Tip From a Librarian – How can I find just the right book to engage my child?

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.” 

Tip from the Librarian

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

Tip from the Staff!

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!

 

Tip from the Librarian

  The Ocean State Libraries Catalog can be very helpful.  When you find the book that you are looking for, scroll down to see reviews,  a summary, a bio of the author, book profile tags and reading level. The book profile tags will link you to more books like the one you have looked up.  Wow! There are even more books to read. 

  The next list is the books chosen by the same reading level, which can be very handy when searching more that the reluctant reader can just slide right into!

   Using the lookup using the Lexile score can be tricky if you are not sure of the Lexile score which is not the same as the scoring system used in the BWRSD.  So here is a link to a useful chart!

https://www.aplearning.com/images/DownloadPDFs/

Lexile-Conversion-Chart.pdf

Happy reading!

Charlotte

“In the Know”

Are you the kind of person who needs to know when the latest Patterson books are available for checkout? Do you enjoy reading the latest research on a certain subject? Perhaps you are in search of new artistic inspiration? If so, we suggest looking into our  preferred searches feature. If you sign up for preferred searches, you will receive an email at the beginning of each week, alerting you to what is new! Here is how you get started:

1. Visit our catalog and sign in.
2. Now type in something you frequently search for like an author or topic. (For this example we will use the subject of knitting.)
4.Once your search appears, look to the right of the page for “preferred searches.”

5.Click on the button. That’s it! All done!

 

What’s Next in the Series?

Do you love reading books that are part of a series? It seems like a lot of fiction is published in series, especially for teens and children. But sometimes, it is really hard to figure out which book is next! There is a way to find out using our card catalog!

Here is a scenario you are probably familiar with. Your child begs you to run to the library and pick up the fourth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. But they all have the same title, just a different subtitle. Here is how you can find the information!

  1. Go to catalog.oslri.net
  2. Enter Diary of a Wimpy Kid in the search field.
  3. Click on the title for the record.
  4. Scroll down for more detailed information and look for series.
  5. You should now see the title series with the corresponding number.
  6. If you click on it, it will bring up a list of the series we have available in our system.
  7. Click on the number you are looking for and it will bring up the title!

Tip from the Staff

There is nothing worse than waiting a week for a good book, coming here to pick it up, only to find you accidentally ordered the movie or cliff notes. Let us help you with that. When you are searching our catalog for say, Where the Crawdads Sing, you may find yourself with a long list of items to choose from. The fastest way to work with this list is to filter it by type using the bar on the top right of the search:

You can filter your search by adult, children, teen, magazines, large print, graphic novel or even by library branch!

If that doesn’t work for you, each list has an icon directly to the left of the item. Look carefully at each icon:

Each icon is clearly labeled, which is a great help!

We hope this helps you master the art of searching the catalog!

-Kristin

 

 

 

TIP from the Staff

Do you love magazines? Can’t resist the glossy covers? Me neither! But they can pile up in the home, take up lots of space and chances are their content will be obsolete quickly. Not to mention the cost!  Yikes!

I will let you in on a little secret. We have over one hundred magazine subscriptions for adults, teens and children. Children can enjoy magazines like Highlights or National Geographic Wild. Teens might like Make or ESPN. Our largest collection though, is for adults. We have a nice variety of magazines on topics like current events, wellness, fashion, home decor, gardening, cooking, crocheting, sports and more! My favorites are HGTV and Real Simple. With your library card, you are allowed unlimited checkouts. Magazines check out for one week and we allow two renewals. Enjoy our magazines for a full three weeks! -Kristin

What Is a Screenager?

What is a Screenager?

At present the traditional term “teenager” is been replaced by “screenager”. A screenager is a person in his/her teenage years and early 20’s who has an aptitude for computers and spends much time on the Internet.

 

What Happens to Screenagers?

The usage of smartphones has increased rapidly in recent years, and this has brought about an addiction. This addiction is related to sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, performance at school, and social issues. 
Research by Kadi̇r Demi̇rci̇, Mehmet Akgönül, and Abdullah Akpinar states that depression, anxiety, and poor sleep quality may be associated with smartphone overuse. Such overuse may lead to depression and/or anxiety, which can in turn result in sleep problems. University students with high depression and anxiety scores should be carefully monitored for smartphone addiction.

 

How Can You Protect Your Child?

  • Set limits on screen time
  • Block access to apps
  • Organize apps into groups and set rules
  • Set recurring device schedule
  • Block adult content

 

Screen Time Parental Control

  • Set bedtime and school time restrictions for specific apps
  • Set limits on screen time
  • Pause a device or give Bonus time
  • Block all apps at lights out
  • Block specific apps

 

For Further Information, You Can Read These Articles

As researched by Demi̇rci̇, Kadi̇r; Akgönül, Mehmet; Akpinar, Abdullah; Journal of Behavioral Addictions, Vol 4(2), June 2015 pp. 85-92. Publisher: Akadémiai Kiadó; [Journal Article]

 

A big thanks to our staff member and mom of two, Aradhana for compiling this information!

Opt Into Preferred Searches

Are you the kind of person who needs to know when the latest Patterson books are available for checkout? Do you enjoy reading the latest research on a certain subject? Perhaps you are in search of new artistic inspiration? If so, we suggest looking into our  preferred searches feature. If you sign up for preferred searches, you will receive an email at the beginning of each week, alerting you to what is new! Here is how you get started:

  1. Visit our catalog web page.
  2. Be sure to log in with your library card number and pin.
  3. Search for anything you’d like – author, subject matter etc.
  4. Once the list displays,  notice a button for save as preferred searches.
  5. Click on that button and the subject (or author) is now part of your preferred searches. The following week you should start receiving emails!