May 8th, 2013, posted by lslibrary
It is sad to say, but each year at this time, the three public library systems of NYC need our help. New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Borough Public Library are all facing cuts to the tune of between 32 million and 47 million dollars. What is the impact? Besides cutting qualified staff, these cuts would mean a diminishing of hours, cuts to wifi, storytimes, computer classes, job search programs and cultural programs.
We are lucky at LREI to have 2 great library spaces with degreed librarians to help our students. Many NYC kids are not so lucky, and use the public library as their main source of books and homework help.
All 3 systems have places on their webpages to write to our elected officials to let them know that cutting public library funds cuts the quality of life for all New Yorkers. You can follow the links if you feel that libraries are important and that their budgets should not be cut.
New York Public Library
Brooklyn Public Library
Queens Borough Public Library
Also, one of the best ways to support the public libraries is to USE them. We are so lucky to have 3 amazing library systems within our 5 boroughs. If your child does not already have a card, go to the library and get one. And make stopping in to your local branch a weekly event. Get to know your local children’s librarian. They are a wealth of knowledge about children’s literature, literacy, as well as a great source of book recommendations.
Support New York’s public libraries today!
April 18th, 2013, posted by lslibrary
As Phil mentioned in his blog post, Screen Free Week is coming. Conceptually this seems much harder than the old TV Turn off Week that some of us remember from back in the day.
I have been talking about this with professional friends on mine, and while so many of advocate for families to drop everything and read, we do need to acknowledge the fact that nowadays, much of our reading is done on screen instead of on page. So many things about our everyday lives come to us over media. Zite aggregates my news for me and I read the headlines on my commute. My PLN has grown through twitter, and library professionals help each other 140 characters by 140 characters everyday. I teach my students how to find and evaluate information, how to be a good digital citizen, and how to find books using screens.
Can I go screen free?
Maybe not professionally, but I am going to give it a try personally. My main reason is to provide an example for my daughters, and my students. Just as modeling reading for pleasure is essential to raising readers, I do think modeling screen free time is important for our children.
Please visit this video from RandomHouse featuring some prominent Children’s Book artists and authors talking about the importance of screen free time.
March 14th, 2013, posted by lslibrary
As we head into 2 fantastic weeks of spring break, don’t forget to take some books along for the ride. Whether you are off on a vacation, or curled up at home, enjoy this less scheduled time with some books. If you need suggestions, head on into the library and ask one of our friendly librarians! If you don’t get the chance to do this, you can get some ideas from the following online sources!
Notable Books for Children
Bank Street Children’s Books of the Year
NYPL’s Booklists for Kids
February 8th, 2013, posted by lslibrary
If you get a chance, you should hurry on over to the Children’s Center at 42nd Street to see an exhibit of the personal hats of Dr. Seuss. The exhibit is only on until February 11th. More details can be found by following this link!
December 17th, 2012, posted by lslibrary
Another successful Book Week has been put to rest. Big thanks to all of the wonderful authors and illustrators who visited us, to the amazing Literary Committee for putting everything in place, and to the parent volunteers who made everything run so smoothly. Our students are so lucky to be able to participate in such a rich and dynamic week every year.
November 26th, 2012, posted by lslibrary
Here in the library, LREI’s annual Book Week is one of our favorite times of the year. We welcome authors and illustrators into every Lower School classroom. It’s always an exciting time and this year is no exception.
On Monday December 10th we are happy to host Roxie Munro, Gina Goldmann, P.D Eastman, Geoffrey Hayes, Ai-Ling Louie, and Melanie Hope Greenburg. On Tuesday we will be seeing Randall de Seve, Carin Berger, Bonnie Bryant Hiller, C. Alexander London, and Michael Hearst. On Wednesday, we will be welcoming Marthe Joceyln.
Book Week culminates with our Annual Literary Evening for adults featuring A.M Homes, Alice Eve Cohen, Rajesh Parameswaran, Martha Southgate, Sung J. Woo.
Don’t forget the book sale will also be happening during Book Week on Wednesday after school, and Thursday and Friday all day.
October 11th, 2012, posted by lslibrary
Periodically (about once per month) the librarians run overdue notices and distribute them to students. If your child has a classroom hanging pockets, the notice will be placed there. If your child has a cubbie, or shelf, the librarians will give the notices to the teachers to hand to the child.
These are simply reminders for your family to return overdue materials to the library. There are no fines involved. If you have lost a book, please come and speak with one of us, and we will work it out!
Also, computers aren’t perfect! Sometimes there are errors with the notices. If there is an error, please let us know and we will make sure it is rectified.
We will be running overdues the last week of the month. If you ever have any questions about your child’s library record, please drop by.
October 3rd, 2012, posted by lslibrary
The Fourth Grade is super excited to be hosting Sheila Turnage, author of THREE TIMES LUCKY, tomorrow! We have been reading aloud in library, and just got to the juicy part of the mystery! Our students are excited to talk to Sheila about her craft and about writing mysteries in particular. As of today, students have predictions about 5 different characters who could possibly be guilty!
We will be sure to post some photos of this exciting visit!
May 11th, 2012, posted by lslibrary
It is never too early to think about summer reading. The librarians are busily updating our summer reading lists, adding some new and exciting titles that your children are sure to love. Here at LREI we are so lucky to have 4 librarians who are constantly reading. We love talking books with our students, and love the fact that book recommending is a two way street around here.
Here are some suggestions to help your summer reader stay excited about reading this summer.
Book clubs! – Many children love dishing about books together. If you know you will be close to another family, why not set up a weekly book club with your children. Bring some snacks and guiding questions, and your children may just be reading more deeply than if they were on their own. Even if you are not close together, you can facetime a book club! Sometimes a little bit of technology is just what a reader needs to get interested!
Get outside! – Reading need not be an indoor activity. When you are going to the park, or out on the boat, or headed to the beach make sure to pack a bunch of books for your children to choose from.
Read together! – Nobody is too old for reading aloud. Whether it’s a picture book or a chapter book, schedule some daily family time for a read aloud. Be it 5 minutes or an hour, it will be a fun activity that your children will look forward to.
Don’t forget to stop by our Book Swap Thursday May 17 and Friday May 18 to find some new-to-you books to get excited about!
April 1st, 2012, posted by lslibrary
Let’s be honest. Many of us do not consider poetry. We may have a fond memory or two of a favorite poem as a child, but chances are as adults we do not work poetry into our “to be read” pile.
We should work on changing this! And why not make that change during April which is National Poetry Month!
Here are a few things you may want to experience with your children during the month of April!
- Why not visit Poet’s House? Located at Ten River Terrace, Poet’s House is a lovely respite filled with poetry and has a children’s room to boot!
- Unable to visit a physical space? Why not check out librarian Travis Jonker’s blog where he always has something poetry going on … including the now famous spine poem gallery! Why not make a spine poem or two of your own?
- If you are near the library at LREI, come on in and ask about our 811s! That is the Dewey Decimal Section where you will find our fabulous poetry collection. We have anthologies and many, many picture book poetry titles as well!