time you read the book. Repetition encourages learning narrative progression, but we encourage adding new and similar books for variety.
- I have more than one child I read to. Can I count the same title for each child?
Yes, you can. If one of your older children reads to their sibling, you can count that also.
- Can I count books that are read at Storytime?
Yes, just ask the youth services staff for the titles and the author's names.
- What about the books that my preschooler hears at school from the preschool teachers?
Yes, you can count those if they were read in their entirety and listened to all the way through.
- My child has an electronic device that reads the story. Does that count?
As long as your child listens to the entire story. You can count it.
- My child "reads" books to himself. Should I count those?
While it's great start to reading, if your child is only pretending to read, you shouldn't count it. If your child has memorized a book you read together recently and can read it themselves, then go ahead and count it.
If you have further questions about this program, please email the Youth Services Manager at: Roseann@scottpublib.org.
This program is currently virtual
Young readers are invited to "bone up" on their reading skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Recommended for ages is 4-12 years old; and children and adults with disabilities are welcome. Please speak with the Pawsibilities Unleashed representative for special accommodations or programming, or get more details from the Youth Services Manager.
Every First and Third Saturdays of the month at 2:00pm, Pawsibilities Unleashed brings certified and insured therapy dogs to the library for an hour of relaxation with some good books and you!
All Kits are available to checkout without the toys
The Library has all kinds of KITS that patrons can check-out and enjoy. Youth Services provides the following types of KITS which can be checked out for three weeks at a time:
ART Kits: Located in the J740 shelves, these kits will teach children how to create art like Eric Carle, Ezra Jack Keats, Leo Lionni, Denise Fleming, and more.
Science Kits: Located in tubs above the J500 shelves, these kits include a volcano, the human body, Boom Whackers, magnifiers and more.
STAR Kits: with over 80 to choose from, these kits come packed with books, DVDs, toys and a binder filled with craft ideas, songs to sing, and fingerplays to try. Some favorite kits are Dinosaurs; Mo Willems; My New Sibling; Dentist; Scaredy Squirrel; Llama Llama, and Pete the Cat for the preschool set. For School-aged children we have kits on Dragons, Pirates, Fibonacci Numbers and more.
Bilingual Game Kits: from Shapes and Patterns, to Critters, Counting, and Dressing Yourself, these self-contained bag kits are bilingual Eng/Spa and easy to play with the family.
Experience Kits: from learning to knit, play D&D or Magic the Gathering, to making a Darth Vader birthday cake (pan included!), we have kits to provide your family with a whole new experience. Not sure if you want to buy that board game? Try it out now from the library!
We'll highlight topics of interest and share ideas that matter to you and your children. Have a story to share? Send me an email at email@example.com.
Talking with our kids about 9/11
Many of you coming into the library with your children were probably quite young yourselves when the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were attacked on that cloudless, late summer day in 2001. Pulling on your own memories of how you felt and experienced those awful days can be a great help in figuring out how to talk with your own children about these violent attacks, for they will surely be asking. This year is the 20th anniversary, and images, messages, and remembrances are everywhere.
The library has some resources that might help. Yesterday, I read 2 books that I highly recommend. I suggest that parents read any book about 9/11 first and then share with their kids who are old enough to follow along. America is Under Attack by Don Brown is part of his series Actual Times. Written in straightforward, clear, honest language, his book tells exactly what happened that day, intertwining stories of individuals caught in the towers and in the Pentagon. Some survived, some did not. The artwork is heart wrenching – not graphic, but deeply moving in its depictions of people trying to escape.
I also read the graphic novel version of I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001, based on the novel of the same title by Lauren Tarshis who is aided by Georgia Ball in adapting the story into a comic, with art by Corey Egbert, and colors by Chi Ngo. This comic tells the story of Lucas, a 5th grader whose dad is a New York City firefighter. Lucas LOVES football but after multiple concussions, his parents refuse to let him play anymore. Lucas sneaks into the city to see his Uncle Benny, a firefighter at the same station as his dad. He is sure Uncle Benny will talk his parents into letting him play. That is when the towers are attacked. Lucas finds himself in the epicenter of the disaster. Will Uncle Benny? Will his dad? Will Lucas survive? As Lauren Tarshis does so well in all of her I Survived books, she tells an exciting story about real events in an age appropriate way that humanizes historical events.
We currently have a poster display in our gallery, developed by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Perhaps it would be most meaningful to read one of these books with your child(ren) and then visit the display to see photographs taken that day at the attack sites. We also have other excellent elementary and middle grade books about 9/11 on display in the children’s area, as well as a display of adult materials near the check out desk.
Talking with our children about tragic events is never easy. Be an active listener with your child. Validate their emotions, creating a safe environment for them to ask questions and express fears. Maybe they are not ready yet, and that needs to be honored as well. And don’t be afraid to be honest yourself especially if you don’t know how to answer their questions. Finally, if this all seems overwhelming to you or your children, remember Mr. Rogers and his famous words of wisdom about confronting scary and/or tragic events: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LGHtc_D328 (Go to YouTube and type Mr. Rogers look for the helpers into the search bar.)
There is no one way to do this hard work, but your loving presence and authentic words of hope are the best things you can offer.
Big Life Lessons can still be learned from Picture Books
There is a misconception among many adults that once a child learns to read, they no longer need to read Picture Books. I am here to tell you this is not true! Adults, you can read them and learn a thing or two, too.
Picture books have a way of staying with us. Everyone has at least one picture book from their childhood that they remember, whether it was the pictures, the story, the lesson, or the way it made you feel. In fact, so many college grads get Picture Books for gifts- from Dr. Suess to The Giving Tree…
My favorite book is called The Little Brute Family by Rusell & Lillian Hoban *(© 1966). The Brutes are a family of hairy, mannerless, hopeless, joyless creatures until the baby Brute gets lost in a field of daisies, happens upon a ‘good feeling’, pockets the feeling, and brings it home to share with his family. They family is soon transformed by the good feeling, because a little good feeling can make a huge impact. After reading this book, my lesson was learned, and I never let a bad feeling or a bad day, or an argument take over, and tried to seek out a good feeling to turn my frown upside down. Whenever I find myself getting too overwhelmed, I think of Baby Brute and that one Good Feeling. It helps that the illustrations by Lillian Hoban are just too perfectly funny!
The picture book has power because it can take BIG life issues and distill them down into simple words and illustrations that even the youngest of children – and stubborn adult- can comprehend.
As children grow, they can be filled with self-doubt, and we hear things such as ‘I can’t do it’, ‘I’m not smart enough’, or ‘I’m too different- I’m not like them.” This is when we return to Picture Books. Read them out loud. Read them again. Go to the library. Read 50 more. Find comfort in simple messages that we forget as we get older and try to navigate a very un-picture-perfect world. What lessons can you learn from picture books? How about:
Owen & Mzee: two very different animals, of very different ages, can become best friends
I Promise: our own success begins with the promises we make to ourselves. We are important!
The Sandwich Swap: the smallest thing can pull us apart from our friends, but friendship is more powerful than differences in the end. Our differences make us special.
The Dot: the journey of self-discovery begins with leaving your mark and seeing where it takes you
They All Saw A Cat: celebrate how you see life, differently from others, because perspective is everything!
Parker Looks Up: we can become anything we dream of if we keep looking up and to our future. And good role models abound if we only look up!
The Magical Yet: You can’t do it? Not Yet? But you will! Keep trying! You got this!
Most Marshmallows: be true to yourself, even if you are REALLY different from everyone around you! Break away from the mold and be yourself!
RED: A Crayon’s Story: be who you want to be, not what you are told you have to be; Ignore labels because you are unique!
What Do You Do With An Idea?: you nurture it and watch it grow, because are ideas are magic and can change your life!
*The Little Brute Family: is now only available in Easy-Reader format; Find it at ER-Blue Hoba
Teach Your Children to be Kind…
I saw a Facebook post the other day and it said:
Parents: teach your children to be kind to other children; Some of these children are going home to a lot of unkindness.
And I thought, yes, that is true. We forget so often—caught up as we are in our own families, emotions, struggles and finances…and the desire to return to normalcy after Covid-19. Some families don’t get to return to normal. Some families faced tragedy. Therefore, we must remember to teach and model kindness as our children start this new school year. This may be your child’s first time back to school in 18 months. What have they forgotten? What will be awaiting them? How are their social skills? Their social vocabulary?
Some of the children in your child’s classroom may have lost loved ones to COVID, or have front-line parents, so they live with their grandparents or other relatives now. Some children may not have a parent anymore that can come to parent-teacher night because they are working a second job at night. They may not have a ride to the party on the weekend. Or may have to bring a sibling along because they can’t afford a babysitter for little brother or are a single parent now. Some children have parents who lost their jobs completely or have compromised health, so their children didn’t get the bike or the birthday party they expected. They didn’t get a new backpack, either, and are re-using last year’s crayons, sneakers, and clothes. If they ask to borrow a pencil, give it to them -if you can spare it. Some children did not get to go to camp, or to the pool, or on vacation, because these things cost money their family doesn’t have --now that they are paying hospital bills or caring for their elderly family members, or lost their jobs.
What they did on their summer vacation? ….they survived! And yes, some children rely on those free school lunches to remain fed during the school year AND during summertime. And some children who never had to rely on them….they do now. Be kind.
So teach your children to be kind this school year. It starts with you, their adults, encouraging them. It starts with you MODELING kindness to others in the check-out line, at the doctor, and at school pick-up or bus line. It starts with adults sharing kind words: I Missed you, friend; we have a lot in common; I like the way you say or do something…. You’re funny! You’re kind.
Tell your children: Don’t focus on material things or what others wear or have this year- focus on the person. Their talent. Their humor. Focus on happiness. Focus on “How are You?” and being a friend. Put the quiet kid on your team today. Give compliments. Kindness starts at home…. Kindness is contagious. Kindness should “go viral” as we all heal from months of change and trauma. Kindness. Let it spread.
Kindness : a treasury of Buddhist wisdom for children and parents (2010) By Conover, Sarah Juv Non-Fiction - J294.3_Cono
Being kind (2002) By Amos, Janine Juv Non-Fiction - J177.7 Amos
The kindness quilt (2006) By Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth Picture Books - E Wall
Kindness rules! (2019) By Moyle, Eunice Board Books - EB M
The Soaring Does Not Stop – Get Ready for the Paralympics 2021!
Do you love watching the Olympics? I do!! I especially love hearing the stories of the athletes as I watch them compete. I have been known to cry a little and whoop and holler as I marvel at what these athletes can do. But new to me (but not to others) is the competition that follows the Olympics: the Paralympics. Paralympics give athletes with the same skill level as Olympic athletes, but who also have disabilities, an opportunity to compete on a world stage.
How did the Paralympics get started? I am glad you asked because that is an interesting story. These games are the creation of Ludwig Guttman, who I had not heard of until I read the book A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games. Guttman was a Jewish doctor who escaped Germany as the Nazis were rising to power. He and his family were given refuge in England, but he was not allowed to practice medicine at first. Instead, he spent his time researching the nervous system. Finally, he was given the job of caring for war wounded men with spinal cord injuries. Kept in a full body cast, most died quickly from infections. But Guttmann wanted to try something different. He stopped putting casts on bodies, had the nursing staff move the patients frequently, and got them out of bed and active as quickly as possible. And, guess what? These patients not only stopped dying. They began to thrive!
One day, as a group of patients, all in wheelchairs, were enjoying the sunshine out in the hospital courtyard, they began knocking a disk around with walking canes. Within minutes, the men were in a heated competition. Guttmann witnessed this and he realized how good physical, competitive activity could be for the health and mental well-being of the men he was caring for. It was not long until these competitions grew, incorporating a growing number of sports, as well as both male and female athletes, with more and more participants. Between 1948 and 1952, the games grew from 16 athletes from 2 hospitals in Great Britain to 130 athletes, with participants coming from other parts of Europe, and by 1957, athletes from 6 continents participated. In 1960, the first official Paralympic Games were held in Rome!
This was a super quick overview, so if you want to learn more about the Paralympic Games, here are some things you can do. Read the memoir by Paralympic Gold Medalist, Jessica Tatiana Long called Unsinkable: From Russian Orphan to Paralympic Swimming World Champion (JBLong). Read this great book about Ludwig Guttman: A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttman Created the Paralympic Games by Lori Alexander, illustrated by Allan Drummand (J796Alex). Both of these books can be found in the Children’s nonfiction section of our library.
This year, the Paralympic Games will be held from August 24 through September 5 in Tokyo. Check out this link to find out how to watch these games. https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2021/02/24/nbc-tokyo-paralympics-coverage/
I plan to and I can’t wait!!
Why WORDLESS picture books matter
Wordless Picture Books for youngsters are just as important as books with words. Here’s why: your child’s emergent literacy skills are reinforced and they allow your child to practice lots of important skills. Some of these important literacy skills include: How books work; “reading” from left to right, front to back. Concepts of plot (what happens) and characters (who is the story about). Vocabulary! They get to choose their own words, and try out new words, and make sentences, and talk about stories, and ask questions…. about the book and its pictures. Inferring and predicting: these are NEW SKILLS for young children (that can be reinforced through STEM experiments like “if-then”: if the ball is on top of a hill and I let go, it will roll down the hill) Comprehension and summarizing skills- if your child can narrate a story once or twice and they like it, chances are they will memorize it, change it up, make it personal, and re-tell it to family and friends- all BIG skills!
That’s a lot of literacy happening in books that have no words!
But parents must be there at the start to encourage and help teach these skills. Don’t be afraid. You don’t have to be Mr. Rogers or Dr. Seuss to tell a good story! Chances are, you can use wordless picture books to make lots of wonderful stories with your child, a shared experience that you won’t soon forget! Check out a wordless picture book today. We have a special box of selected new wordless picture books at the end of our XYZ shelves. Or check the catalog for “books without words”. Or maybe grab a book from this: List of amazing Wordless (or One-word) Picture Books to try today.
-Rainstorm, by Barbara Lehman
-The Lion and the Mouse, by Jerry Pinkney
-Flotsam, by David Wiesner
-Float, by Daniel Miyares
-A Ball for Daisy, by Chris Raschka
-Flora and the Flamingo, by Molly Idle
-Journey, by Aaron Becker
-Flashlight, by Lizi Boyd
-The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs
-Wolf in the Snow, by Matthew Cordell
-Red Sled, by Lita Judge
-Truck, by Donald Crews
-Pancakes for Breakfast, by Tomie de Paola
-Goodnight Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann
-Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage
-Chalk, by Bill Thomson
Book Leveling: Are you “On the Level?” Or does it really matter, after all?
Are you the parent of a child learning to read? Do you have a struggling reader? A reluctant reader? Then chances are you have heard about book “reading levels” and have been given a target level, number level, or letter range for books for your child to be reading. With all the different leveling systems- from Scholastic to Fountas to AR to Lexile- how do you know if your child is reading at the appropriate level?
First of all, you should know that Reading Levels are a tool for the teacher; reading levels are NOT ‘labels’ for your child. Your child will probably read at three to five different reading levels in the first two-three years of school alone. “Reading level” is a combination of word recognition, reading fluency, and eye/mouth coordination and reading confidence. These change constantly. Even daily!
Second, all children read at different levels, at different ages, and some read better in more conversational fiction stories, but some read better in graphic novel, where text is short or in bubbles. Some prefer non-fiction, and would read about dinosaurs for hours over reading one chapter of Charlotte’s Web. Some kids like telling stories from pictures, where they can show off their vocabulary, better than reading.
This is GOOD. This is NORMAL. They are still reading, and enjoying books and words, after all!
Third, and as a prior blog mentioned, building vocabulary by reading picture books, non-fiction and graphic novels will help your child become a better reader in future. The key is, they will gravitate towards books they LIKE and ENJOY, and balk at reading books that seem boring, have too many words, have not enough pictures, or may seem challenging, even if they are not.
Parents: finding the sweet spot is your goal! You, too, must be an active reader.
So, you have your teacher’s suggested reading level in hand- now what?
The Scott County Public Library does NOT level all it’s books. Our search catalog does provide AR level/test points for most children’s books which is helpful. But, we do separate out collections by age. Searching the correct collection, we do have our room divided up to help parents find “just-right” books for any reader. We can also provide you a level-conversion-table to translate your level into AR if you desire. Here is an example of our color labeling system:
- Books for Tweens (ages 8-12y) have a purple spine label
- Books in Juvenile Graphic Novel format have a blue spine label
- Books in Juvenile Series (ages 5-10y) have an orange spine label
- Our Easy-Reader collections for learning to read have spine labels that are:
- Pink (level K-1); Blue (level 1-2); and Gold (level 2-3)
- Picture books are for ALL ages.
- Juvenile Non-Fiction is for all ages.
The books are labeled based upon the text complexity, number of words per page, and number of rare words and content. Sometimes our level differs from what the publisher uses. And sometimes our levels may differ from what you may agree is the correct level. Open the book and see what your reader thinks first, before dismissing a book.
Fourth, the best way to find a just-right book is to read a few pages of each book with your child and do the simple 5-finger test*. (Once you find a series or author you like, go from there to select further titles.)
Have your child read to you the first few pages of the book, and put a finger up for every word that:
- child does not know
- child cannot pronounce, even after being told
- child doesn’t understand the words
- When you have four fingers up, or five, that book is too difficult! Skip it!
- When you have just one finger or two, that book is pretty good for reading fluency! It might be too easy on repeat, though.
- When you have three fingers up, that should be just right, not too easy, not too hard. Practice reading that book a few times, but add in easier books, wordless books, non-fiction and humorous books, too.
(Very scientific, I know!)
Repetition is good! Reading a chosen book once alone, and again with an adult can help. And parents, don’t forget to use different voices, funny sounds and accents where needed, and make reading fun.
And finally: don’t panic! Even if you are still reading picture books with your 7 year old- that is GREAT! They are learning lots of great vocabulary (rare words) and storytelling basics (beginning-middle-end) as well as feeling nurtured by their adults. These are very good things. Late reader? Early reader? Slow reader? Fast reader? These are labels that all become irrelevant if you just consider that your child is still reading! There is no ‘right’ age or ‘right’ reading level except the one that fits your child. So while reading levels are great for a start, and for teachers to keep track of a classroom full of readers, remember that your child is not a level, they are a child reading at that level-- for now-- and there is plenty room to grow!
Keep encouraging your reader, don’t compare them. Leave books where they can find them. Use books as rewards. Find books on topics your child enjoys. Read to them constantly. And don’t worry about the level; they will “level up” on their own and with your positive, consistent support.
Happy Reading, and I hope you are now in the know, and on the level with leveling! Need more support? Ask a children’s librarian for help finding just-right books today!
Levels: a comparison chart for AR, Lexile, Guided Reading & DRA
Reading for Feelings
June is recognized as Pride Month, and beginning June 15, we will also observe National Refugee Week. The experiences of the LGBTQ+ community as well as the struggles and suffering of refugees are considered by some to be inappropriate topics for children. So why even bring these topics up or address them in books for children? Let me share briefly with you why I think it is important.
One of the great purposes for reading fiction is to let us walk intimately in someone else’s shoes – someone of a different race or ethnicity, someone of a different gender or sexual orientation, someone from a different country or just someone with a different life experience. Good fiction immerses us in someone else’s perspective for the hours we spend inside the pages of that person’s story.
For young people who are still learning about who they are and who they want to be, fiction is so formative! Reading a good novel allows them to see life a little more broadly, helping them to grow into adults with greater empathy and compassion, understanding that everyone experiences life differently. In a time of tense and deep divisions between groups of people – empathy, compassion and a deeper understanding: these are tools that will help our kids bridge these divisions as they grow into young adults. Need recommendations? Our staff is always ready to help!
It’s Time for SUMMER READING! A brief suggestion for how to help your child make the most of their reading hours this summer.
Does your child only want to read: Comic books? The same series over and over and over? Goosebumps, Captain Underpants, or similarly silly stuff? And worst of all…books below their grade level or reading ability?
Well…maybe you should let them!! It’s summer and reading should be recreational, fun, an excellent way to pass long lazy days. But, parents and caregivers – don’t tell your kids, but this type of reading is also a very, very good way to strengthen their reading skills. It may seem like a waste of time, but it is really like exercise. They may have read Dogman 100 times. Their reading level may be 2 grades above The Magic Tree House. But, this type of reading, aside from being enjoyable and relaxing, also increases speed, agility and comprehension. And it does all these good things while setting aside the notion that reading is work and reinforcing that reading is fun.
I know as parents you want your children to challenge themselves and to grow as readers. But I encourage you to let your child choose what they want to read. Giving them this freedom will help them grow into stronger, more proficient readers, making them better students, and happily, ultimately, into people who love to read.
As always, the staff here in the Youth Services Department is here to help. We all read a lot of the books on our shelves and are happy to help your child as they are looking for something good to read.
Happy summer and happy reading!
“ Rare words? They’re in the books!”
Did you know? There is a new word “born” every 98 minutes! Think of the words and phrases we hear today: ‘podcast’ ‘Bitcoin’ ‘makerspace’ or ‘social distancing’. Did your grandparents ever use those words? Did you know? …that YOU use approximately 20,000 words, routinely, throughout your lifetime….out of ALL the possible words there are to use in the English Language? It’s true. It’s really true! Just 20,000 words is the average person’s life-long vocabulary. If you are not using work-specific jargon all the time (like “acceleration” if you are a mechanic, or “spreadsheet” if you are an accountant), then you are using the same few thousands of words each and every day. So how are our children going to learn about the vast numbers of OTHER words that are out there? Want to guess? No! Not by reading the dictionary- that’s just boring!
Words—more importantly “Rare Words”- are found in picture books, non-fiction, and even graphic novels.
Children need to hear LOTS of words to become good readers, and if they have heard a word before, it’s easier to sound out, spell, and remember. These repeated words become part of their vocabulary storehouse. That’s why it’s OKAY to let a child read their favorite books over and over and over again. They’re building word confidence and fluency. When reading picture books to, or with, your child they may hear words such as troll, lighthouse, footbridge, avenger, alligator, kerchief, narwhal, potion, Jedi, cape, pangolin, meadow, twinkle, superpowers… How often in daily conversation do YOU say these words to other adults? To your children? The truth is, you don’t. So without reading picture books (many of which use 10-12 rare words each!) and graphic novels and non-fiction books, your child will not be exposed to as much vocabulary as they could …and should. So grab some picture books, comic books, fairy tales and even those crazy world records books, and learn a few hundred new words with your children this week! You can do it! Leveled readers and old favorites are great for building reading fluency and confidence in children, but nothing beats bonding with your child over pictures books and some new rare words to spark good discussion.
The Youth Services Department is a vibrant and whimsical space where young learners can explore, play, share, and grow. We curate curiosity in ages 0-18 with year-round programs, book suggestions, and information help. Come visit our story barn to play and explore. Do a scavenger hunt or work a puzzle. Use your imagination in creative role-play. Make a craft, color, or play checkers. We support literacy every day, especially through 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, 50 Books to Read in Kindergarten, Every Child Ready to Read, and school readiness programs. For Teens, grab a book, join TAB, attend Manga Club, play a game or hang with friends. Youth Services: where books are just part of the story!
For information on programs and storytimes, please contact the Youth Services Manager.