August Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the August 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The August activities were compiled by the staff at the Spencer Road Branch in St. Peters. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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Get the Most Out of Summer

We are nearing the mid-point of summer and it’s a busy season for many families. Vacation travel may be on the horizon or just ending. While summer camps and activities can keep us on the go, this is also a time when the dreaded “I’m bored!” status may set in. Never fear! Our libraries have an answer to the endless barrage of “What should we do now?” and that is READ! With two weeks remaining in the St. Charles City-County Library District’s Summer Reading program, here are the Top Ten Reasons to take part:

  1. The Summer Reading ProT20-SRPcombogam is FREE and open to all ages! No additional comments needed.
  2. Any additional reading helps prevent the dreaded summer-slide. Kids lose a lot of ground over the long break, regardless of their starting point. The summer reading program and other library activities keep kids engaged, their minds working, and limit regression.
  3. Library programs help keep kids busy! Different ages and grade levels have varied expectations but the end result is the same, the kids are occupied with something other than television or video games. 
  4. The kids are quiet and sometimes we all just need a little quiet time. If they are reading, they are possibly not talking (or yelling, singing, humming, whistling, etc). 
  5. There are prizes! YES! Depending on a reader’s age, they can take home a sippy cup, flashing flying toy, soothing hot/cold bag, cash and, of course a NEW BOOK for kids and teens just for completing 20 hours of reading. The Summer Reading prizes are sponsored by a generous donation from our partner organization the Friends of the Library.
  6. You can also use your Summer Reading minutes to double dip on our Take 20 and Read county-wide literacy initiative. This year-round program encourages 20 minutes of recreational reading each day. Check it out http://stchlibraryfoundation.org/Take20andRead
  7. There is a great sense of accomplishment when you turn in your reading log. We all need to set goals and work toward them. It feels fantastic to meet them and help your kids work toward accomplishing their own reading goals.
  8. Countless fresh conversations spark around the house as a result of new books read. What better way is there to interact with your kids than to share enjoyment of a book?
  9. For kids to see the adults in their life devote time to reading is hugely important. The Summer Reading program reminds us to take more time to read each day with our kids.
  10. Did we mention that it’s free?

The Library District’s Summer Reading Program runs through August 2nd.  It’s not too late to sign up and get the most out of the rest of your summer!

FIZZ, BOOM READ (birth to Grade 5)
SPARK A REACTION (grade 6 -12)
LITERARY ELEMENTS (adult readers)

Visit http://www.youranswerplace.org/summer-reading-2014 to find program details for all ages: 

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July Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the July 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The July activities were compiled by the staff at the Corporate Parkway Branch in Wentzville. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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June Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the June 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The June activities were compiled by the staff in Children’s Resources & Marketing at our administrative offices in St. Peters. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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May Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the May 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The May activities were compiled by the staff at the Kisker Road Branch in St. Charles. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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Lives Change @your library! – National Library Week 2014

Preschool_story_timeAs we near the end of National Library Week (April 13-19) the Library Foundation wants to highlight the 2014 NLW theme: Lives Change @your library! Readers and tweeters have celebrated the week by posting and commenting on their library experiences with the tags #liveschange and #NLW2014.  So rather than hearing why we think the library is vital in a community, we thought who better to share the impact of libraries than the people all across our nation who use them! We encourage you to take a moment to consider how the library has influenced you personally as you read the comments of these library fans:

For my elementary school librarian who never told me, “that book is too hard for you” – You changed my life. #LivesChange #NLW2014
– @b_netherton

“The rush to be the first to check out the new books was the biggest buzz.” -Jamaica, VT #LivesChange#LibraryWeekhttp://bit.ly/1maz4ur
- @cliforg

Simply put, libraries have been and continue to be a mainstay in my life and education, of which I owe them a great debt. #LivesChange
- @Errwati

It’s National Library Week! #LivesChange at libraries, perfect places for kids to grow their love for learning http://buff.ly/1gyCVKu #NLW14
- @PBUnitedWay

“Whether you’re in a three-piece suit or a three-day beard, you can go into a library and be welcomed.” #NLW2014 http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/14/travel/irpt-library-fascination-travel/ …
- @wichitalibrary     (Okay, this one is from a public library, but we included it because we really love the message!)

Today my child will get a library card & start a lifetime of new adventures! http://bit.ly/1qyeIKX  #TodayInAZ #LivesChange #NLW2014
- @ExpectMoreAZ

Library changed my life twice: once as a child @ the bookmobile, once as an adult by hiring me. #NLW14#LivesChange
- @KateWoodsWalker

Read. Every. Day. #nlw2014 #nlw2014 #liveschange #castleberryisd #be_cato pic.twitter.com/fuCEXfnJVZ
- @SenorMoran

We love coming to the library on Wednesday mornings for story time! #nlw2014 #liveschange pic.twitter.com/zXYw12x3Io
- @stace0328

Thank you for expanding my world @OUPAcademic…and sharing your knowledge for National Library Week: http://j.mp/PZPSq5 #liveschange
- @nevansportland

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April Early Literacy Calendar

Every month, the children’s services staff of the St. Charles City-County Library District create an Early Literacy Calendar for the community. Each calendar includes fun, impactful early literacy activities that can help children develop the skills necessary to learn to read. These calendars emphasize talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with the pre-readers in your life.

Click here for the April 2014 Early Literacy Calendar.

The April activities were compiled by the staff at the Deer Run Branch in O’Fallon. Use the calendar to make early literacy activities a part of your child’s daily routine!

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