I recently read an article by Karen Jensen, entitled Tips For Raising a Reader, in the School Library Journal, that I found very informative.
She suggested the following:
- Don’t fight about books. If you do, it creates a negative environment tied to books and can make children resist reading even more.
- Don’t use reading as a reward or punishment. Again, it sets up that negative environment.
- Audiobooks can be good. Studies show listening to an audiobook with or without the accompanying print book stimulates the same portions of the brain as when using the print book alone.
- Reading graphic novels is reading. Some parents resist allowing children to read graphic novels because they consider them comic books. However, the addition of pictures can help young readers put words into context because of those illustrations.
- Reading the same book over and over is OK, even if it is below level. Children like familiar. Think how many times they will watch a movie. If they enjoy a book, they understand it better each time it is read.
- Buy magazine subscriptions for your children about subjects they love. In fact, ask for their suggestions. Most magazines have lots of words and, again, the pictures help them put what they are reading in context.
- When watching TV, turn on the captions. They may or not read them, but placing those words in front of them gives them another opportunity to read. It also exposes them to words above their reading level.
- Fill your home with books. Of course, this could be expensive, but it does not need to be. Consider used book sales, garage sales and my favorite, the public library.
- Model reading. Show your children how enjoyable reading can be by showing them.
- Set up special reading places. A pillow and good lighting can make any spot work. A reading fort could be great, too.
- Carry books with you all the time. You can pull them out when waiting anywhere. Young people can read in the car. Books will keep them occupied while waiting for a meal in a restaurant or during that long trip to grandma and grandpa’s house over the holidays.
- Show interest in books your children are reading. Who is the main character? Why do you think they did that? What is your favorite part?
- Don’t disregard digital devices. They require lots of reading. That said, they should not be the majority of your child’s exposure to reading, but can be an integral part.
- When reading for enjoyment, let them know it OK to stop reading a book they cannot get into.
- Free choice is important. Let them read what interests them.
- Set up a regular reading time each day, when everyone pulls out reading material. Make it a family event.
- Books can provide ideas, adventure, hope, goals and much more. They can allow you to imagine the impossible and escape the mundane. Life is much richer with books. It is important to share them with your children.
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.
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.
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.Â To work, your account must be in good standing.
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.
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.Â The current list includes:
Academic Search Premier
Applied Science & Technology Abstracts
Art Full Text
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
Religion and Philosophy Collection
Auto Repair Reference Center
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Professional Development Collection
Small Business Reference Center
Regional Business News
Library Literature & Information Science Index
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Consumer Health Complete
Alternative Health Watch
Health Source: Consumer Edition
European Views of the Americas (1493-1750)
History Reference Center
Military & Government Collection
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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
Job & Career Accelerator
Nursing & Allied Health Source
Kansas History, Territorial through Civil War Years, 1854-1865
Virtual Reference Library
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.
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.
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,Â 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,Â 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.
Â By Megan Domann
Â Â Â 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 beingÂ 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.Â Â Â Â
Â Â Â 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 fullÂ of good humor and fun-loving romantic situations. I feel this book will be enjoyable to all who read it.
Â Â Â 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.
Â Â Â 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.