From DLD: Please join us for a FREE webinar sponsored by the New York State Library and Ready to Read at New York Libraries. The Development of Early Literacy Learners will be presented Thursday, October 29 from 1:30-3pm. Participants will gain a stronger understanding of early literacy learners and what prepares them for success; many children's book examples highlighting the features that support growth in early literacy skills and knowledge; and new tools to further enhance programming, outreach, and collection development related to Ready to Read at New York Libraries' goals. Register here! Questions? Please contact Sharon Phillips, Project Director for Ready to Read at New York Libraries at Sharon.Phillips@nysed.gov. (Please note: This webinar was originally scheduled for March 2020 but had to be canceled/postponed due to COVID-19 issues. If you registered for the March webinar you will need to register again for the October 29 webinar.)
Scholastic is bringing back their Grab and Go program next month with all new titles. Grab and Go Book Packs are available in English and Spanish from PreK-8th grade. They include authentic, culturally relevant texts that reflect students’ interests, spark imagination, and keep them reading during out of school time. Take-Home book packs include Think Sheets (student response worksheets) and a 16-page Family Guide to Literacy (sample in both languages the link below) that encourage children and families to reflect on and engage with the books in fun and meaningful ways. More details here!
In times when communities are struggling to provide fun activities for teens, having a public/school library partnership is a great way to make opportunities happen. The Thousand Islands School District has recently partnered with the Cape Vincent, Clayton and Depauville Public libraries to host the first Teen Viking Halloween Virtual Hunger Games. Students become "tributes" in Halloween themed "districts". The games happen on October 30, 2020 where students answer trivia questions via Zoom and pass elimination challenges to be the final victor. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three winners and all participants receive a small prize. If you are interested in learning more about public/school partnerships, you can email Anna Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Cape Vincent Library, Brooke Hartle (email@example.com) at the Clayton Library or Melissa Balk (firstname.lastname@example.org) at TICSD.
The winner of our HAMMER TIME giveaway is Cape Vincent! You can look for those in your next delivery, and everyone else - look for another giveaway soon!