Thursday, May 27, 2010

Treasures of the Library of Congress

Even if you can't travel, you can still see some treasures of the world.  This link will take you to some Treasures of the Library of Congress.  You'll see views of originals of historic American documents.

Friday, May 21, 2010

How much is your library worth to you? Use this handy online calculator to find out how much money you save by using the library.

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

Reading aloud to your children

   Reading aloud to children is one of the best ways to help children to discover the joy of reading.
   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


   Just in time for Children's Book Week, we are trying out a new subscription to online books for children.  Take a look at TumbleBooks and TumbleReadables.    The link is also available through our webpage.

   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

Internet safety

The Internet provides wonderful opportunities for learning, communication and entertainment; but it also comes with hazards.

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

Do you or someone you know need help in filling out government forms online?

We can help.  Here's the schedule. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Learning Express

  If you need to get started in working on GED testing, ASVAB testing, or brushing up on job skills such as resumes and interviewing, this online database is for you.

   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

Computer classes for adults

   Computer classes for adults continue in May at Emily Taber Public Library in Baker County.  There are still a few's the schedule. 

   These basic classes are designed for adults who have little or no computer experience.