What’s happening at the library????

Please note: there will be NO Boredom Buster this Wednesday, July 20th……

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Come on over to the library’s basement Thursday evening at 6 p.m. for a Didgeridoo Down Under program put on by Raihan Alam. Alam has been a DDU “edu-trainer” since 2008, and has performed at schools, libraries and venues throughout the U.S. He is committed to fostering appreciation for cultural diversity, empathy and cooperation, and is grateful to be here with you today.

You can preview their program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O09H8eQRfrM#action=share

DDU flyer (front)

After this program, there is only 1 Thursday night program remaining, next Thursday where we will be bringing in race cars and dirt bikes for the kids to check out. This will be held over in the PS Bank / Post Office parking lot at 6 p.m.

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Time is running out, so be sure to bring in your reading logs in order to get credit, pick a prize and put your name in for the end of summer drawing…..

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 Please join us Calling all kids entering Kindergarten this fall, week 3 of Play K is this Saturday, July 23 at 9 a.m. This program is ONLY for children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2016.

Play K pic

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Summer Reading

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Summer Reading: Required summer reading books are available here to read. Each book or audio book may be checked out for 2 weeks and may NOT be renewed. We do have multiple titles of some of the books, reserves may be placed on the titles.

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Don’t forget that we are holding a Community Summer Reading Challenge for all ages. The challenge is: Read ten library books that match the criteria on our reading challenge list  between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2016.  Hardcopy books, e-books, and audiobooks all count.

Complete the challenge by Sept. 6 and you can enter your name in a drawing for a free book sponsorship – your name on the dedication plate of a new library book and you get to be the first to check it out of the library. Challenge forms are available at the library.

community reading challenge 2016 form

Programs, programs and more programs……

We have a lot of fun programs coming up, starting tomorrow night with our Bicycle Rodeo / Safety program at 6 p.m. in the PS Bank / Post Office parking lot. Bradford County Sheriff Deputy Brian Weibert will be putting on this wonderful program as part of our Summer Reading programming, sponsored by Southwestern Energy (SWN). This program is free and open to all ages.

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Friday morning, Preschool Story Class is back at 10 a.m. Miss Flora and Miss Amy have a fun hour planned including free play, stories, dancing, a craft and of course, a snack. Come on in and join in on the fun!!!

Saturday, July 9, our new Play K program starts up for children entering Kindergarten this fall. Play K is a 6 week, interactive program ONLY for kids entering Kindergarten.

Play K pic

Program schedule for next week, June 27 through July 1:

Monday: Preschool Boredom Busters 10-11 a.m., Tween & Teens art with Ruth 5 – ?

Wednesday: grades 1 – 4 Boredom Busters 10-11 a.m. – ish….,

Thursday night family program – Dancing 6 p.m.

Please note: there is NO Gadget Club or Computer class on Wednesday, and there is NO Story Class Friday, July 1.

Thursday night family program

****FREE**** Calling all families – this Thursday night Bright Star Touring Theatre will be here at the Wyalusing Public Library presenting the National Touring Production of “The Greatest: Sports Heroes A to Z”. This program starts at 6 p.m. ****FREE****

 

The Greatest: Sports Heroes A to Z – This exciting, energetic production celebrates some of the greatest sports heroes of all time! Young audiences will be introduced to a ton of amazing athletes including Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Peyton Manning, Jackie Robinson and many more! This fun and engaging review of the world’s greatest sports heroes includes fun facts about each hero, important life lessons such as failures and successes, health, wellness, integrity and teamwork. Your young audience will be cheering for more by the end of this adventure!

 

The Greatest: Sports Heroes A to Z is best appreciated by audiences in grades Pre-K and higher.

 

Bright Star Touring Theatre, is a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC, is visiting the area with a public performance of their acclaimed show The Greatest: Sports Heroes A to Z.

Financial Literacy

Let’s discuss and take a look at Financial Literacy and a few reasons it is a priority to PA Forward:

Forty-one percent of U.S. adults give themselves a grade of C, D, or F on their knowledge of personal finance.

One in four adults does not pay bills on time. One in three has no savings and does not save any portion of household income for retirement.

Thousands of Pennsylvanians contact the Attorney General’s office each year about credit card charges, finance scams, and misleading solicitations.

Want to know more? Check out PA Forward’s Financial Literacy page at http://www.paforward.org/home/financialliteracy.aspx

While we are discussing financial literacy, do you have questions or concerns about Budgeting or Saving for Retirement?

if so, we have just the program for you…..

Finance program

Updates……

Summer Reading

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Summer Reading: Required summer reading books are available here to read. Each book or audio book may be checked out for 2 weeks and may NOT be renewed. We do have multiple titles of some of the books, reserves may be placed on the titles.

As always, there is a lot going on here at the library, and a lot of stuff coming up soon. Here’s a look at what we have going on in the next couple of weeks…….

Amazing Race flyer

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have decided to postpone our Amazing Race through Wyalusing. We will be holding this fun challenge at a later date, so keep posted….

yard sale

Anyone who would like inside space to set up for the Village Value Days yard sale on Saturday, June 18th, we have spaces available down in the basement. $10 per table donation to the library required and you will be able to come in Wednesday through Friday to set up your items. You must be here to man your own table and will be required to take everything that did not sell back home with you at the end of the day. Please contact the library at 570-746-1711 to reserve a table or for more information.

School is out!!! Now what are you going to do with all that free time and the kids saying “I’m bored…..”

Well, to help you out with that, the library is offering many cool programs for 6 weeks, beginning June 20. Look on our web site (wyalusinglibrary.org) or stop in for a schedule.

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Also, don’t forget that we are holding a Community Summer Reading Challenge for all ages. The challenge is: Read ten library books that match the criteria on our reading challenge list  between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2016.  Hardcopy books, e-books, and audiobooks all count.

Complete the challenge by Sept. 6 and you can enter your name in a drawing for a free book sponsorship – your name on the dedication plate of a new library book and you get to be the first to check it out of the library. Challenge forms are available at the library.

community reading challenge 2016 form

Play K

Do you have, or know of a child, who will be entering Kindergarten this coming August? If so, this is for you……

Play K pic

we will be holding a 6 week interactive program for kids entering Kindergarten ONLY on Saturday mornings, between July 9th and August 13th.

The Play K curriculum consists of materials and activities for six different playscapes, or “play and learn centers”. Each playscape is designed around an early childhood theme, or topic, to explore. A big idea, together with one or more essential questions, provide focus for the learning experiences.

Playscapes  we will be using include: All Aboard!, A Home for Me and A Home for You, Let’s Go Shopping, All Around Town, Amazing Animals: Pets, My Colorful World.

Library Happenings……

As always, there is a lot going on here at the library, and a lot of stuff coming up soon. Here’s a look at what we have going on in the next couple of weeks…….

soccer

There will be one final youth soccer signup this Saturday, June 4th, here at the library from 9am to 12. Any players who register after the June 4th date will be at the “late fee” rate of $50. 

Amazing Race flyer

Join us for the 1st Annual Amazing Rams Race. All proceeds will benefit the library. Teams will race around Wyalusing solving clues and challenges. Cost is $25 for 2 person team and $5.00 for each additional team member.

Teams may consist of 4 total members. Sign ups and payment should be made in person at the Wyalusing Library before June 6. Cash or checks only.

yard sale

Anyone who would like inside space to set up for the Village Value Days yard sale on Saturday, June 18th, we have spaces available down in the basement. $10 per table donation to the library required and you will be able to come in Wednesday through Friday to set up your items. You must be here to man your own table and will be required to take everything that did not sell back home with you at the end of the day. Please contact the library at 570-746-1711 to reserve a table or for more information.

 

School is out tomorrow!! Now what are you going to do with all that free time and the kids saying “I’m bored…..”

Well, to help you out with that, the library is offering many cool programs for 6 weeks, beginning June 20. Look on our web site (wyalusinglibrary.org) or stop in for a schedule.

Summer Reading: Required summer reading books are available here to read. Each book or audio book may be checked out for 2 weeks and may NOT be renewed. We do have multiple titles of some of the books, reserves may be placed on the titles.

Exciting events…….

Wow, where to start….. We have a lot of new, fun programs coming up soon for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a list of what events we have coming up…..

For starters we will be holding a Community Summer Reading Challenge for all ages. The challenge is: Read ten library books that match the criteria on our reading challenge list  between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2016.  Hardcopy books, e-books, and audiobooks all count.

Complete the challenge by Sept. 6 and you can enter your name in a drawing for a free book sponsorship – your name on the dedication plate of a new library book and you get to be the first to check it out of the library. Challenge forms are available at the library.

community reading challenge 2016 form

“Amazing Race”

We are excited to announce that the Wyalusing Public Library’s ever first “Amazing Race” will be held on Sunday June 12, starting at 1pm at the library.

Teams of up to 4 people, $25 for the first two team member…$5 each for each additional team member, will race around the town of Wyalusing stopping at various participating businesses and solve clues to the next location.

Please stop into the library by June 6 to sign up your team, payment is accepted at this time. Tell all of your friends and lets have some fun for a great cause.

Amazing Race flyer

Summer Reading

The schedule is now set and available for our summer programming. Once again we will be holding “boredom busters” for preschool through 1st grade on Monday mornings, teens in 5th & up on Monday nights and 2nd through 4th on Wednesday mornings along with Family programs on Thursday nights as well as Preschool Story Class on Friday mornings. The schedule is below, and printed copies are available to be picked up at the library.

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Play K

Do you have, or know of a child, who will be entering Kindergarten this coming August? If so, this is for you……

Play K pic

we will be holding a 6 week interactive program for kids entering Kindergarten ONLY on Saturday mornings, between July 9th and August 13th.

The Play K curriculum consists of materials and activities for six different playscapes, or “play and learn centers”. Each playscape is designed around an early childhood theme, or topic, to explore. A big idea, together with one or more essential questions, provide focus for the learning experiences.

Playscapes  we will be using include: All Aboard!, A Home for Me and A Home for You, Let’s Go Shopping, All Around Town, Amazing Animals: Pets, My Colorful World.

PA Forward: Civic and Social Literacy

Civic-Social Literacy Solo

 Continuing our discussion of PA Fwd’s 5 literacies is Civic and Social Literacy.

PA Fwd envisions a Pennsylvania where citizens have the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives, to participate and contribute effectively to their communities, and to connect with one another through discourse.

Did you know??????
– Eighty-four percent of proficient adult readers voted in the 2000 presidential election, compared with 53% of below-basic readers.
– Less than half of all Americans can name all three branches of government.
– Good readers make good citizens. Regular readers are more than twice as likely as non-readers to volunteer or do charity work.

For more information about Civic and Social Literacy, check out PA Fwd’s webpage at: http://www.paforward.org/…/civicandsociallit…/rationale.aspx

Some examples of how we leverage technology to create learning opportunities for Pennsylvanians of all ages include:

  • Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, videos, etc. that reflect society’s historic and contemporary issues and topics of interest to communities and individuals
  • Databases that support inquiry into historic and contemporary topics and issues
  • Online language tutorials
  • AskHerePA online, live question and answer services staffed by information professionals
  • Digital archives of state and local history
  • Broadband Internet access and rapid delivery of materials from remote locations

Busy, busy, busy

It’s going to be a busy week here at the library…..

Starting today, Monday, May 9th Wyalusing Area Youth Soccer will be holding sign-ups here at the library. Sign-ups will be held Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. and then again on Saturday, May 14th from 10 a.m.  until 12 noon. Registration is $30 per player and $25 for each additional sibling, payment is required at the time of registration. Age guidelines are as follows:

WAYS soccer

Wednesday, May 11th we will be hosting Tom McHugh, a certified health insurance marketplace navigator from the Advocacy Alliance, here at the Wylausing Public Library at 1:00 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. to answer any and all questions you may have about the Affordable Care Act.

The Advocacy Alliance’s priority is to make communities aware of the advantages of the Affordable Care Act, while offering and providing support to those who need assistance in determining if they are eligible for tax credits.

Professor John is back from his vacation, so he will be back at the library on Wednesday starting at 1 p.m. This means that Gadget Club will be back in session Wednesday afternoon starting at 4.

 

Changes

Professor John’s schedule is changing once again, this week computer classes and Gadget Club will be held on Wednesday, April 20th.

He will then be off the next 2 weeks. Following his vacation, computer classes and Gadget Club will continue to be on Wednesdays, effective May 11th.

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.