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Toddler Time

Posted By Christina Rivera, Marketing & Social Media, Marple Library, mamarketing@delcolibraries.org , Friday, March 22, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description  

Come and join Miss Mel for enthusiastic and highly interactive stories, songs, activities, and a super cool maker craft. For children ages two- to four-years-old. Each week,  we have a different educational theme for our story time. We end each story time with our book trek around the library finding all the books we want to check out and take home. Average cost per program is about $20. When the topic touches on dental hygiene, we partner with a local dentist. Photo shared with permission. 

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Tags:  Basic Literacy  Marple Library  Toddler Time 

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Letter Writing Social

Posted By Mallory Hoffman, Exec Dir, Exeter Community Library, 610-406-9431, exetercl@berks.lib.pa.us , Thursday, March 14, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description  

In this day and age of texting and social media, it's refreshing to see people willing to write a hand-written letter as a way of communicating, rather than digitally. The program happens monthly and includes mail art, postcards and wax seals. In the future, we may include letter writing to veterans, first responders, and aging Americans. 

This program started when we partnered with the Exeter Library in Exeter, England for a Pen Pal program. We've worked with librarian and children's book author J.J. Landis to provide us with "The Lost Art of Letter Writing", which then morphed into a monthly meeting to write letters. 

This program is funded through our adult programs budget, but it costs next to nothing to provide. The Friends of Exeter Community Library provided us with our initial paper, cards, and envelopes. 

Tags:  Civic Literacy  Exeter  Letter Writing Social  Social Literacy 

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Magic Tree House Adventures

Posted By Susan Wilson, Community LIbrary of Allegheny Valley, 724-226-3491, wilson2@einetwork.net , Thursday, March 14, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description  

This hour long, monthly after-school program (September-April) is offered for children in first through fourth grades. Written by Mary Pope Osborne, Magic Tree House is one of the best-selling chapter books of all time! Come travel with Jack & Annie as we discover different cultures, times and places. Each month we explore a different Magic Tree House book with a variety of book related activities. Multiple copies of the monthly pick are ordered from our county library system so each participant has access to a copy during the program and to check out afterwards.


When the children arrive, there is an ice breaker activity such as a connect-the-dots, look & find, or a coloring page that relates to the story. As they eat a snack (usually tied to a theme in the book), I read aloud several chapters. This allows them to follow along with word recognition and helps promote listening skills. We review vocabulary, have discussion and learn new things from the accompanying Research Guide/Fact Tracker books also from this series.


We conclude the program with an activity or craft that complements and connects to the literature. This can be arts & crafts, a STEM activity or having a special guest. 
This has been an ongoing program for more than 10 years and remains popular! 

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Community Library of Allegheny Valley  Magic Tree House Adventures 

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Lapsit

Posted By Judith Errico, Community Library of Allegheny Valley, 724-226-3491,erricoj@einetwork.net , Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

The library hosts Lapsit classes each week. Pre-registration is required and the class size is limited to 15 children, with their adult participant. Activities include signing a good morning song, where we welcome each child by name in the song. We also have group story time and sing/perform "If Your Happy and You Know It." I use weekly tip sheets which include various rhymes, fingerplays and songs we share as a group. Finally, we include game a of Ring Around the Rosie, a bubble game and the Hokey Pokey. Sometimes we add other songs and movement fun. I include a second story time book and then we conclude by singing "The More we Get Together." Each participating child receives two stickers as they depart. 

This is a wonderful program that includes family engagement in literacy building skills and shows the joys of reading and play time together for young children. 

The library incurred minimal cost to execute. We secured a CD player, a few music CD's, musical shaker eggs and we use books in the library's collection. We have a grant that helps fund the program. 

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Community Library of Allegheny Valley  Family Reading  Lap Sit  Storytime 

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kick-Off Party

Posted By Christina Adams, Kittanning Public Library, 724-543-1383, kittanninglibrary@hotmail.com , Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

The Kittanning Public Library is hosting a party to make patrons and the community-at-large aware of the importance of reading to and with children. The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is a great at-home and in-library event which offers resources to those who love to read to their child. These events help reduce the summer slide and illiteracy rates. Several donations were received to host the program. 

Tags:  1000 Book Before Kindergarten  Kittanning Public Library  Reading 

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Children's Produce Market

Posted By John Roberts, Wyoming Free Library, 570-693-1364, wyomingfreelibrary@gmail.com , Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

The Wyoming Free Library holds a monthly children's produce market. The program is open to all families with children that live in Luzerne County. The families that attend receive a variety of vegetables and non-perishable items. The program is free of charge to participants and is open to all ages.

Tags:  Children  Health Literacy  Produce Market  Wyoming Free Library 

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Larry Miller presents: Conrad Weiser, the Lenape, and Terror along the Blue Mountain

Posted By Alicia Rodig, Director, Bernville Area Community Library, 610-488-1302, baclstaff@berks.lib.pa.us , Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

The program includes a presentation and then open, community discussion around historical events in and around Berks County. The program is geared toward adults. The library didn't incur any fees in hosting the program.   

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Tags:  Bernville Library  Blue Mountain  Civic and Social Literacy  Conrad Weiser  Information Literacy  Lenape 

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Roving Reference

Posted By Tonya Otto, Virtual Learning and Outreach/Reference Librarian, Clarion Univ Lib, totto@clarion.edu , Thursday, February 28, 2019

Library Type

Academic

Description 

Roving Reference is a library service model where reference is conducted outside of the traditional reference desk. At Clarion University, we use Roving Reference to take our services around campus to provide remote help for students. We currently travel to three different buildings for one hour each throughout the week: the student center, the science and technology center, and one of the residence suites. We have a laptop available to assist students with any research needs and teach them how to become information literate in using the Libraries' online resources.

We have branded our Roving Reference service a PA Forward event as it promotes each of the five literacies, especially basic and information literacy. As academic librarians, we strive to assist students with whatever research needs they may have, and those needs can cover a wide range of topics. Some students may have needs regarding finances, while others may be looking for health information. We promote the five literacies as we seek to serve the University community and empower lifelong learners with our Roving Reference service. 

Tags:  Basic  Civic and Social  Health and Financial  Information 

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Harry Potter Escape Room

Posted By Christine Taylor, Youth Serv Coordinator, Scott Twp Pub. Lib, 412-429-5380, taylorc3@einetwork.net, Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

We created an escape room with a Harry Potter theme for children, teens and adults. Participants signed up for a half-hour slot, with 4-8 people to a time slot. We read them a short introduction, and then they had 30 minutes to solve all the puzzles we created in the room. This included finding keys, figuring out codes, translating runes and searching for clues with a black light wand.

A knowledge of the Harry Potter books was essential as many of the clues were specific to the book. For instance, one clue led you to look under the mandrake, which required knowing what a mandrake is. This event required guests to work together to find and solve the puzzles and clues. 


The cost to host the event was $100, although costs could be lowered if decorative items for the Escape Room are donated by staff and community members. We had to purchase a Marauder's Map, an Escape Room kit (Breakout Edu), a book safe, and some other Harry Potter decorations. 

Tags:  Escape Room  Harry Potter  Information Literacy 

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Climbing Your Family Tree

Posted By Erin Pierce, Director, CC Mellor Memorial Library, 412.731.0909, piercee@einetwork.net , Thursday, February 14, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

Working with a local librarian who specializes in genealogy research, the library offered an introduction to the process involved in searching for family roots: how to find the who, when, and where of your family! Resources discussed include census schedules, vital records, and immigration and naturalization. The only cost to the library was the cost involved for marketing the program. This program is geared toward adults. 

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Tags:  Genealogy  Information Literacy 

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