PA Fwd – Basic Literacy

Exciting news – we have earned our Bronze Star under the PA Forward Libraries Pilot Program!!!!

Our next step is to start the process of earning 5 silver stars – one for each of the 5 Literacies: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy and Financial Literacy.

This morning we’d like to discuss the first of those literacies:

Basic Literacy Solo

Why is Basic Literacy important?

Did you know that:

  • Only 48% of parents read to their preschoolers daily.
  • Eighty-five percent of all juveniles interfacing with the court system are functionally illiterate.
  • A child’s library use raises his or her fourth grade assessment scores.
  • Thirteen percent of Pennsylvanians lack basic literacy skills such as the ability to read a newspaper or brochure. This percentage of Pennsylvanians who struggle with basic literacy remains unchanged from 1992.
  • More than 75% of jobs in Pennsylvania demand education beyond high school. And yet, nearly 120,000 Pennsylvania youth ages 16-24 have dropped out of high school.
  • Fifty percent of the nation’s unemployed youth ages 16-21 are functional illiterates with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs.

Increasing basic literacy across the state would empower a stronger workforce which would achieve a higher tax base, economy and population.

for more eye opening facts about the importance of Basic Literacy, check out the links at the PA Forward Basic Literacy page: http://www.paforward.org/home/basicliteracy.aspx

 

Spelling Bee

Just a reminder, the Preliminary Round of the 2nd Annual BCLS Spelling Bee will be held tomorrow, Saturday, April 2 here at the Wyalusing Public Library down in the children’s area.

The Spelling Bee will begin at 1 p.m.

Come on out and support our spellers.

PA Forward

The Wyalusing Public Library is now part of the PA Forward Pilot program.

PA Forward will promote and benefit all libraries. For academic libraries, the campaign will strengthen the public’s perception that academic institutions provide great benefits to their local communities by sharing resources and services with the community as well as students and faculty. For school libraries, PA Forward will reinforce what experience tells us – that students in schools with strong libraries learn more, get better grades, and achieve higher test scores than their peers without libraries.

For public libraries, PA Forward will position them as essential to a growing customer base of private and municipal organizations and individuals. It will also position them as high-quality early learning providers that ultimately save taxpayer dollars otherwise needed for remedial programs.

If you are interested in learning more, you can go to the PA Forward website at http://www.paforward.org/ for more information.

Five Literacies Graphic (Colour)

PA Forward Logo (Colour)

Irish Dancers

We are pleased to announce that the Irish Dancers from the Whipple Performing Arts Studio in Tunkhannock this Saturday, March 19th at 2 p.m.


Photos by Amy Girven

Please come join us and enjoy the amazing talent of these wonderful young ladies.

Warning: Library Email Hacked

Last night around 7:15 we noticed that the library’s email had been hacked and multiple emails had been sent out.

We sent NO emails from 5 p.m. last night, March 9th through 7 a.m. this morning, March 10th.

Please DO NOT open any emails you may have received from the library during that time frame.

We have changed our email password to tighten the security of our account.

Sorry for any inconvenience

2nd Annual BCLS Spelling Bee

It’s that time again…..

2016 Spelling Bee Flyer

 

 Registration for the 2nd Annual Bradford County Library System Spelling Bee is open Monday, March 14th through Friday, March 18th at your local library. Word lists will be provided to study upon registration. There will be 3 age brackets for competition: 10-14, 15-18 and 19 & up.

Preliminary Competitions will be held Saturday, April 2 at your local library.

Winners will then advance to the Final Competition, which will be held Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at the Towanda American Legion.

Prizes will be given at the finale to the 1st place winner and the 2nd place winner in each group.

First place prize is a Kindle and second place prize is an Amazon gift card.

Busy, Busy, Busy

It’s a busy time here at the library and there are a lot of events upcoming. Here’s a quick look at what we’ve got going on….. For more information, check out the main page of our website, our Facebook page or contact the library.

Thursday, March 10th: We will be having our monthly meeting of the Board of Directors at 4 p.m. All are welcome

Friday, March 11th: Preschool Story Class is back and after missing last Friday due to the 2 hour delay for school, this week we will be combining our planned activities for E,F,G,H and St. Patrick’s Day. Story class starts at 10 a.m.

Saturday, March 12th: BINGO at 1 p.m. at the Wyalusing American Legion. Cards are $0.25 each – come on out and join us for a few hours of fun.

Monday, March 14th: Registration opens for the 2nd Annual Bradford County Library System (BCLS) Spelling Bee. Registration will continue through Friday, March 18th. There are 3 age brackets: 10-14, 15-18 and 19 & up. Preliminary Competitions will be held Saturday, April 2nd at each local library and the Final Competition will be held Saturday, April 16th at 2 p.m., at the Towanda American Legion. Contestants will be provided a list of words to study upon registration.

 

Easter Raffle

Please stop by the library and take a chance on this piece of original artwork by Theresia Ruback, that was donated to the library to be raffled off.

Local craftsman Don Johnson made a custom frame for the piece, which shows off the artwork beautifully.

Tickets are $2 each, or 3 for $5.

Drawing will be held Friday, March 25.

Easter Raffle

BINGO!!!

Just a reminder, we are holding Bingo tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 27th at the Wyalusing American Legion from 1 to 3 p.m.

Come out and join us for a couple hours of fun. Only $0.25 a card.

A Hope 4 Lyme

We will be hosting a Lyme Disease Awareness Program, given by Valley resident Dave Thomas, called A Hope 4 Lyme on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required for the program, and you can register by calling the Wyalusing Public Library at (570) 746-1711, emailing us at wyalusingpl@gmail.com or by stopping by in person. Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 30.

This program is free of charge, however donations would be appreciated towards Mr. Thomas’ travel expenses.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events:

February

Saturday, Feb. 13 – Bingo at the American Legion  1 – 3 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20 – Gadget Club (ages 10 & up)  9 – 11 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 20 – Genealogy Group  11 a.m.

March

Saturday, March 12 – Bingo at the American Legion  1 – 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 19 – Gadget Club (ages 10 & up)  9 – 11 a.m.

Saturday, March 19 – Sign up to receive  electronic royalty statements  11 a.m.

Sunday, March 20 – Trivia at the American Legion  2 p.m.

Saturday, March 26 – Bingo at the American Legion  1 – 3 p.m.

Computer Classes

Please note that Computer Classes with Professor John will be moving to Friday afternoons starting Friday, Feb. 19. Professor John will still be here from 1 to 7 p.m. to answer questions.

Adult Book Club:

The February book selection is now in and available –

A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman.

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Discussion of this month’s book, as well as January’s book, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24th from 6 to 7 p.m. here at the library. Come on in and join in the discussion.

Bingo…..

Good morning…. Looking for something fun to do on this bitterly cold winter day? Come on out to the Wyalusing American Legion an join us for some Bingo fun at 1:00. It’s fun for all ages and it’s only $0.25 a card.