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The Benefits of Reading Fiction ... Children's Edition!

The Benefits of Reading Fiction ... Children's Edition!

by Alyssa Bradac - 0 Comment(s)

Reading is a cornerstone of education. But did you know that by the time children reach grade 8, their interest in reading outside of school diminishes by more than 60%? In a culture of increased gadgetry and electronics, how can we help boost our children's educational experience while combating an over-zealous obsession with media?

  • Children's interest in reading a book outside of school:
    - Kindergarten: 100%
    - Grade 4: 54%
    - Grade 8: 30%
    - Grade 12: 19%
    *The major decrease in Grade 4 is thought to be directly related to parents no longer reading outloud to their children...

  • Too much time spent with screen media is associated with:
    - Childhood obesity
    - Sleep disturbances
    - Attention span issues

  • Children who have at least 100 pieces of printed material in their homes have higher reading scores than those with less...

  • The three best places to leave books for your children to read:
    - Bedroom
    - Bathroom
    - Kitchen (at the breakfast table)

Here are some articles about the benefits of reading with your children:
10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids
5 Hidden Benefits of Reading For Kids (And Their Parents!)
The Brainy Benefits of Bedtime Stories


10 tips to encourage early literacy

10 tips to encourage early literacy

by Fernando - 0 Comment(s)

1. Share books from infancy. Introduce books to your child and they will grow up loving them.

2. Show your child how a book works. Point out the front cover, and teach your child to turn pages.

3. Let your children see you read. They will want to do what you do.

4. Make book-sharing fun, whether you cuddle up together at bedtime or read for a few moments during playtime.

5. Talk about what you see in a book. Look at the pictures and let your child describe what they see.

6. Have fun with language. Say nursery rhymes and repeat them often.

7. Sing together. Music encourages an understanding of the sounds in words.

8. Talk about your day and ask about your child's day.

9. Read longer stories or tell imaginative stories to your children. Choose stories that have a beginning, middle, and an end to encourage reading comprehension.

10. Point out print all around us. Show your child the text in the books, on sings, and on cereal boxes.

BONUS TIP: Remember to get a FREE Library card for your child today.

Storytime anytime

Storytime anytime

by Fernando - 0 Comment(s)

We all know that reading books, singing nursery rhymes, and telling stories to your children helps them develop strong language and reading skills before school starts.

If you and your child can't join us for storytimes at the library, don't worry!

Your child can now watch stories on our website here >>

Free library programs from January to April 2014

Free library programs from January to April 2014

by Fernando - 0 Comment(s)

Here is what you were waiting for! The Winter program guides.

Your library card gives you free access to great programs for children, teens, and adults. Visit us at Saddletowne to pick up a program guide or check them out on our website.

These are some of the most popular programs at Saddletowne:

For kids and teens: For adults:
  • Storytimes
  • Computer buddies
  • Reading buddies
  • Lego contest
  • ESL Teen Talk
  • Chess in the library
  • Career basics: Interview skills
  • Career basics: Resume development
  • CyberSeniors connect
  • ESL conversation club
  • Citizenship preparation workshop

Find programs or register here >>

Neil Gaiman: Let children read the books they love

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Here is an interesting article. Author Neil Gaiman “physical books are here to stay during keynote speech on what he sees as future of books, reading and libraries.”

Click the link below to read the full article.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/14/neil-gaiman-children-books-reading-lecture

Super Cool Fun Activities

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Here are some super cool fun programs at the Saddletowne library that might interest you!!!

Word Games for Families
Mon Jan 28
7 - 8:00 p.m.
Find out how well you know the English language through an exciting and fast-paced word games! Parents are ancouraged to attend and participate. Ages 9 to 12.

Toastmasters International
Saturdays, Feb 2 to Mar 23
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Develop speaking and presentation skills, self-confidence and strong leaership skills. Ages 13-17

Papa Time
Thursdays, Feb 21 to Mar 7
6:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Here's a chance for fathers and their babies to share books, learn new skills and enjoy fun language activities together. Ages 6 to 23 months with a parent/cargiver.

You can register in person, online, or by calling 403-260-2620

Holiday Storytime!

by Courtney N - 0 Comment(s)

Join us for a holiday storytime, filled with holiday stories, rhymes, and songs!

When: Monday, December 17th @ 7:00 pm

Where: Genesis Centre Commons (Saddletowne Library)

Chess in the Library. Sunday, December 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

by Lindsay B - 0 Comment(s)

Sunday, December 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Come into the library and join members of the Calgary Chess Club and Calgary Junior Chess Club for the chance to play chess, supported by coaching. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

New Early Literacy Toys

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Check out the new early literacy wall toys just installed in the children's area at Saddletowne. They are waiting for little ones to explore!

Early Literacy WallEarly Litearcy Wall

Fun and Informative Programs at Your Library!

by Christina H - 0 Comment(s)

At Saddletowne library, we have a wide variety of programs to help you learn and have fun! Take a look at these great programs coming up at your library!

Parlez-vous français? If so, we have an exciting program coming up at the Saddletowne Library just for you! Saddletowne Library is excited to host a job search workshop in French! This unique program is offered in conjunction with Connexion Carriere. Register today to ensure your spot in this program, taking place May 9th, at 7:00 PM!

Is your child starting kindergarten in the upcoming school year? Sometimes, parents and children are unsure of what to expect from their first year of school. Saddletowne library is pleased to present “Preparing your Child for Kindergarten”! This one hour course will help you develop techniques to help children develop vital numeracy, literacy, and social skills. This program is a fun way to help parents and children feel that they are prepared for the exciting times coming up in their kindergarten year! This program takes place on May 12th, so register today!

Looking for a fun way to bond with your school-age child this summer? Try our Parent-Child book club! This fun, lively event is held once a month, on May 14, June 11, July 9, and August 13. All who would like to attend are required to register in advance, so call or go online today! This exciting program picks the very best in children’s and young adult literature and provides a great forum to encourage children to voice their opinions and express their joy of reading! This program is an excellent way to motivate children to keep reading through the summer months.

Saddletowne is pleased to present “Chakras” in conjunction with Innerscapes. This informative session will be held with Norma Veldhoen, and will cover the basics of Chakras, including what chakras are and the role they play in your health. For more information on this program, please visit the “programs” section of the CPL website. This program has extremely limited registration, so call or register online today! This program will run on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

If you are interested in any of the following programs register in-person, online, or by phone today! See you soon!