With all the demands and distractions in our busy lives, finding time to encourage the love of reading in our children can be a challenge. This month we introduce a short series of tips on finding the right book for your child, making time to read, and using thoughtful questions to grow a reader. Whether reading aloud to your younger child, interactively reading with an emerging reader or reading side-by-side with your older child, check out these tips for some helpful advice.
How can I find just the right book to engage my child?
- Read the book before you see the movie!
- When it’s gift-giving time, buy the first book of a series and then borrow the rest from the school and public library.
- To engage your older child, read the first chapter of a book aloud and then encourage them to finish on their own.
- Ask your child about the class author of the month and find additional books by that author
- Nonfiction reading is not only entertaining but important in developing reading strategies. It’s okay to read yet another book about dinosaurs!
- Reading is reading. Magazines, comics, and the increasingly popular graphic novels all build fluency and comprehension.
- Ask for help: Your child’s teacher, librarian, public librarian and local booksellers have a wealth of knowledge about children’s literature.
- Investigate on your own: Reading Rockets is a great website with tips and booklists for children of all ages.
- And speaking of all ages, picture books are ageless. As my mentor Esme Raji Codell says in her book How to Get Your Child to Love Reading, “An excellent picture book can model the highest forms of narrative and visual art and also offer multicultural perspectives.”
Question: I realize the library allows a couple of renewals on books, but what if I am a slow reader? I am afraid to be late with a book. I need more time! What can I do?
Answer: Some of you may not be aware that we have a modest paperback section on the main floor. This collection is comprised of mass market books which have been donated. These items are on the honor system. They are not barcoded therefore, are not attached to your library record. We keep these so you may take your time and read at your own pace. Enjoy!
Do you have a long commute to work? Do you hate cleaning the house knowing you could be reading? Are you just obsessed with books and want to read all day long? Then audiobooks are for YOU!
Rogers Free Library offers two types of audiobooks – books on CD and digital downloads. Listen to CDs in the car, CD player, DVD player, or gaming system. Digital downloads can be played on computers, tablets, MP3 players, and smartphones! Get lost in a world of fantasy while ironing dress shirts! What could be better? For more information visit our catalog(s): catalog.oslri.net and ezone.oslri.net
Q: Do you have the local newspapers to read? If so, which ones?
A: Yes we have many newspapers that you may read in the library. We have the Bristol Phoenix, Warren and Barrington Times as well as Providence Business News and Barron’s. We also have the big five – New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, Providence and Wall Street Journals. All newspapers are located in the reading room (a.k.a the old building). You may read the newspapers anywhere in the building, but please return them to their racks. Thanks and enjoy!
Do you love puzzles? Did you receive some new puzzles for Christmas and already finished them? Feel free to bring your old puzzles here! Place them on our puzzle shelf on the main floor. Others will take them home to enjoy! Perhaps you will find a new puzzle to take home as well! While you are here, stop by our puzzle table and connect a few puzzle pieces and maybe make a new friend!
Question(s): I want to bring my laptop or tablet down to the library. Does the library have Wi-Fi? Is there a password? Do I need to be a member of the library to access it?
Answer: Yes, the library does have Wi-Fi. No password required. Our Wi-Fi is accessible on every level of the library including meeting spaces! All are welcome to access it!
Q: Can I print a shipping label from my smartphone at the library before I head over to the Post Office?
A: Yes you can! Rogers Free Library now has mobile printing! Simply download the PrinterOn app to your phone and follow the prompts to add our library. Wait for confirmation that your job has been processed then report to our printer station. Simple as that! See staff for more!