Sunday, November 28, 2010

Computer Classes

Basic computer classes for adults are available at  Bradford County in November/December.   Classes in January will be held in Union County.

Starting on Monday, November 29 basic computer classes are offered.  Both morning and evening classes are available.

Classes are basic, hands on and designed for adults with little or no computer experience. Registration is required and seating is limited.

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

Monday, November 22, 2010

Did you know?

62% of adults in the U.S. have public library cards.

Monday, November 15, 2010

How does your child hear and talk?

  Every child is unique and has an individual rate of development. This chart represents, on average, the age by which most children will accomplish the listed skills.
1 to 2 years
Hearing and Understanding:
¨ Points to a few body parts when asked.
¨ Follows simple commands and understands questions (“Roll the ball,” “Kiss the baby,” “Where’s your shoe?”).
¨ Listens to simple stories, songs, and rhymes.
¨ Points to pictures in a book when named.
¨ Says more words every month.
¨ Uses some 1-2-word questions (“Where Kitty?” “Go bye-bye?” What’s that?”).
¨ Puts 2 words together (“more cookie,” “no juice,” “mommy book”).
¨ Uses many different consonant sounds of the beginnings of words.
2 to 3 years
Hearing and Understanding:
¨ Understands differences in meaning (“go-stop,” “in-on,” “big-Little,” “up-down”).
¨ Follows two request (Get the book and put it on the table”).
¨ Has a word for almost everything.
¨ Uses 2-3-word “sentences” to talk about and ask for things.
¨ Speech is understood by familiar listeners most of the time.
¨ Often asks for or directs attention to objects by naming them.
  Children typically don’t master all items in a category until they reach the upper age in each range.
Information provided by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Giving Children Access to Print Materials Improves Reading Performance

   Studies show that children's book lending and ownership programs have a  have positive behavioral, educational, and psychological outcomes.
   Access to print materials:
· Improves children's reading performance
· Proves instrumental in helping children learn the basics of reading
· Causes children to read more and for longer lengths of time
· Produces improved attitudes toward reading and learning among children.
   Borrow books from your library. Books and magazine subscriptions are good holiday and birthday presents.
...From Reading is Fundamental

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

We the People

23 new items:  the libraries have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association. 

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.