Book Bundles and More

Lebanon Library has book bundles!  What are a book bundles, you ask?  They  are  little  bundles  of  joy  for your bundle  of joy.  We often have customers  in  the  children”s  section ask, “Where are the fairy books?” or “Where are the dog books?”  As we all  know,  the  picture  books  are shelved by author, and though a few authors  write  about  a  particular character,  a  librarian  has  to  know the  shelves  well  in  order  to  pull several  books  about  rabbits  out  of her hat.

Our  Juvenile  Easy  (picture  book) section  is  separate  from  the  Easy nonfiction  selections.  Book bundles bring  non-fiction,  fiction  and sometimes,  DVDs   together.  The bundles  are  based  on  popular themes,  like  dinosaurs,  frogs  and bears – Oh, my!

You  can  find  them  on  the  upper display  shelf  in  the  children’s section.  Come  in  and  check  them out  –  literally.  If  you  don’t  see  a theme you like, make a suggestion.

Literacy begins at home — Recently on National Public Radio they ran a three  part  discussion  on  the importance  of  reading  to  children.  There are a number of simple things parents  can  do  with  their  young children  to  help them get  ready to read and libraries can help.

In  the  interview,  Dorothy  Stoltz,  who  is  the  head  of  outreach  and programming at the Carroll County Public Library, suggested five basic practices  that  helps  lay  thegroundwork  for  literacy.   “Talk, sing,  read,  write  and  play.  That  is doable  for  every  parent  no  matter how busy you are.   You can fit in these practices in little bits of time with  your  children  throughout  the day.”

These five practices grew out  of  a body  of  research  which demonstrated  that  “parental interaction with children at an early age  is  crucial  to  later  success  in school.  A  study  done  in  1995 indicated that children from higher-income  families  heard  30  million more words at home by the age of 4 than  children  from  low-income homes. This has become known as the 30 million-word gap.”  NPR

Every  year  teachers  and  librarians see children who struggle to read or even  speak  well.   Hearing  their language spoken correctly and often is  so  important  to  their  future education, social and job success.  A limited  vocabulary  is  stumbling block for many children, but that is something  we  can  fix.   Visit  the NPR website to listen to the series or our faceebook page for the link.  Until next week, read another goodbook to your child.