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Curbside Pickup Service

Did you catch a ride on the struggle bus? We got you fam! We've all been there. Did your kid just fall asleep and you can't possibly risk waking them? Maybe you crushed it at leg day and now they're jelly. Maybe your kids have been little monsters all day and you don't want to be seen in public with them. Has it been one of those days and you just can't even? Maybe you have the flu and are going to be stuck in bed for the next 3 days and you really really want to catch up on Game of Thrones. Introducing Curbside Pickup at our Central, Aulds, and East 80 locations! If you're having a little trouble getting out of your vehicle for whatever reason, simply give us a call when you get here to pick up your hold and we'll bring it out to you! This service begins FEB 19 and will be offered as a 90-day trial and we need your feedback so let us know what you think!

The Basics:

  • Service begins Februrary 19th as a 90-day trial at our Central, Aulds, and East 80 locations
  • To be ued for holds pick-up only with a limit of 10 items
  • Park in the reserved space, call the branch to let them know you're there to pick up your hold, and have your photo ID handy for verification by staff
  • Service ceases 30 minutes prior to closing to all staff to complete closing procedures
  • Give us feedback!  We hope to eventually offer this service at all of our locations so we are relying on your feedback to let us know what you think!  What works?  What doesn't?

 

Evaluating News Sources

Need help determining facts from alternative facts (aka: fiction)?  Let us help.

Be aware of “fake news.”  What is fake news?  It isn’t news you disagree with—it is content generated by non-news organizations in order to generate an audience for paid advertisements or to spread unverified/untrue information.

Take a look at these examples of fake news sites compiled by CBS.

Also take a look at this Spotting Fake News video from FactCheck.org.

What can you do?
Be skeptical of any news that comes from third-party platforms (such as social media).

Select news sources known for high-quality reporting—search those sources directly instead of settling for web search results or social media news feeds.

Use fact checking sites, such as:

And don’t forget, you can always ask your librarians for help sorting through fact or fiction…after all this is what we’re trained for!

Reading Tips for Parents

  • Show your child how you read every day for fun and work.

  • Point out to your children the printed words in your home.

  • Encourage your child to read independently in his or her own way.

  • Talk to your child as if he or she is already a reader.

  • Make reading fun using different voices for different characters.

  • Talk about the book you are reading with your child.

  • Ask questions.

  • Choose a quiet spot for you and your child to read.

  • Read aloud at least 15 minutes each day to your child.

  • Have a routine time to read, not just at bedtime.

  • Visit the library and bookstore with your child often.

  • Get a library card for yourself and your child.

  • Keep books and other reading materials where your child can reach them.

  • Take books along whenever you leave home.

  • Use books on CD (audiobooks) at home and in the car.

  • Follow along with the audiobooks with a printed copy of the book.

  • Let your child select books he or she likes.

  • Let your child read to you or tell the story by looking at the pictures in the book.

  • If you have a pet, let your child practice by reading to the pet.

Did you know???

  • Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

  • Parents are children’s first teachers and an early literacy storytime at a public library is a time for parents AND children to have FUN.

  • Public libraries provide the opportunity for children to interact with books.  Many public libraries provide baby, toddler, and pre-school storytimes.

  • Contact your neighborhood library to find out about their storytime schedules.

Age Appropriate Reading Guide

INFANTS

Developmental:

Newborn – Listens and reacts to your voice and other sounds.  Responds by cooing, gurgling, smiling, and crying.

8 months – Plays with sounds and babbles.  Can play peek-a-boo.  Waves arms and kicks feet to show excitement.

12 months – Understands simple words, reacts to hand movements, faces, and turns pages of sturdy books.

Techniques:

  • Hold the child in your lap and open the book to the beginning.  Let the baby hold onto the book, and play with it while you read.
  • Point out colors, shapes, animals, and people.  Make sounds like animals in the book.
  • Sing nursery rhymes and songs.
  • Choose colorful books.
  • Keep the sessions short.

TODDLERS

Developmental:

Can put two or more words together to make short sentences.  Asks simple questions.  Can copy adult sounds, words, and motions.  Listens well to stories and can name objects.

Techniques:

  • Maintain a regular story time for the entire family.
  • Continue short reading sessions, gradually making them longer.
  • Pick nursery tales, songs, and stories with simple sentences.
  • Use puppets or stuffed animals to tell the story.
  • Let the child pick the book.
  • Use funny voices to read as different characters.
  • Visit the library often and take your child to children’s activities there.

PRESCHOOLERS

Developmental:

May begin to recognize the alphabet letters.  Recognizes matching sounds and some printed letters and numbers.  Understands basic words like beside, above, under, near, and far.  Listens and follows directions.  Likes being read to and knows about books.

Techniques:

  • Have regular reading time every day.
  • Visit the library often and take your child to children’s activities there.
  • Choose picture books with lots of vocabulary and detailed illustrations.
  • Sing songs and recite nursery rhymes.
  • Talk about how things work.
  • Let your child help with chores that include sorting, measuring, and  counting (like cooking and laundry).
  • Encourage your child when he or she tries to read.
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