Friday, April 29, 2011
This new collection, “Easy Chapters,” is shelved on the opposite side of the Easy Reader Collection, at the end of Juvenile Fiction. Each book has a gold star at the top of the spine. These books have been designated as Easy Chapters using a system called the Lexile Framework for Reading (see www.lexile.com) Each book in this collection is typically 100 pages or less, and has a Lexile number of up to about 700 (approximate 3rd grade reading level).
If you look inside the front cover of each book, there will be a Lexile number. Based on the chart below, you can determine which range of numbers may best suit your child, and which ones may be too difficult.
Grade 1 up to L300
Grade 2 L140 to 500L
Grade 3 L 330 to L700
As you know, each child’s reading level is different. The numbers are just a guideline, so do not use the numbers as a basis for what your child should be reading. The Lexile numbers reflect the text difficulty only, not the content of the book. So, for example, you may not want your 1st grader to be reading a book with a Lexile of 700 because he/she will not be able to understand the content even though they can read the words. Always take into consideration the age and interests of the child. Lexile numbers are a good starting point for figuring out which books to read next, but always consider your child’s actual reading skills and go from there.
Some of your favorites are here: Flat Stanley & Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures (Brown, Greenhut, Pennypacker), My Weird School (Gutman), Magic Tree House (Osborne), Junie B. Jones (Park), Jake Maddox Sports (Maddox), and Rotten School (Stine).
Librarians are always here to help you select appropriate books for your child. Please ask us if you have any questions.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
And that's entirely true. Libraries are awesome. And many of you already love us (you must to be reading a library oriented blog... or you are a librarian yourself) and for that we are extremely grateful. But the flip side of National Library Week is a large number of articles which say something to the effect of "Libraries: Remember them?" or "They aren't just for books anymore!" Inevitably these articles will talk of 3 things:
1) Childhood memories of dusty books and matronly ladies with cat glasses. Continuously using these outdated reference points to speak of libraries is like opening every conversation about a Prius with a description of a Model T. They aren't relevant anymore. The card catalog became a source of scratch paper well over a decade ago. If you consider the speed of change in modern society, that might as well be a century. Contrary to popular belief, libraries aren't decrepit relics reaching their ghastly hands out to catch the tail end of the future. We exist firmly in the present (or perhaps a year or two behind it). Which leads to point #2.
2) They have computers! Ugh. It's 2011. Of course we have computers. In related news, we have indoor plumbing and electricity as well. Again this "shock" comes from an old notion that libraries are for books. Books are old fashioned, therefore computers are anathema to libraries, right? Wrong. This is a problematic assumption. Libraries are not "for books". We are "for information." And more to the point, we are for "community access to information."
Books are excellent things. I love them to pieces. But in the world of information, books are only one continent. And even then, a single library could only be a tiny country of that continent (to extend the metaphor too far). If our mission is to provide access to information, we'd be rather myopic to limit it just to books. So yes, we have computers to help you get to all those other lands of data and entertainment. And we've had them since the days of Netscape Navigator and Yahoo as the #1 search engine. You know... like a decade/century ago.
[Before we move on, the other variation of "They have computers!" is "They have DVDs!" This too should not be shocking since we've had movies and music for most every format that's come out. Except for laser discs because those were just silly.]
And finally the trifecta occurs when the author brings up-
3) Are libraries relevant in a digital world? After all, isn't a reference librarian just like a google search? And can't people download our collection to their Kindles and Nooks and iPhones, etc? To answer that respectively, sort of if that librarian cared little of quality and accuracy, and yes if you can afford such nifty devices and the content to put on them.
And this is the heart of National Library Week and the well intentioned (though somewhat stereotypical) articles that come out during it. Libraries don't exist in order to hoard books. We don't open our doors to allow you to use computers. We don't live or die by format choices. Those things are part of our services, but not our purpose. Our purpose is to serve our communities in the best way possible.
Libraries are nothing without the people who use them. And not just because you pay to keep us open with your tax dollars (though it is a bit cliche to remind us of that if engaged in a dispute). If our community values us, we thrive and do great things together. If they don't, we wither. National Library Week should be less about us telling you what we can do for you or how high our circ rates are and more of a dialog about what you want from us. Because that's who we're here for. You.
So let me conclude by saying "WOO-HOO. YOU ARE AWESOME. WE LOVE YOU."
posted by jw
Monday, April 11, 2011
Read these books about the Civil War that the library staff recommended on the April Staff Favorites list. (Staff Favorites are one of the Featured Lists found on the online catalog search page or by selecting the tab Research/Resources Readers' Links.)
- The Civil War by Shelby Foote 973.733 F68
- Killer Angels by Michael Shaara Fiction Shaara
- The Runaway Quilt and its sequel
- The Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini Fiction Chiaverini
Friday, April 8, 2011
|The New Kid on the Block: Poems, by Jack Prelutsky |
A collection of funny poems about strange creatures and people such as Baloney Belly Billy and the Gloopy Gloopers.
|The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, by Various Authors |
A varied and complete collection of more than 550 poems by various poets, including Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Frost.
|Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein |
This is a masterful collection of humorous poems and drawings by Shel Silverstein that will engage children.
Learn to Write Poems
|Haiku Activities : Asian Arts & Crafts for Creative Kids, by Patricia Donegan |
Introduces the form of Japanese poetry known as haiku, explores the seven keys to writing haiku, and provides instructions for five haiku projects.
|Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry: How to Write a Poem, by Jack Prelutsky |
This is a humorous guide, filled with poetry exercises, ideas, projects, and pointers that teaches readers how to write poetry.
|Poem-Making: Ways to Begin Writing Poetry, by Myra Cohn Livingston |
Introduces the different kinds of poetry and the mechanics of writing poetry.
More Ways to Celebrate
Besides reading and writing poems, here are other ways that you and your child can celebrate National Poetry Month, according to Lily Jones and Skila Brown from www.education.com/magazine/article/Celebrate_Poetry:
- Memorize a poem together.
- Write poems about various things and occurrences at home.
- Read a short poem before a family meal, such as breakfast or dinner.
- Take a notebook and go on a walk. Be ready to write a poem or phrases about various things that you or your child would observe.
- Have a poetry slam by inviting other kids or adults over to read poems aloud.
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