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Reading is a great way to show your child affection. Have your child sit on your lap while you read, read and snuggle before bedtime together or, if your child is a baby or toddler, attend a lap-sit story time. All of these activities promote parent-child bonding and early literacy.
Check out these picture books about affection that you can share with your child:
1, 2, I Love You by Alice Schertle
Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug by JD Lester
Do You Love Me? by Joost Elffers
Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug by Susan Musgrave
I Love You, Little One by Nancy Tafuri
Count My Kisses, Little One by Ruthie May and Tamsin Ainslie
I’ll Always Love You by Peaony Lewis
I Love You All Year Long by Steve Metzger
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Hug by Jez Alborough
Categories: Children, Reading, Storytimes
Helping your child get ready to read is easy! Just do one fun activity from this calendar each day. Plus, sign up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Ask your children's librarian for more tips and ideas to promote pre-reading skills in your child.
Categories: Children, Early Literacy
Starting in February, several Marathon County Public Library locations will host programs aimed at promoting positive parenting skills, Internet safety and encouraging quality family time.
Our MCPL Parenting Series begins with a presentation by Aaron Ruff of the Marathon County Health Department about The Real Happy Hour, a multi-agency effort to share resources and ideas that promote and encourage families to spend quality time together.
Other programs cover safety, both online and at home. The “Raising Safe Kids” program, held at both the Rothschild and Wausau MCPL locations and presented by staff from Marathon County Social Services, covers personal and traffic safety, and tips on how to stay safe when home alone. Angela Diener of the Boys & Girls Club of Wausau will present “NetSmartz for Tweens” at our Wausau and Stratford locations, which covers cyberbullying, safe use of emails and instant messaging, identity theft and other online security topics.
Becky Mroczenski of the Marathon County Health Department will lead a presentation on childhood vaccines in March, and in April, Linda Salzman from the Family Resource Center will share ways to communicate with and discipline children without yelling.
Call 715-261-7220 for more information, or watch www.mcpl.us/events for updates.
Categories: Children, Newsletter, Programs
Even though there are no story times, there are still plenty of things to do at the library! You can do puzzles, play games, read books, and check out book bundles to put on your own story time at home. Book bundles come with a set of themed books and an early literacy sheet with suggested songs, fingerplays, and activities to get your child ready to read.
Happy holidays and we will see you story timers in 2014!
Categories: Children, Storytimes
The aquarium officially opened on Dec. 5, and was funded through a generous donation from the estate of Phyllis Donner. Las Vegas-based aquarium company Acrylic Tank Manufacturing built the aquarium, which is home to dozens of fish, crustaceans, coral and other aquatic life typically seen solely through the lens of a scuba mask.
Over the past year, some fish have more than doubled in size, and several species of coral have taken hold and started to create reefs. Darren Letner of Wausau maintains the aquarium and said he’s happy to see so many fish flourishing because they come from all over the world – and sometimes don’t survive the journey to the United States. Letner also said the aquarium’s popularity is obvious, especially among the library’s youngest patrons.
“When the kids see it, they just get lost in it,” he said.
Categories: Children, Newsletter
Find "Traveling Tales" in the Library Catalog (V-Cat): www.mcpl.us?k=traveling+tales+kit.
Categories: Children, Books, Reading
There is no cost to participate, but class sizes are limited. To register or for more information, call 715-261-7220.
- Math / Oct. 9 & Feb. 12
- Science / Nov. 13 & Mar. 12
- Reading / Dec. 11 & April 9
- Writing / Jan. 8
Categories: Newsletter, Children, Parents
Mem Fox's book Reading Magic inspired the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.
When reading aloud to your child, try Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments:
1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud.
2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.
3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don’t be dull, or flat, or boring. Hang loose and be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
4. Read with joy and enjoyment: real enjoyment for yourself and great joy for the listeners.
5. Read the stories that the kids love, over and over and over again, and always read in the same ‘tune’ for each book: i.e. with the same intonations on each page, each time.
6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures, or anything else connected to the book; or sing any old song that you can remember; or say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way; or be noisy together doing clapping games.
7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children, and make sure the books are really short.
8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as letting kids finish rhymes, and finding the letters that start the child’s name and yours, remembering that it’s never work, it’s always a fabulous game.
9. Never ever teach reading, or get tense around books.
10. Please read aloud every day, mums and dads, because you just love being with your child, not because it’s the right thing to do.
Check out Mem Fox's read-aloud techniques available on the website, Reading Is Fundamental @ www.rif.org.
Categories: Children, Reading
Become SMARTer about the SMART board and learn about all the many ways you can learn on it!
A SMART board is available in the children’s activity room @ MCPL headquarters.
The SMART board combines the simplicity of a white board with the power of a computer (http://smarttech.com/smartboard).
Kids naturally gravitate to the ease of the touch screen. Children’s excitement in ‘operating’ the SMART board boosts their self-esteem and builds confidence in science and technology and aids them to work independently at a later time (Teaching Science magazine, June ‘08).
Are you interested in learning what else you can do besides “draw and doodle” on the interactive white board? The children’s dept. staff is happy to offer impromptu tutorials on the wonders of the SMART board. You can stop by to get a quick overview or schedule a session with our friendly children’s dept. staff.
Not only can you draw but there are also fun and educational activities and games that you can play. These are offered through the SMART exchange website. Teachers and other educators have designed and shared their educational activities through the SMART exchange website (exchange.smarttech.com).
Staff members searched through these resources and made it easy for you to access some of these age-appropriate games and teacher recommended activities suitable for kids of all ages.
Stop by the MCPL Wausau children’s desk to learn about the wonders of the SMART board!
Categories: Children, technology
Exploration Station is a new program being offered for children at the Wausau Headquarters Library beginning this September. It is a hands-on curriculum based class for preschool children ages 4-6 that features rotating lab activities in the core areas of math, science, reading, and writing. It is a participatory class where a child and his/her parent/caregiver work together as a team. It is not a storytime.
Each class begins with a discussion and stories about the theme and then breaks into smaller groups that rotate to lab stations to complete activities at each of the 5 stations. Children spend 5-6 minutes at each station. Caregivers are given the tools that they need to create a dialogue with the child about what is being learned and experienced. A craft related to theme is included in each session. At the end of class groups discuss what they have learned.
Classes are listed below. Register both you and your child (715-261-7220) for one class or all. Class size is limited to 25 teams of parent/caregiver and child.
Exploration Station Classes-- Fall/Winter 2013
- September 11 Writing
- October 9 Math
- November 13 Science
- December 11 Reading
Exploration Station Classes--Winter /Spring Sessions 2014
- January 8 Writing
- February 12 Math
- March 12 Science
- April 9 Reading
Categories: Children, Programs
Family Story Time (all ages)
- MCPL Wausau — Sat., 10:30am [Resumes 9/21/13]
- MCPL Athens — Tue., 10am
- MCPL Edgar — Thu., 9:30am [Resumes 9/19/13]
- MCPL Hatley — Tue., 10:30am
- MCPL Marathon City —Thu., 10:30am [Resumes 9/12/13]
- MCPL Mosinee — Wed., 10am [Resumes 9/11/13]
- MCPL Rothschild -- Tue., 10:30am
- MCPL Rothschild -- Fri., 10:30am [Ends 7/26/13]
- MCPL Spencer — Wed., 10am [Resumes 9/11/13]
- MCPL Stratford — Wed., 10:15am [Resumes 9/11/13]
- MCPL Wausau — Wed. & Thu., 10:30am
- MCPL Wausau — Tue., 9:45am & 10:30am
- MCPL Wausau — Mon., 10:00am
- MCPL Wausau — Fri., 9:30am
- MCPL Wausau — Mon., 6:30pm [Ends 8/12/13]
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)
Categories: Children, Storytimes, Newsletter
Summer events continue throughout August, featuring engaging, informative presentations and activities for all ages. Upcoming events include movie nights, workshops, crafts and a pool party!
Also, adults and teens still have time to vote in our Literary Smackdown competition to pick the most influential book in Marathon County: www.mcpl.us/smackdown.
Reading logs for children and teens will be accepted through Aug. 24. Prizes are available throughout the summer for completing each excavation dig!
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)
Categories: Summer Library Program, Children, Newsletter
Although 1,000 books sounds like a huge number, consider this: If you read one book a day, you could finish in less than three years. Ten books per week? Less than two years. We’ll give you more tips and suggestions, too.
Families who register will receive a folder with a sheet to record each 100 books, a garden sheet, and instructions. Incentives include stickers, books and book bags, and a “graduation party” for those who complete 1,000 books.
(from the MCPL Newsletter, Jul-Sep., 2013)
Categories: Children, Book Clubs, Newsletter
Common Sense Media, an independent, non-partisan nonprofit provides trustworthy reviews about media and technology for kids and families. Their website, commonsensemedia.org. rates media for children on quality and learning potential.
Common Sense Media's reviews allow busy parents to gather lots of info about a game in a few seconds. A snapshot look at the game’s content gives parents the opportunity to get a feel for the game at a glance. Each review provides an age range, learning rating and a content meter which rates positive messages, ease of play, violence and more. For parents who have time for more research, each of the snapshot-style reviews are expandable to show more details.
Common Sense Media also offers reviews of books, television shows, movies, and music. For more information the Common Sense Media about us page.
Categories: Children, technology, Parents
It’s time to get ready to “Dig Into Reading” @MCPL this summer. The Summer Library Program starts June 8 and ends August 24. We have lots of fun activities, programs, therapy dogs to listen to kids read, and a summer reading club all ready to go for children and families at all MCPL locations.
Children can register for the reading club and pick up the Excavation Site Map @ any MCPL location. For every 15 minutes children read, visit the library, attend a library program and complete a suggested activity, they cross off or color a rock. When all 7 rocks are colored, the site map can be brought to the library and children can claim their treasure. Children will need their maps to get their treasure. Children can complete as many digs as they want and claim treasure for completion of each one.
Along with the reading club, we have many great performers lined-up who will be sure to delight the whole family and sneak in some learning as well.
· Musician/storyteller, Stuart Stotts will be presenting “Dig in and Dig It: Songs and Stories to Celebrate Reading” with songs about a magical cavern, the Underground Railroad and more.
· The Truly Remarkable Loon will amaze us as he “Read(s) Books and Juggles Everything Else” including juggling spinning plates.
· Jack Zolkowski and his amazing Soda Pups Dogs will steal your heart and keep you smiling all day. His dogs are named after soft drinks—Ginger Ale, Sierra Mist, Squirt, Dr. Pepper, and RB (Root Beer). Sierra Mist even rides in a remote-controlled Hummer and you won’t want to miss the Green Bay Packer trick!
· Magician Rob Halbrook is back as Professor Marvel, but this year he will be taking us on an amazing Archeological Adventure involving Merlin and the Goblet of Fire and lots more book-related magical adventures.
· With Professor Oops we will be “Dig(ging) Into the Underground World” and exploring creatures underneath the ground as only he can present it, with lots of humor and fun.
· David Stokes and his “Creatures Under the Earth Surface” program will help us discover creatures that hug the earth.
Discover, imagine and create @your library this summer and "Dig Into Reading". Special Summer Library Programs are also available for teens (Beneath the Surface) and adults (Groundbreaking Reads). For more information and schedules: http://www.mcpl.us/events/slp/
Categories: Children, Summer Reading Program
The next couple of weeks the Wausau Headquarters children's department will be busy with school tours, so there will be no story times May 12th through June 9th at the Wausau Headquarters library.
Book Babies, Tales for Tots and Preschool Story Times will continue through summer with an adjusted schedule.
Beginning June 10th, join us for Sweet Dreams Story Time.
This story time will be offered every Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. throughout the summer. Come join the summer fun!
Categories: Children, Summer Reading Program, Storytimes
Categories: Children, Awards, Books
Categories: Children, Rothschild Branch
If you like, write a review or draw a picture about your "Mystery Book". A review sheet/drawing sheet is included. Return your book review or drawing to the children's desk at MCPL Headquarters and receive a nifty bookmark to save your place in the next book you read. Happy Reading!
Categories: Children, Books
RED- beginning reader: simple short stories, with easy text, only a few words on each page and many pictures to help tell the story.
BLUE- emergent reader: books have one or two lines of text on each page with simple sentences and pictures to help tell the story.
GREEN- semi-fluent reader, these books have more complex story structures with a plot, more sentences to a page and more difficult vocabulary.
YELLOW- fluent reader: books with short chapters, more complex vocabulary and sentence structure, with few pictures.
These colors will appear on the spine of all easy reader books. Ask MCPL children’s staff for more details.
Categories: Children, Books, Storytimes