Think of Your Library
March Into Reading
During March, our library is highlighting early literacy by offering family programs and workshops. Christine Wick, Library Director, explains why early literacy is vital, "Studies show that developing pre-literacy skills is vital to success in learning how to read. Developing these skills is easy and fun and can be shared with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. It's amazing that these simple activities can have such a powerful effect in a child's ability to learn to read."
At the Union Township Branch on March 7th from 6 to 8 pm, families will receive "Marching Orders" encouraging children to have fun with early literacy missions. The night begins with meeting local authors Will Hillenbrand, Jennifer Elig and Bruce Meadows. Staff members will present programs in writing, math and science, storytime and a playtime. CCPL Hands Up! Puppet Troupe will perform a new puppet show, "A Pirate Adventure." The last mission of the night is to sing along with the acoustic sound of Steve Featherston.
The children will receive a booklet that will be stamped upon completing each mission throughout the branch. After all the missions are accomplished the child will receive a special prize.
Our early literacy programs are designed to introduce children to the skills they need before they actually learn to read and write. Research shows that early experiences with books and other literacy materials are crucial in helping children become better readers. "Marching Orders" is a fun way to engage early readers. "The library is a great place to discover the tools that will help your child acquire the abilities they need to be successful in school," enthused Ms. Wick.
Other early literacy programs in March:
The Amelia Branch hosts Fun with Mittens Parent and Child Workshop on Tuesday, March 11 at 6:45p.m. Join us for a night of fun with mittens and kittens as we enjoy a storytime and explore talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing activities that develop early literacy skills. This introduction to the five early literacy practices is for children from birth to age five and their caregivers and lasts 45–50 minutes. Register for the program by visiting the branch, calling 752-5580, online.
The Union Township Branch hosts Ready to Read Workshop: Fun with Math and Science! on Tuesday, March 18 at 6:45p.m. For parents and children to attend together. Powerpoint presentation with hands-on ideas [such as a sink and float activity, counting games, applicable books, etc.] to incorporate math and science activities into everyday life for families with kids ages 0-5. Register for the program by visiting the branch, calling 528-1744, or online.
The Goshen Branch hosts Ready to Read: Fun with Words & Letters on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30p.m. Learning to read begins before children start school. Help your children develop early literacy skills now; this makes it easier for children to learn to read once they begin school. Parents are their child's first and best teacher. This workshop presents the five early literacy practices along with activities that parents/caregivers and children can use to help children learn letter names & sounds and words & their meaning. This program is for children ages 0-5 with parents & caregivers. Register for the program by visiting the branch, calling 722-1221, or online.
Free Concert by Blue Caboose
Join us at the Owensville Branch on Saturday, March 15 for Sounds from the Stacks: Blue Caboose. The free concert starts at 2:00p.m. Blue Caboose is an original folk band from Cincinnati, Ohio. Beginning in 2011, they spent a year developing their fun and unique stage show, and by the summer of 2012 had found themselves as busy as popcorn on a skillet. Their first album, Modern Limited was released in August of 2012, and within one year, has sold nearly 1000 copies. They sing about the Ohio River Valley, trains, rivers, mountains, farmland, lakes, hiking, canoeing, good food, blue skies and family. Call the branch at 732-6084 for more information.
Practice Taking the ACT
Join us at the Union Township Branch on Saturday, March 15 at 9:30a.m. to take the full-length practice ACT to ensure you are ready for the real thing! Mary Gruber from Sylvan Learning will be on hand for questions and answers with test prep tips. Be sure to join us for the follow-up seminar on Thursday, March 20. This program is for high school students. Register by visiting the branch, calling 528-1744, or online.
You can also use Learning Express, an online resource for practice tests.
Join us for Discovery Club at the Union Township Branch on Friday, March 14 at 10:00a.m. We're celebrating Pi Day! Pi (Greek letter “Π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The holiday Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th, since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits in the decimal form of pi. Join us to learn all about the magic of pi and the circles that surround you everyday. With snacks, games and stories, math has never been so fun! Register by visiting the branch, calling 528-1744, or online. This program is for attendees ages 6-12.
A Very Merry UnBirthday!
Kids, join the us for a Mad Hatter teaparty at the Union Township Branch on Tuesday, March 11 at 6:45p.m. Dress up as your favorite character or just wear your best tea party outfit as we celebrate your unbirthday in Wonderland style. Games, crafts, snacks and fun provided, but please bring your own imagination and sense of wonder. This program is for ages 5-9.
Register for this program by visiting the branch, calling 528-1744, or online.
Meet Will Hillenbrand!
Meet local children's book author and illustrator, Will Hillenbrand whose works include the Bear and Mole series. He'll be speaking about his works and how to create a book at the Amelia Branch on Saturday, March 8 at 10:30a.m. If you own one of Mr. Hillenbrand's books, please bring it for the signing. No books will be available for purchase at the event. Please pre-register for the event by visiting the library, calling 752-5580, or online.
Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It
Children are invited to train for a top secret and dangerous mission at the New Richmond Branch on Monday, March 10 at 6:45p.m. Enroll in our spy school, rendezvous at the given coordinates and be prepared for fun! Spy students will choose an alias,make a secret spy badge and mustache disguise, disarm "traps" (pop balloons…), evade "lasers," then test their skills by completing a timed team mission, sneaking through the library collecting clues.
Pre-register for this program by visiting the branch, calling 553-0570, or online. Please don't bring any weapons, even toys.
Autism Family Night
Join us for an after hours event for families with special needs on Thursday, March 6 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Milford-Miami Township Branch. We'll explore the library and its resources in a low-stress environment. We'll provide games, crafts, and refreshments. For more information call 248-0700. Register for the event by visiting the branch, calling 248-0700, or online.