Friday, December 31, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
- Keep you personal information to yourself. Don't share your name, phone number or address. Make your social networking pages private. Be cautious when sharing your email address.
- Don't meet anyone in person.
- Don't respond to rude or offensive messages.
- Be careful about pictures or videos clips that you post.
- Parents--provide guidance and talk to your kids about internet responsibility and safety.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Starting on Monday, November 29 basic computer classes are offered. Both morning and evening classes are available.
We've also added a two part basic Excel class on Monday evenings. Students in the Excel class should have some computer experience. Registration is required.
Ask your library for a schedule or see a full schedule and register online at www.newriver.lib.fl.us
Monday, November 22, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Included are books for children to adults on 'A More Perfect Union.' As we begin observing the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the books are chosen to explore and promote reflection on the United States as a union.
Included are books on the Hispanic and African American experience and histories for children and adults on the Declaration of Independence, writing the U.S. Constitution and the Civil War. There is also a DVD set of the PBS Civil War series by Ken Burns and the accompanying book.
The books are on display in the libraries (or will be soon.) If you don't see them, ask the staff for assistance.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Your third place is where you go to spend time...someplace in addition to your home and your workplace. For some people this might be Starbucks or other local business. For some it might be the library.
Ideally, a 'third place' should be free or inexpensive, accessible, close by, involve regulars, be welcoming and comfortable; food and drink are not essential but are nice. You can find old and new friends in your third place.
Libraries have been doing this; libraries can be a community center engaging you with others in a public place.
We'd love to see you in our third place!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
predominantly the Internet, as a means to deliver government services to citizens, businesses, and other entities.
e-government needs. Working with funding agencies, other social service agencies and the public, libraries will be even more successful in providing
Friday, October 8, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Basic classes are designed for adult users with little or no computer experience. Daytime basic classes run from 10-12noon on each Tuesday in October.
Basic classes on Tuesday evenings run from 5:45-7:45pm. See the full schedule here.
Basic excel is offered on October 26. Users for the excel class should have some computer knowledge.
You can register online here.
Monday, September 27, 2010
At 6-12 months a baby can reach for a book, and put it in his mouth. He can sit in your lap, hold his head steady and turn pages with adult help.
At 12-16 months a baby can sit without support, may carry a book, can hold a book with help, and turn pages of a board book, several at a time.
At 18-24 months, a baby can turn pages of a board book, one page at a time, and can carry a book around the house.
At 24-36 months, a toddler learns to handle paper pages, and goes back and forth in books to find her favorite pictures.
At ages 3 years and up, a child exhibits competent book handling and can turn paper pages, one page at a time.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Buildings are built and maintained, supplies are purchased. Local businesses can and do provide those services, again local businesses benefit.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
...public libraries are the number one point of online access for people without internet connections at home, school, or work?
...Americans go to school, public and academic libraries more often than they go to the movies?
More library facts here.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
The statewide return on investment increased from $6.54 in 2004 to $8.32 in 2008. The current study also examines the social value of public libraries and provides a return on investment calculation for each county.
Florida Libraries Support a Strong Economy
- Jobs Created — A job is created for every $3,491 of public support to Florida libraries.
- Income or Wages Increase — Income (wages) increases by $22.97 for every dollar of public support to libraries.
- Gross Regional Product Increases — The value of all goods and services produced in the state of Florida increases by $10.57 for every dollar of public support to libraries.
Libraries Provide Essential Services
- Public libraries help people learn new things no matter their age.
- Public libraries improve a community by helping people learn new skills so they can get better jobs.
- Public libraries attract good businesses to the area.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Findings by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, are the first to show that kids are far more likely to drop out of high school if they can't read pretty well by fourth grade. Unless America dramatically improves the number of kids who can, a growing proportion of the them will live in poverty as adults. The Foundation contends that the tendency to drop out of high school begins in the early grades when children don't learn to read. They say dropouts "don't just happen."
What can parents do?
* Show that education is important by getting a GED if they didn't graduate from high school themselves.
* Do all they can to assure that kids attend school every day.
* Show an interest in their children's reading beginning in first grade. Have them read to you and help them with the words.
* Provide books they like. Let them pick out books at the library or grocery store. Some kids like comic books.
* Don't let them lose reading skills over the summer. Keep them in practice. Find books they will like to read.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
The web sites included are for children up to 14 years of age.
They include topics such as dinosaurs, science experiments, computers, history, sports, and cultures of the world. Also included is a section for parents, caregivers, and teachers.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Read together every day
Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close.
Give everything a name
Build your child's vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects.
Say how much you enjoy reading
Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her.
Read with fun in your voice
Read to your child with humor and expression.
Use different voices. Ham it up!
Know when to stop
Put the book away for awhile if your child loses interest or is having trouble paying attention.
Discuss what's happening in the book, point out things on the page, and ask questions.
Read it again and again
Go ahead and read your child's favorite book for the 100th time!
Talk about writing, too
Mention to your child how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
Point out print everywhere
Talk about the written words you see in the world around you. Ask your child to find a new word on each outing.
Get your child evaluated
Be sure to see your child's pediatrician you have concerns about hearing, sight, or language development.
Friday, July 23, 2010
cowboy endured it with courage and a song. Using and
modifying traditions passed on from Mexican vaqueros and
the Spanish before them, the cowboys became a basic part
of American Western heritage and legend.
On the National Day of the Cowboy, we celebrate their
contributions to the pioneering spirit of America.
As the cities of the American East and Midwest grew
in the mid-to-late 1800s, the need for food, especially for
meat, grew along with it. Then the great roundups and cattle
drives became a part of our Western heritage. The cowboys
worked long days and nights tending their herds despite
dangers from terrain they had to cross, unhappy Indians
and fierce outlaws whose goal was to steal the herds.
As the railroads developed, the need for long cattle drives
decreased. Over time, the cowboy techniques of riding and
cattle-handling became the focus of today's rodeos.
Take a look at Cracker westerns: books about the 'cowboys' on Florida's frontier. A few titles by Lee Gramling: Ghosts of the green swap, Ninety mile prairie, Riders of the Suwannee. You'll find them in the Florida section.
Friday, July 16, 2010
There are many of course, and when asking staff about their favorites, many were listed, and not one duplicate.
Some favorites mentioned:
Cat in the hat
Dick and Jane series
Ramona Quimby, age 8
Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
Harriet the spy
Nancy Drew series
Encyclopedia Brown series
Betty and Veronica comic books
Dorrie the witch
Five little Peppers and how they grew
Quite a variety. Share your favorites with your family and remember to ask in twenty years what favorites are
Monday, July 12, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Programs feature books, stories, crafts, performers, and general fun as we share our love of books and reading with children.
Check your library for a schedule or view it online here.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The British captured and tortured five. Nine fought and died in the Revolution. Two lost sons to the war. Another had two sons captured. Eleven had their homes pillaged and burned. The British used the home of one signer, Thomas Nelson, as their headquarters. After they moved in, Nelson demanded that the patriot army destroy the home in order to drive the British out. He died penniless.
Farmer "Honest John Hart" suffered greatly. Hessian mercenaries burned his farm and grist mill and killed his livestock. Hart's wife became ill and, while the British besieged his farmhouse, he refused to leave his wife. After his wife died, and the aged Hart fled into the forest, eluding the British by living in the woods and in caves. His 13 children scattered to relatives and friends.
Richard Stockton, a judge, was captured, tortured and starved. He lost all his money and property and died soon after his release. His family lived off charity.
Of those who survived the Revolution, six signed the U.S. Constitution. Thirteen went on to become governors of their states. Eighteen served in their state legislatures, and 16 became state or federal judges. Seven became members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and six became senators.
Five played major roles in establishing colleges and universities: Franklin and the University of Pennsylvania, Jefferson and the University of Virginia, Benjamin Rush and Dickinson College
Friday, June 25, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
This well know children's author and illustrator has written and illustrated more than 70 books since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969.
His art work is created in collage technique, using hand-painted papers, which he cuts and layers to form bright and colorful images. Some books are like toys, incorporating firefly lights, and cricket chirps.
Google asked Carle to create its logo on March 20, 2009, the first day of spring.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
We've added another component to stories for children. TumbleBooks joins Dial a Story as a supplement to books in print.
TumbleBooks is an online book service. Children can watch talking picture books, and older children can read the printed word while listening to the audio story. Log onto TumbleBooks through the library webpage.
Dial a story is a story available on the telephone. Stories are for young children and are changed weekly. 1-888-4ATALE1 (1-888-428-2531)
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
This summer, we'll use short video programs for children that will show them how to stay safer while using the internet.
Just as you caution your children about 'stranger danger,' parents and children need to be aware of potential internet dangers.
Each program is from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and is geared to different age levels. These programs will supplement what you have taught your children and what they have learned in school.
All in an effore to make children safety aware.
Friday, June 4, 2010
It is known that in order for students to maintain their reading proficiency, they need to keep reading during the summer months when school is not in session.
Reading is like learning to plan the piano: you get better with practice. And you need to practice every day.
Check your library for a copy of the summer schedule. Program schedules are also posted on the library webpage and in the library events section.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
You may remember audio books from your school days. You might have listed to a book on cassette tape and turned the pages when you heard the chime.
Children now may not know what a cassette tape is, but many have CDs. Books on CD are popular in the classroom and in libraries. Their use can reinforce a child's desire to read.
Audio books are a great way to keep children entertained on car trips, whether short trips such as going to the store, or long family vacations.
Adults like audio books too...try one on your commute to and from work.
Libraries have a large selection of books on tape or CD for both children and adults.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
This was developed for us by the State Library of Florida based on a similar calculator for the State of Maine. Costs used are statewide averages in 2007.
Monday, May 17, 2010
It is never to early--or too late--to start. All children, from youngest to oldest, can benefit from listening to a story read aloud.
Reading aloud encourages children to read of their own, and to become better listeners and students. It helps to build vocabulary and language skills.
When you read aloud together, children learn that reading is important, and they learn that reading is fun.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
These are full text books online, for all age groups. Books for the youngest children have some animation with them. Books for older children are text only.
You can access these books from your home computer or from a library computer.
Monday, May 10, 2010
A few reminders on internet safety for parents and children:
- Keep your personal information to yourself.
- Don't meet anyone in person.
- Don't respond to rude or offensive messages.
- Be careful about pictures of video clips that you post.
- Parents--talk to and provide guidance to your children on using the internet safely and responsibly.
Friday, May 7, 2010
May 10-16, 2010 is Children’s Book Week, and people across the country will be celebrating in schools, libraries, bookstores, and homes. The libraries encourage you to spend time reading with your child during this very special week.
Here are some ideas for celebrating Children’s Book Week at home.
· During dinner, each family member can share their current favorite book by naming the title, author and illustrator, and giving a brief description of the book and why it’s a favorite.
· Go to the library as a family and help each other pick out new books to bring home.
· After dinner, instead of watching television, read aloud from a book (or books) to each other.
Parents, librarians, teachers, booksellers and anyone interested in good books for children have been celebrating Children’s Book Week since 1919.
The need for promoting good children’s literature was a collaborative
effort between the Boy Scouts, publishers and a librarian from the New York Public Library.
The goal of publisher Frederic Melcher in 1919 was to create a "Book Week (that) brings us together to talk about books and reading and, out of our knowledge and love of books, to put the cause of children's reading squarely before the whole community and, community by community, across the whole nation. For a great nation is a reading nation."
A worthy goal and still true today.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
There are many other online classes available. You can take these classes on your own from the library computers or from your home computer. We can help you get started. Here's the class schedule.
Monday, May 3, 2010
These basic classes are designed for adults who have little or no computer experience.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Florida Memory Project has gathered images from the state's historic records that show us laughing. Take a look.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The EPA suggests you pick five things you can do.
Here are some suggestions:
• Dispose of waste properly. Practice reusing, recycling and buying products made from recycled materials.
• Buy the least-toxic product for cleaning or lawn care. Do "grasscycling," letting clippings fall on the lawn.
• Avoid products that have excessive packaging. Buy in larger quantities and save the trees and landfills.
• Look for water leaks in your home. Check the meter when no water is being used. After two hours, check it again. If the number has changed, there's a leak somewhere.
• Plant a tree. It will provide cooling shade and help to keep the air clean.
• Save energy. Turn off extra lights.
• Get a car with good mileage.
• Buy products made from recyclables, which uses less energy than creating the same products from new materials.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
A website to visit for a good selection of poetry, searchable by poet and poem is www. poets.org
If you'd like to read some poems, look in the 811 non-fiction section for American poetry.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
See what's happening @ your library during National Library Week. Check our Library Events listing for programs for children, computer classes and programs for adults. These activities happen year 'round not just during Library Week.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Using this theme, you place plants that need more water closest to the house. Those that need little or no irrigation can be planted farther away or at the lot's farthest points.
Xeriscaping makes use of many plants you may already have, such as cactus, asparagus fern, camellias sasanquas, and Shumard oaks. A full list of drought tolerant plants for Florida can be found at http://www.floridata.com/lists/drought_tolerant_plants.cfm
Container plantings and annuals need more water and should be planted closest to the house and the water source.
To xeriscape more of your property, consider increasing the size of a patio, creating a stone walkway, or turning one or more sections of your lawn into an area for attractive, drought--resistant bushes and plants.
Spring is the time to plant and we have books to help you. There are many books on gardening in Florida in the 635.9 nonfiction section of the library.