Posts tagged with "Literacy"

Posted by wtolan on 12/08/17
 
Thank you to all of our wonderful customers, staff and community groups who helped contribute to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Holiday Book Drive throughout the past few weeks. 770 books were generously donated for infants, children and teens for Wheeling Township's Adopt-a-Family program. Special thanks go to library staff and volunteers, the Board of Library Trustees members, the Lakeshore Circle Book Club, the Rolling Green Nine-Hole Golf League and Girl Scout Troop 40792. The library has donated 17,132 books to children and teens in need since it introduced the Holiday Book Drive in 1998. Thank you again for helping provide the gift of literacy in our community during the holidays.

Posted by aharder on 12/14/15
 
Thank you to all of our wonderful customers, staff and community groups, 558 books were donated for children and teens for Wheeling Township’s Adopt-a-Family program. Special thanks go to library staff, the Rolling Green Nine-Hole Golf League and Chamber of Commerce Professional Women’s Council. Teen books were identified as a particular need this year, and Arlington Heights answered our call for materials needed for a broader age of readers, with many titles donated for teens and tweens. Since starting the holiday book drive in 1998, the library has donated 15,031 books to children in need. Thank you for helping provide the gift of literacy in our community during the holidays!

Posted by paichele on 10/18/16
 
It’s never too early to start reading to babies, toddlers and preschoolers to help develop early literacy skills. Research shows children become readers on the lap of a caring adult and the more books children ages 0-5 hear, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read later on.
 
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program for young children that began at the library in September 2014. Last year 38 area preschools and 702 individuals participated. Although 1000 books sounds like a lot, it’s only three shared reading sessions a day for a year. So how does it work?
 

• Register here or in Kids’ World.
• Start reading and counting.
• Drop by Kids’ World to check in and receive prizes.
• The program continues until your child enters kindergarten.
• Find more details at ahml.info/1000books.

 
 
How to Grow a Reader
  • Reading aloud to your child is the single most important thing you can do to help your child be ready to read.
  • We can help you find age-appropriate titles and topics for your child. Ask a librarian for help in choosing books for your baby, toddler or preschooler.
  • You are your child’s first and best teacher. Children learn best through playful interaction with a caring adult.
  • Talk, sing, read, write and play! Engaging in these five practices with your child will help him or her develop early literacy skills.
  • To learn more, sign up for our quarterly Ready to Read eNewsletter.

Posted by aharder on 07/31/15

Shared reading is the best way to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers develop the important early literacy skills they need to learn how to read independently later on. The more books children ages 0–5 hear, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read. It’s never too early to start.
 
1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program for young children. Although 1000 books sounds like a lot, it’s only three shared reading sessions a day for a year. So how does it work?

• Register online at ahml.info/1000books or in Kids’ World.
• Start reading and counting!
• Drop by Kids’ World to check in and receive prizes. 
• The program continues until your child enters kindergarten. 
• Find more details at ahml.info/1000books
 

Helping your child develop early literacy begins with cuddling up and sharing a good book. Research shows that children become readers on the lap of a caring adult. Join us as we reach for 1000!

 
How to Grow a Reader
  • Reading aloud to your child is the single most important thing you can do to help your child be ready to read.
  • We can help you find age-appropriate titles and topics for your child. Ask a librarian for help in choosing books for your baby, toddler or preschooler.
  • You are your child’s first and best teacher. Children learn best through playful interaction with a caring adult.
  • Talk, sing, read, write and play! Engaging in these five practices with your child will help him or her develop early literacy skills.
  • To learn more, sign up for our quarterly Ready to Read eNewsletter.

Posted by aharder on 08/08/16
 
Online Tools for Back to School
Find these at http://www.ahml.info/kids/school_help and http://www.ahml.info/teens/study (except for Testing & Education Reference Center, which is not on the kids’ page)
 
Encyclopedia Britannica: The world-renowned reference tool, with articles, images, videos and helpful links on almost every topic (countries, people, animals, science, etc.). Three versions: For Children, For Young Adults and Reference Center. 1st grade-adult.
 
Student Resources in Context: Reference articles, overviews and magazine journal articles on all topics. Helpful at term paper time! 5th grade-adult.
 
PebbleGo: For emergent readers--short articles and videos about animals, science, biographies and social science. K-2nd grade.
 
Core Concepts (Biology, Chemistry & Periodic Table): Overview articles to help understand important scientific principles. 7th-12 grades.
 
CultureGrams: Detailed overviews of all the world’s countries: government, population, daily life, etc. 3rd-12th grades.
 
Visual Thesaurus: Love wordplay? Use Visual Thesaurus to explore connections between words and build your vocabulary. Read fun, informative articles about the interesting ways in which we use words. There’s even an online spelling be you can join. Also great for ESL learners. 6th grade-adult.
 
Testing & Education Reference Center: Online test prep for ACT, the new SAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GED etc., as well as several vocational tests (ASVAB, PRAXIS, etc.) and language/citizenship tests. High school students can do college and scholarship searches, and job seekers can use a resume-building tool. 10th grade-adult.
 
Tutor.com: Live online tutoring for students in all topics (math, science, social studies, etc.). Older students can get help with standardized test prep and adults can take advantage of their resume-writing assistance. 1st grade-adult.
 

Posted by paichele on 01/30/17
 
What is fake news?
The Internet is full of viral misinformation. Fake news is a false news story designed to look like credible information and makes it difficult to decipher fact from fiction. Fake news typically spreads fast online. How can we wade through it? Always reflect on how you encountered the story. Was it promoted on a website? Did it show up in a social media feed? Was it sent to you by someone you know? Trace the story to its original source.

Here are some other helpful steps to analyze news sources and tools for fact checking.

Put it to the CRAAP Test:
Currency—Can you find a date of the article or photograph? When was it last updated?
Relevance—Who is the intended audience? How does the source meet your needs?
Accuracy—Is the information supported by evidence? Does it cite other sources?
Authority—Who is the author? What are their credentials?
Purpose—Does the site give facts or opinions? Does it have a clear bias?
 
Is it true? Check out these unbiased fact-checking websites:
Snopes
Independent, self-sufficient entity wholly owned by its operators who investigate rumors.
 
Factcheck
Non-partisan, non-profit which acts as a consumer advocate for voters. A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
 
Politifact
Independent fact checking website created by the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. PolitiFact has won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
 
Where does the bias lie in the media?
Check out this study from the Pew Research Institute
 
Other resources and articles about Fake News
When Fake News Stories Make Real News Headlines

Looking for more information? Contact a Specialty Info Librarian at questions@ahml.info.
 
 

Posted by aharder on 03/11/16
 
Launchpads Take Off in Kids’ World
 
New Launchpad learning tablets are now available for check-out in Kids’ World. Each tablet is pre-loaded with learning games for children. Search “launchpad” at ahml.info to see available tablets and games or look for them in the STEM area in Kids’ World.

Posted by aharder on 06/14/17
 
Heading abroad over the summer? Make sure to learn the language. The library offers a number of free online language-learning tools:

• Little Pim: Fun, easy lessons for kids, pre-K to 2nd grade. It covers Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Hebrew, English, German, Arabic, Russian.
• Mango Languages: Lively introductory lessons for 72 languages. Special “Conversations” lessons give you a quick-start. Some language lessons also have full-length foreign-language feature films (for adult audiences) to help improve your language comprehension.
• Pronunciator: Covers over 80 languages. Many have “8-Week Travel Prep” lessons and scheduled “Live Conversation” sessions that let you talk in real-time with a Pronunciator representative. Kids can use their special “Young Learners” lessons. Pronunciator is a more in-depth resource and includes a special evaluation tool to help improve your pronunciation skills.
 
Both Mango and Pronunciator are also valuable tools for learning English as a Second Language (ESL).
 

Posted by aharder on 01/31/18
 
If you missed the library's annual Readers’ Party and are looking for your next winter read, here is a recap of staff recommendations:
 
Something Like Happy by Eva Wood
Recommended by Sherri T, Readers Advisory
 
Coming to my Senses by Alice Waters
Recommended by Joan L, Readers Advisory
 
Unforgettable: The Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert’s Renegade Life by Emily Kaiser Thelin
Recommended by Katie M, Senior Services
 
River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks
Recommended by Barb W, Senior Services
 
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Recommended by Pam S, Readers Advisory
 
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Recommended by Julie J, School Services
 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Recommended by Alice S, Teen Services
 

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Recommended by Sonya H, Teen Services

 
Find more Staff Picks here
 
Want recommendations on what to read next? Complete our Book Me form and our librarians will provide a list of recommended books for you to try.
 
 

Posted by aharder on 04/05/18
 
Library parking lot full? Did you know parking is also available across the street from the library in the commuter lot on Vail Avenue? After noon on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday, the Vail commuter lot is free. The commuter lot is located on Vail Avenue between St. James and Fremont. Enter from Vail Avenue or St. James.
 

 
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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

04/27/2011
The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
 
By contributing patron-generated content, patrons grant the Library an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon that content.
 
By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content.
 
Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
 
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
 
  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
 
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
 
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
 
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
 
  • content that is invasive of another person’s privacy;
 
  • content that is unrelated to the discussion or venue in which it is posted;
 
  • content that is in violation of the Library’s Code of Conduct or any other Library policy