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But that won’t work for my child…

“My child doesn’t like to sit still.”

“My infant likes to put things in their mouth.”

“That won’t work. My child can’t focus.”

“My child doesn’t like to read.”

“My seven-year-old doesn’t like to talk to me.”

These are the challenges I face every time I speak with parents about literacy and reading together. So today’s we are going to focus on what to do in these situations.

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I would like to preface this by saying I am in no way an expert on parenting or child development. The information I am sharing is based on experiences I have had and/or tips I have learned from experts in the field.

  1. Every child is different. Each child learns different. Each child likes different things. Each child has his/her own way of doing things. This is what makes working with children challenging, but it is also what makes working with children fun.
  2. There is no specific trick or tip that will work for every child. Remember the first rule: every child is different. And because of this, some things work better with one child than they do they other.
  3. Start early. Talk to your child when he/she is a baby. Read to your child when he/she is young. Children will pick up on these habits at an early age. Reading will become part of their routine. Talking to you will become part of their every day routine.
  4. Try different things. Going back to rules one and two, sometimes you have to try multiple techniques to get them to open up or to find that one thing they enjoy.
  5. Most importantly, just have fun! Laugh together. Smile often. And don’t be afraid to be silly. It is during these moments you will find some of the best conversations will happen. Your child will feel comfortable and want to talk with you, read with you and learn with you.


Book Review: Booked by Kwame Alexander

Today’s blog was written by one of our very own children’s storytellers: Miss Elizabeth. You’ll find Miss Elizabeth sharing stories with children of all ages as well as creating wonderful children’s programs at one of our branches. She shares her review of the book Booked by Kwame Alexander for tweens.

Image result for booked by kwame alexanderNewbery Medal Winner Kwame Alexander brings home the gold with another brilliant piece for tweens.  Booked is written in verse, making it a quick read and perfect for reluctant readers. 

Eighth grader Nick eats, sleeps, and breathes soccer, but his family and teachers want him to broaden his horizons.  His father insists Nick expand his vocabulary to better educate himself, and forces Nick to study the dictionary.  The school librarian, lovingly nicknamed The Mac, encourages Nick to join Book Club.  Nick complies and even learns to enjoy reading, vocabulary, and linguistics, but soccer is still his passion. 

Booked provides smooth, flowing verse, the topic of sports to peak one’s interest, and even vocabulary words are thrown into the mix!


New Location, New Playspace

Today’s post was written by our Children’s Librarian Miss Elizabeth and highlights the children’s area in our new location.

If you haven’t heard yet, our Jackson Township branch has a new temporary location at Nobles Pond. It has only been open for a week, but the new children’s section already has patrons raving.

The best toy so far seems to be the heat-sensitive board that enables children to draw with their fingertips, or even leave their handprints on the board.

Puppets, LEGO blocks, and the AWE Early Learning Station made their way over to our new location as well.

Colorful book displays are currently full of back-to-school books, so stop in and pick some up or reserve your favorites now!

2015 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Thanks to everyone who read, commented, and liked our posts this year!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

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Year In Review!

Thanks to all of our readers for such a great year in the blogosphere! 🙂 Stay tuned for more great posts!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

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