School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean opportunities to learn, grow, and have fun should stop. In fact, the activities youth engage in outside of school are just as important as what they are exposed to in the classroom and are particularly vital during the summer months when children are most at risk for learning loss. Academic success, however, is also closely linked to children’s health; we cannot expect children to thrive if they lack regular access to nutritious foods.
Since 2011 the Library has partnered with the Boone County School System to provide healthy meals and expanded learning opportunities to children under the age of 18 in the city of Florence. The collaboration continues and is supported, in part, by grant funds awarded through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA). This summer children can enjoy stories, games, fun activities, and a free meal at the Florence Branch, 7425 US 42, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free dinners will be offered twice a week through the Library’s Community Center on Wheels (CCoW) outreach vehicle at two separate locations. Meals and family activities will be provided at White Pine Village, 10201 Dixie Highway in Florence on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and at Mosby’s Point Mobile Homes, 10367 Garden Drive in Florence on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Freestore Foodbank is providing HeaterMeals so adults can have a free meal, too. Boone County Parks Department is supporting the project by leading activities at the Thursday evening events. These family meals end the week of July 18.
We look forward to seeing you.
Lisa Sensale Yazdian joined BCPL in 2007 and currently manages outreach services provided to youth, caregivers, and teachers. An educational psychologist by training, she is passionate about forging school, family, and community partnerships in support of youth learning and development.
Each year approximately 5000 new children’s books are published. Few parents or teachers have the time to sift through them to find good reads. Our hope is to give you a good place to start, increase your enjoyment, and save you time. How do we keep kids excited about reading, even reluctant readers, even in the summer? That’s where BCPL can help.
Have you used our grade level bookmarks in the past? These are bookmarks that contain lists of books for specific grade ranges that are recommended by the youth services librarians at BCPL. We have updated them to include more recently published books you may not be familiar with and they are available at all six of our locations. The bookmarks are updated every two years to make sure they include some of the newest books in our collection. Bookmarks are available for the following age/grade appropriate categories:
- Birth to 2
- Picture Books for ages 2-5 and 4-7
- Kindergarten to 1st Grade and 1st to 2nd Grade
- Grades 2-3 and 3-4
- Grades 4-5 and 5-6
- Middle School
- High School
- Graphic novels for Teens
- Graphic novels for Kids
While we hope that the titles listed on the bookmarks will interest your child, it may also spark an interest in similar topics. A librarian will be happy to help you find both the bookmark and other titles that may be of interest to your child. Bookmarks are also available to download on the BCPL website.
The library website has many other aids to help parents and kids find great reading material. Go to our website at www.bcpl.org and select the Kids tab. On this page you will find the following lists of top children’s books:
Another good resource available to you is Goodreads. Goodreads is to book lovers what Pandora is to music lovers. You can find great books that you will love by sharing books that you have already read with friends or any Goodreads group you would like to join. Check out our Goodreads page and see what you think!
Finally, a great way to get and stay interested in reading for yourself and your children is to participate in Boone County Public Library’s 2014 Reading Challenge. This year-long program challenges you to read a book from a different genre each month. Visit your local Boone County Public Library location, either in person or online, for these and many other great reasons and motivations to read! See you at the Library!
Jennifer Timmerman, a graduate of University of North Carolina, has worked in both school and public libraries in Florida, North Carolina and Kentucky and shares her love of learning and literature daily as the YS Manager at the Scheben Branch in Union.