Creating Lifelong Readers

 

A recent article in School and Library Journal entitled Tips for Raising a Reader by Karen Jensen caught my eye. In the article, Karen provides some great tips and ideas to encourage children to become lifelong readers.

Some takeaways from her article:

  • Don’t fight about books – Fighting about reading attaches a negative connotation to reading. Instead, emphasize why reading is good and how it can enrich your life.
  • Audiobooks are a good thing – Studies show the same part of your brain used during reading a book are used when you listen to a book. Adults listen to audiobooks and don’t enjoy them less than they would a print book. The same applies to children.
  • Reading graphic novels is reading – In fact, the reader sometimes works harder to read a graphic novel due to text placement, yet enjoy them more.
  • Reading the same book over and over again is OK – We all have a favorite movie/book we’ve enjoyed more than once. We learn something new every time. The same applies to books. Isn’t that the goal? Let them enjoy reading.
  • Reading below level is acceptable – It means they are reading a book they have chosen that looks interesting to them. It is still reading.
  • Magazines are reading – Pick up titles that interest them next time you are in the store. Also consider subscribing to a magazine. Ask them to help choose a title.
  • Captions are your friend – Turn the closed caption option on when watching TV. It’s another way to incorporate reading into their day.
  • Set an example – Fill your home with books. Model reading to them. Books can be picked up at garage sales and thrift stores. They can be checked out at the library. They don’t need to cost a lot or even anything at all.
  • Always carry books with you – Stash them in your car for the unexpected. Allow them to read at restaurants before the food arrives. Take a book to read when waiting for appointments, while shopping or any time you have downtime. It is less stressful for everyone.
  • Talk with your children about what they are reading – Ask them questions about their books.
  • Don’t disregard digital devices – Children read while playing games, messaging friends and exploring the internet. While this doesn’t mean devices should be their only reading for the day, in moderation, it can contribute to building their reading skills.
  • Life is too short to read a less than pleasing book – Let your child know it is OK to put down a book they don’t like and move onto something they will enjoy. No one enjoys all books all of the time.
  • The ability to choose is important – If you give your child the option to choose their own books, they develop into confident readers with the ability to make good selections for themselves in the future.
  • Embrace reading – Use opportunities to relate books to their everyday experiences. If you go to the amusement park, check out a book from your library about roller coasters. If you try new foods, read about the people of the country of origin. Traveling to a new place? Check out a book about it.

Inclement Weather Policy

When the weather is bad, we really try to be open. However, there may be weather we are unable to overcome and, as a result, the library is forced to close for the day. If school is cancelled or the streets are really bad, please call before you make a trip to your library. In addition, if your children are at the library, make sure they have a contact phone number for a responsible adult. If the weather declines, they need to be able to contact someone for a ride. In the end, we want everyone to be safe. You are important to us.

Total Boox

Available exclusively for mobile devices, Total Boox is a service provided by the State Library of Kansas. It give users the ability to download free ebooks. It take moments to set up and you can load as many books as you like to your Kindle Fire, Android, or Apple device.

To use this great service, you need to contact us for a free Kansas Library Card number. From there, you download the app for your device and make your selections. Titles range from Minecraft guides to adult fiction/nonfiction. It is amazing how many titles are available, with no limits. They stay on your device until you decide otherwise.

Not only does your Kansas Library Card number provide you access to this service, but also online encyclopedias, genealogy databases, children’s ebooks, audiobooks, health information and more. Check it out at kslib.info. You can only access the resources with a Kansas Library Card number, but you are free to browse to see if it is right for you.

Remember, these services belong to you, as a Kansas resident, paid for with your state and federal tax dollars.

 

HOOPLA updates

Are you using HOOPLA? It is a service, accessible by using your library card. that lends movies, ebooks, music downloads and more. Recently, they added the ebook portion of this experience, along with DC comic books. To download two free items per month, go to hoopladigital.com. Set up an account by choosing the Nortonville Public LIbrary as your home library. You will need your library card number, as well as the 4 digit pin you chose when your account was set up. If you have forgotten this information, please stop by the library and we will be happy to help.  To work, your account must be in good standing.

eBooks and Audiobooks

Use a Kansas library card number, available from your local library, to download free ebooks and audiobooks from the Kansas State Library. Simply go to www.kslc.org and choose from OneClickdigital Audiobooks, Freading ebooks, Tumblebooks ebooks for children or 3M Cloud Library ebooks. These resources are free to any Kansas resident. For more information, contact your local library.

Kansas State Library Resources

The Kansas State Library offers numerous databases and online resources for residents of Kansas, all available for free, at www.kslc.org. A Kansas library card number, from your local library, is required to access them from your personal computer.  The current list includes:

Academic Search Premier
Agricola
Applied Science & Technology Abstracts
Art Abstracts
Art Full Text
Education Abstracts
Fuente Academica
GreenFILE
Legal Collection
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
Religion and Philosophy Collection
TOPICSearch
ERIC
Auto Repair Reference Center
Business Source Premier
Computer Source
Professional Development Collection
Small Business Reference Center
Regional Business News
Library Literature & Information Science Index
LISTA
MAS Ultra
MasterFILE Premier
Vocational & Career Collection
Consumer Health Complete
Alternative Health Watch
Health Source: Consumer Edition
European Views of the Americas (1493-1750)
History Reference Center
Military & Government Collection
Middle Search Plus
Primary Search
Teacher Reference Center
Literary Reference Center
Newspaper Source Plus
Health Source: Nursing/Academic
Medica Latina
MEDLINE
NoveList Plus
Book Collection Non-fiction (elementary school edition)
Book Collection Non-fiction (full edition)
Book Collection Non-fiction (high school edition)
Book Collection Non-fiction (middle school edition)
Britannica Online Academic Edition
Britannica Online School Edition
Britannica Online Public Library Edition
Spanish Reference Center
LearningExpress Library
Job & Career Accelerator
Mango Languages
ProQuest
HeritageQuest
Nursing & Allied Health Source
Genealogy Connect
Kansas History, Territorial through Civil War Years, 1854-1865
Virtual Reference Library

Thriving in Tough Times

The State Library of Kansas has compiled several helpful internet tools for employment, finances, housing, health families and seniors. These resources are available at http://thrivingintoughtimes.wordpress.com. This virtual library will help you with everything from rental property disputes to locating a good childcare facility.

Book Review: Creep by Jennifer Hillier

CREEP (207x320)Jennifer Hillier makes her fiction debut with Creep, a thriller sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Dr. Sheila Tao, professor of psychology, doesn’t know what she is in for when she ends a months long affair with her teaching assistant, Ethan Wolfe. Newly engaged to an investment banker, Sheila’s conscience steers her toward this decision. Ethan isn’t accustomed to being turned down and his obsession with her grows. A cat-and-mouse game begins with blackmail and threats. While evading Ethan’s determined will, one of her students is found stabbed to death. Can she escape his clutches without her colleagues or her fiance’ discovering her most intimate secrets?

At first, you might believe you know where this novel is going, but don’t write it off so easily. The surprising end has an unexpected twist. So, cancel your plans and settle in because this book is difficult to put down.

Book Review: Trapped by Michael Northrop

Reviewed by Marjorie Belveal for Young Adults

Scotty, a fifteen year old sophomore has two thing on his mind, Krista and basketball, and attends high school in the middle of nowhere. As the snow starts falling in the morning, students wait for school to be cancelled. This does not happen and by the time school dismisses for the day,  there were blizzard conditions. At the end of the day, seven students waited for rides from their parents, including Scotty. No one came for them. There was no cell phone service, lights, heat or water. This is a story of seven people, not really friends, coming together to survive. It was as if no one knew they were there. With Scotty telling this story, I felt as if I was there with them. At the end, I felt there were some issues left unsolved, but I liked the book because the students were able to work together with minimal disagreements.

Book Review: The Last Song

 By Megan Domann

    When a rebellious teenager, Ronnie, and her little brother, Jonah, are forced to visit her dad for the summer it creates a story of love, forgiveness, and heart-breaking sadness that will have you crying over the pages. Ronnie has felt a strong hatred for her dad since her parent’s divorce, as well as hating the fact of being  with her dad for the summer. But soon Ronnie realizes what’s important in life. She grows and learns from her experiences of the summer. This is what makes this book by Nicholas Sparks worth reading.    

    I very much recommend this book to all teenagers and adults. This book is indeed a good read, a book you could sit down and read for hours. I love this book, though it is sad, at the same time it is very romantic and loving. This book is full  of good humor and fun-loving romantic situations. I feel this book will be enjoyable to all who read it.

    Nicholas Sparks has created a book full of truly real characters in real life situations. Within the pages of this book, Ronnie learns to love and to be loved, and to cherish life. Her summer with her dad and brother, changes her forever and for the better.
    I very much recommend this book. I don’t expect that this loving book would disappoint anyone. The Last Song is definitely a book worth reading.