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.

Summer Reading flyer photo resized

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.

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.