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.”
Remember the good old days, when adult education was available at the local high school? It was so nice to select from a class list and learn something new! It seems nowadays, we are on our own when it comes to learning new skills. You might hear, “Oh just go on Youtube” when you ask your peers about how to learn Photoshop or Excel. But that doesn’t work for all of us. Well, fear not, the library has got you covered.
We now offer Lynda.com, free online classes. Learn Excel or Adobe Illustrator. Take a course on business writing or small business management. Not ready for that level? For those looking for something a bit lighter, there are even courses on cartoon drawing and comic book lettering! Visit our website for more information! Happy learning!
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!
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!
- Go to catalog.oslri.net
- Enter Diary of a Wimpy Kid in the search field.
- Click on the title for the record.
- Scroll down for more detailed information and look for series.
- You should now see the title series with the corresponding number.
- If you click on it, it will bring up a list of the series we have available in our system.
- Click on the number you are looking for and it will bring up the title!
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!
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
Are you on our website and cannot seem to find what you are looking for? Did you know there is a faster way to find items other than going through the menus?
While on our website http://rogersfreelibrary.org, keep your eye on the right side of the site and scroll down a bit. Right under our social media buttons you will see a search bar. Type in a word or two (less is more) and the site will direct your search. For example, if you wish to see the Bristol High School yearbooks, simply type yearbooks. That will bring you to our Special Collections page. Click on the link and you will see the yearbooks archive.
Here is what the search bar looks like: