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JUNE 27, 2012
Start and Keep Children Reading
Start reading to your child early; read board and picture books to your baby, repeat nursery rhymes, and sing and talk to them often.
Set aside some special time daily to read to your child separately and together with your family.
Ask your child questions about books that they are reading; read the same book and discuss it with them.
Get them hooked on books in a series; there are lots of good series books, like the Magic Tree House series, that will keep them interested and reading for a long time (48th book to be released this July)
Discover what type of books they like and help them find similar books and authors.
Find books and magazine articles about anything that your child is interested in—even reluctant readers or children who struggle with reading will want to read about their favorite sports star, movie character or activity.
A love of reading and learning is contagious. When children see you reading and visiting your library often they will want to also.
Give children free rein with their reading choices; allow them to read widely and freely.
Place books in a special place in your home; buy books for children as a part of their holiday and birthday gifts and encourage relatives and friends to do the same.
Make reading a fun activity; encourage your children to select books at their reading level and interest.
Among the databases available at the Marathon County Public Library, FOUNDATIONS IN WISCONSIN is a first choice for grant writers seeking funding sources. This easy-to-search database offers up-to-date information on over 1,300 Wisconsin foundations.
The database offers various search keys including Foundation Name, Location, Keyword, Grants Divided by AmountGiven, Foundation Officers/Directors, New Foundations and, most importantly, Area of Interest which indicate the prime purpose of the foundation. Some foundations, for instance, concentrate on grants related to Aging. Others emphasize grants on Alcohol and Drugs, Building, Children and Youth, Mental Health and so on.
FOUNDATIONS IN WISCONSIN can be accessed at all Marathon County Public Library locations. Library staff will provide the passwords needed to access the database.
FOUNDATIONS IN WISCONSIN includes a tutorial that explains how to use the database.
So, if you or your group is seeking funds, stop at an MCPL location and check out the FOUNDATIONS IN WISCONSIN database. It may have just the information you want to secure the funds you need!
Finding books at the right level is key to reading enjoyment and enrichment. Here are a few tips:
Use the five-finger rule. Have your child open the book to any page and start reading. Hold up one finger for every word your child does not know or has trouble pronouncing. When you have finished the page, look at the number of fingers you have up. Zero to one finger means that the book may be too easy for your child. Two to three fingers means that the book is at your child’s level. Four fingers means the book may be challenging for your child. Five fingers mean that the book may be too frustrating for your child at this time.
If you would like a list of books at your child’s individual level, we recommend using our online resource: Novelist K-8.This resource is available through MCPL’s website from anywhere you have internet access at http://mcpl.us/research/online/?resource=NoveListK8
Novelist K-8 uses Lexile ratings to measure the difficulty of a book based on word frequency and sentence length. (For more information about Lexiles, click here.) Please note, that lexile level does not take into account the appropriateness of the subject matter or content of a book, only the difficulty of the text.
Most schools in the area use the guided reading method and corresponding letters to measure a student’s reading level. If you know your child’s guided reading level, you can use this chart from Scholastic to convert the guided reading level to a Lexile number. If you do not know your child’s guided reading level, you can search Novelist K-8 for a book your child has already read and use that book’s Lexile to determine an appropriate Lexile range for your child.
Once you know your child’s Lexile range, use the Advanced Search in Novelist K-8 to generate a list of books. Here’s how:
On the Advanced Search page, you can either choose from the “Lexile Range” drop down menu on the left.
Click on search in the bottom left corner of your screen.
If the list is too large, use the menus in the left column of the page to narrow your search by genre, storyline, pace, tone, and subject. You may also see titles that are not age appropriate for your child. Use the menu in the right column to limit your search to items in the correct age range.
MCPL staff are happy to help you find books for your child and learn more about Novelist K-8. All you need to do is ask!