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School’s Out for Summer – READ READ READ!

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For many children, school is now out for summer. If not, they are counting down the days. Studies show that students drop reading levels at the start of a new year from lack of summer reading. Don’t let this happen to a child you know!

Summer is a time of lazy days with more daylight – more light for reading time! Encourage children to keep their mind active over the summer months. Here are just a few reading ideas.

  1. Join your library reading program. Many libraries have fun themes, extra activities, and even prizes!
  2. Read a book in a hammock.
  3. Start your morning with a puzzle.
  4. Tell ghost stories (or any story) around the camp fire.
  5. Take a book to the beach, park, grandparent’s house, or anyone else.
  6. Listen to audio books on road trips.
  7. Act out your favorite book.
  8. Read a book about stars then star gaze.
  9. Read a book about gardening then help plant your own garden.
  10. Adults also read to show an example.
  11. Read to the family dog/cat/hamster. (They don’t care if mistakes are made.)
  12. Have a bookclub and discuss the book.
  13. Read a book before bed. (Instead of tv time)
  14. Read about the place you’re going to visit or where you’d like to go.
  15. Pick up any book and just read!!!

 

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Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month!

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September is National Library Sign-up Month. Oh I’ve had a city library card for years, which I frequently use. Yesterday, I received my library card for my entire county. Hopefully, I’ll get books faster on two waiting lists. There were two women in front of me also getting library cards that sparked the excitement even more. I simply presented my driver’s license as proof of residency and I was given my new magical library card. Of course it’s magical since it has so many uses. I probably picked the card geared for children, yet it made me smile and states ‘I’m a born reader!’. My fingers glided over the simple plastic card and I smiled as I thought of the possibilities.

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How do I get a library card?

You need to present a current photo ID and proof residency. Some libraries grant temporary cards for students and visitors. Children 14 and younger can also receive a library card with a parent/guardian signature.

What can I do at the library?

  1. Get to know your librarian, the ultimate search engine @ your library.
  2. Update your Facebook page.
  3. Research new job opportunities.
  4. Find a list of childcare centers in your area.
  5. Learn about local candidates for office.
  6. Pick up voter registration information.
  7. Check out your favorite graphic novel.
  8. Pick up a DVD.
  9. Get wireless access.
  10. Participate in a community forum.
  11. Find out how to navigate the Internet.
  12. Prepare your resume.
  13. Get new ideas for redecorating your house.
  14. Get a list of community organizations.
  15. Attend a lecture or workshop.
  16. Hear a local author reading his/her latest novel.
  17. Join a book discussion group.
  18. Attend preschool story hour with your child.
  19. Get homework help.
  20. Look up all kinds of health information.
  21. Research the purchase of a new car.
  22. Trek to another planet in a Sci-Fi novel.
  23. Call the reference desk if you have a question.
  24. Research your term paper.
  25. Learn about the history or your city or town.
  26. Decide which computer to buy using a consumer guide.
  27. Check your stock portfolio.
  28. Read a newspaper from another country.
  29. Borrow or download an audiobook for your next road trip or commute.
  30. Use the library’s resources to start a small business.
  31. See a new art exhibit.
  32. Volunteer as a literacy tutor.
  33. Find a new recipe.
  34. Ask for a recommended reading list for your kids.
  35. Make photocopies.
  36. Get a book from interlibrary loan.
  37. Enroll your child in a summer reading program.
  38. Take a computer class.
  39. Hear a poetry reading.
  40. Take out the latest fashion magazine.
  41. Enjoy a concert.
  42. Trace your family tree.
  43. Check out a special collection of rare books.
  44. Check out a legal question or issue.
  45. Find out how to file a consumer complaint.
  46. Learn about home improvement.
  47. Borrow some sheet music.
  48. Learn how to use a database or computerized catalog.
  49. Find the latest romance paperback.
  50. Pick up tax forms.
  51. Connect with other people in the community.
  52. Find a quiet spot, curl up with a book and enjoy.

Many of these activities don’t require a library card, so you can still participate. These are just a few ideas to fully use your library!

Check out these sites to learn more about how to get the most from your library.

http://www.ilovelibraries.org/

http://atyourlibrary.org/

http://www.ala.org/ (American Library Association)

Help! I Need a Book that Hooks Me!

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Recently, I’ve had difficulty finding a book that keeps my attention. I start a book then quickly lose interest. Perhaps I’m not giving enough time and effort to determine whether I want to read a book. Last weekend I went to a used bookstore in the hopes that a book would scream from the shelf ‘read me, read me!’ Sadly after spending an hour at the bookstore, no book hooked me. I then thought perhaps I’d visit an old friend and reread a book. Readers gain insight each time the book is read again. This almost worked, but I still wasn’t fully hooked into a book. Here are some recent titles that I started then stopped: Divergent, Catcher in the Rye, Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Oleander Girl. I’m even embarrassed to say that I didn’t read my last book club book, however I still attended to eat and greet.

I need YOUR help. What books do you suggest to hook me?

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Weekly Quotation: B.F. Skinner

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We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.

― B.F. Skinner

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Weekly Quotation: Jane Austen

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I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

― Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice
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Weekly Quotation: Haruki Murakami

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Once I began a book, I couldn’t put it down. It was like an addiction; I read while I ate, on the train, in bed until late at night, in school, where I’d keep the book hidden so I could read during class. But I had almost no desire to talk with anyone about the experience I gained through books and music. I felt happy just being me and no one else.

Haruki Murakami

I took this photo at a Buddha garden. I like how the tree shadows, water ripples, and fish colors blend together.
I took this photo at a Buddha garden. I like how the tree shadows, water ripples, and fish colors blend together.

Book Review: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

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24hr bookstoreMr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Written by Robin Sloan 
Published September 26, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre/Topics: Adult Fiction, Mystery, Books, Technology
288 pages 
 

Three Word Book Review: Fun, Humorous, Mysterious

Clay Jannon recently lost his job as a web designer for NewBagel Company. He’s searched online for jobs with no luck until he stumbles upon a simple help wanted sign outside Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore. It actually is open 24 hours and Jannon works the night shift when hardly anyone enters the bookstore. However, Jannon begins to notice something strange because the individuals who do enter don’t exactly buy the books instead they trade books after giving him unique cards with codes. These individuals and books are so unique that Mr. Penumbra tells Jannon that he cannot read them and must keep a detail log of each individual down to their coat buttons. Jannon is now very curious and attempts to uncover the truth with his friends and technology. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a fun book that makes you think about how today’s technology with ebooks mixes with paper books. Which book version will you read the book in?

Happy Reading on Read Across America Day

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In honor of Dr. Seuss‘ birthday (March 2nd) is Read Across America Day. Dr. Seuss sparked reading with fun rhymes and good messages. The National Education Association (NEA) marked the calendar this year for March 1st, so schools across the country can participate. Schools, libraries, and other locations plan special activities for this event. So, grab your Dr. Seuss hat and any book to READ, READ, READ! Every day is great day for reading! seuss4

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.

In schools and communities,
Let’s gather around,
Let’s pick up a book,
Let’s pass it around.

There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.

Come join us March 1st
Your own special way
And make this America’s
Read to Kids Day.

(National Education Association Read Across America Poem)

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

http://www.readacrossamerica.org/

http://www.seussville.com/activities/RAA13_EduKit_Booklet_WEB.pdf

 

Weekly Quotation: Abraham Lincoln

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Get books, sit yourself down, and go to reading them yourself.

- Abraham Lincoln

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Wordless Picture Books

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People normally associate picture books with well, pictures. There doesn’t have to be any text to understand the book. A picture truly can be worth a thousand words. Wordless picture books can be used in many ways. I’m going to review completely wordless picture books about twice a month.

Here are some elements that can be used with wordless picture books. Of course, many of these elements can be used with any book.

  1. Sparks imagination. 
  2. Understand basic story structure (beginning, middle, end)
  3. Increases & enhances vocabulary that isn’t on the page.
  4. Mixed reading levels and ages are on a level playing field.
  5. Make story predictions through the illustrations.
  6. Create dialog between characters on the same page.
  7. Examine the character’s actions and traits.
  8. Promotes creativity.
  9. Encourages interaction with the book.
  10. It’s fun to read!

http://teachingmyfriends.blogspot.com/2012/03/using-wordless-picture-books.html

2012 Book & Reading Review

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Reading Highlights:

  • Joined two book clubs.
  • Completed my 2012 reading goal to read at least 20 books.
  • Started a book journal to list summaries and my thoughts about books.

Here’s a list of the books that I read in 2012. I underlined my favorite books read from this year.

Favorite Books from 2012:

  1. The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern
  2. The 19th Wife by 
    David Ebershoff
  3. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

  4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  5. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  6. The Doctor and the Diva by Adrienne McDonnell
  7. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
  8. My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store by Ben Ryder Howe
  9. Gold by  Chris Cleave
  10. Atlas of Unknowns by Tania James
  11. The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe
  12. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
  13. The Chaperone  by Laura Moriarty
  14. 13, rue Thérèse by Elena Mauli Shapiro
  15. A Dog’s Journey by  W. Bruce Cameron
  16. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  17. A Woman’s Place by Lynn Austin
  18. Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic*
  19. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
  20. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  21. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (reread)
  22. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (reread)
  23. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (reread)

What were some books that you read in 2012? Hopefully, 2013 is filled with pages of wonderful books!

Weekly Quotation: Becca Fitzpatrick

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Reading a good book in silence is like eating chocolate for the rest of your life and never getting fat.

- Becca Fitzpatrick

Weekly Quote: Diane Duane

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Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.

― Diane Duane

Weekly Quote: C.S. Lewis

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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

― C.S. Lewis