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Duck is very excited about his jack-o-lantern and cannot wait to show his friends.  Duck, unfortunately, has a little pumpkin trouble and ends up scaring his friends.  In a colorful and simple style, Jan Thomas has made a funny book for pumpkin lovers of all ages.  

This picture book is based on the true story of the gorilla Umande.  Umande's mom was too young to know how to care for him, she saw him as a playmate.  Umande ended up in our Columbus Zoo gorilla habitat and found a Mom in Lulu.  A sweet story for animal lovers of all ages.  

What do you do when your homework is to write to your penpal named Clunk from another planet?  You write a letter and then send your annoying sister along as a present to show how much you love this assignment.  The exchange of funny letters back and forth in the galaxy will tickle your funny bone.  For ages 4 and up.    

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Get Ready To Read! Print Awareness

Written by published on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 4:58pm

Print awareness is noticing print everywhere! Print awareness is knowing that the squiggly lines on a page symbolize something meaningful. Print awareness is the knowledge that writing in English is read from left to right and that the text flows from the top of the page to the bottom. Another aspect of print awareness is being familiar with how a book works; that books have covers, and pages to be turned, left to right.... Read more

Get Ready To Read! Building Narrative Skills

Written by published on Wed, 09/04/2013 - 6:12pm

Mother and baby readingToday’s children are expected to have strong pre-literacy skills before they enter kindergarten. How can parents ensure that they are providing the right experiences for their children to develop these skills? Many parents don’t realize that... Read more

Get Ready To Read! Phonological Awareness

Written by published on Sun, 09/08/2013 - 3:23pm

Phonological awareness is a child’s awareness that sentences can be broken down into words, syllables and sounds. Music naturally encourages development of this pre-reading skill by allowing kids to play with language using rhythm, rhyming and repetition. Take a peek at this short video for more information:

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Get Ready To Read! Letter Knowledge

Written by published on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 6:08pm

At some point in early childhood, children realize that letters are different from each other. They learn to recognize all letters, in both lower and upper cases. They learn the name of each letter and what sound accompanies each letter. This process is known as letter knowledge. This skill can be developed by every day reading and writing activities such as playing with alphabet letters on a refrigerator, reading and pointing out... Read more

Get Ready To Read! Print Motivation

Written by published on Wed, 09/11/2013 - 7:26pm

baby boy with book

One of the first early literacy skills to develop is print motivation. Print motivation is a child's interest in and enjoyment of books. Parents can cultivate this skill early on by reading to their infants. Even though they aren't able to follow the story, they still very much enjoy hearing their parent's voice. If children witness their parents enjoying reading, they learn to... Read more

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  • For children ages 2-3 and their caregivers. Songs, rhymes and stories teach children how sounds and letters relate to reading and will... (full entry)

    When?
    02/03/2015 - 10:15am to 10:45am
    Where?
    Lane Road Branch Library
  • Children ages 3-6 are invited to join us at the Lane Road Library for Stories and Crafts. Each week participants will listen to books... (full entry)

    When?
    02/03/2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Where?
    Lane Road Branch Library