Children's Literacy and Outreach
ALL-STAR READERS with PAWS TO READ
All-Star Readers pairs students in grades 1-3 with volunteers who meet once a week at the Library to practice reading, play reading games, and choose books to take home. Participants can read their favorite stories aloud to one of our Paws to Read Therapy Dogs. If you have a child who could benefit from this program or you would like to volunteer, call the Library.
BLAST OFF WITH READING!
This 45-minute reading program is for students in Kindergarten. Students are paired with a pre-teen, teen, or adult volunteer. Each session incorporates read alouds, games, and practice of various reading skills including comprehension, letter sounds, sight words, and more. Students do not need to be able to read to participate. If you have a child who could benefit from this program or you would like to volunteer, stop by Children’s Services or call 419-625-3834 and press Option 5.
PAWS TO READ
Paws to Read helps children improve their reading skills while helping to foster kindness, respect, and good animal interaction skills. Children in kindergarten through 5th grade can share their favorite stories with Daisy, the Library’s Reading Ambassador.
SERVICES TO TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS
It is our hope that you will utilize our facility to its fullest extent. Our goal is to provide library services and resources for children from birth through adult years. We also assist parents, teachers, and others who work with children to find appropriate educational and recreational materials. Our staff welcomes questions and requests for services in person or by phone (419-625-3834).
EVERY CHILD READY TO READ @ YOUR LIBRARY
Every Child Ready to Read is a project of the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Services to Children. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read years before they start school. You can help your newborns through five-year-olds learn important skills now so that they can become good readers.
Every Child Ready to Read is an early literacy program aimed at encouraging parents to engage in literacy-based activities with their children. By talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing with your child every day you can help build literacy skills. Click here for the Every Child Ready to Read website.
According to research there are five pre-reading skills that children must learn in order to learn to read. Activities you do to support each of these skills will change as your child matures. The relationship between the skills with which children enter school and their later academic performance is strikingly stable. For instance, research has shown that there is nearly a 90% probability that a child will remain a poor reader at the end of the fourth grade if the child is a poor reader at the end of first grade.
Sandusky Library has available "Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library" Totes. These Totes, made possible through a Mylander Foundation grant, showcase the five essential pre-reading skills that a child must achieve in order to learn to read. The Totes are divided into two age categories: birth-2 years and 3-5 years. Each Tote contains books, activities, and supporting materials to help a parent or teacher teach the skill. The Totes can be reserved three months in advance and checked out for two weeks. They are available in Children’s Services. Free workshops are available for parent/caregiver groups and teachers. To schedule a free workshop for your group or for further information, stop by the Children's Services Desk or call Children's Services at 419-625-3834 and press Option 5.
Please take the time to thoroughly check out our website. It has numerous links for teacher resources, local history, and research sites using only one simple address.
THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT SANDUSKY LIBRARY:
- Teacher Totes (Complete units for your curriculum.)
- Storytime Totes (Units designed for preschool-first grade.)
- Science Totes (Consist of interactive books, games, puppets, tapes, and activities.)
- Every Child Ready to Read Totes (Totes are divided into two categories: Birth-2 years and 3-5 years. Consist of books, activities, and supporting materials to help a parent or teacher teach one of the five essential pre-reading skills.)
- Informational DVDs (Available for three weeks.)
- Holiday Collection
- Big Books
- Programs or Tours (Please schedule two weeks in advance.)
- Educational CD-ROMs
- Educational Magazines (Examples: "Mailbox," "Copycat," etc.)
- Free Wireless Internet Access
THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLETT HOUSE MUSEUM:
Tours (Can be a general tour or prepared to complement a specific lesson plan or topic. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance.)
Suitcase Museums (Speakers on local history topics which are tailored to the age and educational development of your students. These presentations are presented at your site. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance.)
"Breakfast at the Follett House"
"Flight Through Sandusky on the Underground Railroad
"Indians of the Lake Erie Basin"
"Old Fashioned Household Gadgets"
"Quilts in the Firelands"
"Sandusky School Days"
"Toys of the Nineteenth Century"
"Virtual Tour of the Follett House Museum"
"What People Wore in Early Sandusky"
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