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  • Summer Craft – Flowerpots from Recycled Food Containers

    This is a simple craft you can try this summer with a minimal amount of materials to purchase. You will need:

    • Clean and dry food containers (large yogurt containers, plastic ice cream buckets, etc…)
    • Washi tape or colorful duct tape
    • Markers or other decorating materials such as foam stickers
    • Kid scissors

    Decorate the container. Washi and duct tape could be cut into shapes. Foam stickers also work well.

    Punch holes in the bottom of the decorated container and use as a flowerpot, or it can be used for organization.

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  • Summer Reading Program

    If you’ve visited Shaker Library recently, you can see that our Summer Reading Programs – for preschool, school age, teens, and adults – are in full swing!

    In designing this year’s summer reading program, our staff studied trends in summer reading programs. A number of blog posts by other youth services librarians (Tiny Tips for Library Fun, Abby the Librarian, Hafuboti, Library Bonanza) discuss the transition from frequent prizes to programs that offer fewer prizes with a collaborative project. We wanted to create a program that encouraged students to focus more on the intrinsic benefits of reading and less on the extrinsic value of prizes. Additionally, we wanted to avoid giving prizes that might likely become clutter and trash.

    We want our children to be proud of their reading accomplishments so we chose to offer beads and “brag” tags as rewards this summer. When they register, school-age readers are given a necklace and one bead. Throughout the summer they can earn a bead for every hour they read, plus “brag tags” for the 20-, 30-, and 100-hour benchmarks. Earning a bead for every hour of reading is a very visible encouragement for all readers. A new addition to this year’s school-age summer reading program is that each kid can also set their own goal and earn a brag tag when they reach it. We added this element because we want every reader to feel successful.

    Our preschool program is designed to encourage parents and caregivers to read to their little ones on a daily basis, with preschoolers tracking each day they read or are read to for at least 15 minutes.

    For both programs, the first “prize” readers earn is a book, which we hope will encourage more reading! Preschoolers can earn bubbles after 20 days of reading and an egg shaker after 30 days of reading, encouraging early literacy skills through play.

    If you haven’t yet signed up for summer reading, we hope to see you soon!

    Happy reading!

     

     


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  • Seeking Refuge – New Book Spotlight
     Seeking Refuge by Irene N. Watts. Tradewind Books, Vancouver, 2017.
    Based on the book Remember Me by Irene N. Watts, and illustrated by Kathryn E. Shoemaker, this graphic novel tells the story of a Jewish refugee from Germany as she is acclimating to life in Great Britain.
    Marianne is a child on the first Kindertransport, sent away by her mother to Great Britain so that she will hopefully be safe in the days leading up to the outbreak of World War II. As Marianne is shuffled from place to place, she faces anti-refugee sentiments, antisemitism, and foster families who simply are not a good fit. She struggles to master the language and adjust to the food. At the same time, she is missing and concerned for her parents while trying to find a way for them to join her in the UK.
    Shoemaker’s simple black and white illustrations convey the somber mood and the dialogue is chosen carefully and not too overwhelming. While an older elementary student or middle school student will probably pick up on more of the nuances, a mature younger student should not have much difficulty with the story.
    Seeking Refuge serves as a timely reminder of the importance of welcoming everyone and of helping refugees. Hopefully it will spark many productive conversations. Check it out at the library today.

    Local News
    Listen to Mimi Ormond’s oral history. Mimi is a neighbor from Beachwood and the author of Kindertransport: A Rescued Child. She spoke at  Bertram Woods Branch in 2016 about her book, which describes her escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the Kindertransport in the months just before World War II.

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  • Teen Topics – Summer Reading

     

    Teen Topics

    Did you know that both the Main Library and Woods Branch have copies of the Shaker Schools’ Required Reading list for high school students. We also have the books on the Suggested Reading Lists for Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12.

    Check out the catalog or give us a call for required reading or book suggestions.  You can also sign up for our Teen Reads Newsletter. Teens can sign up for our Summer Reading program where prizes include $15 Gift Cards to Barnes & Noble and a FIRE HD 8.

    The Teen Center at Shaker Library will be open from 2:00-6:00 PM Monday-Thursday this summer. We have lots of fun activities planned so come and visit!

    –Your Teen Librarian


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  • Read to a Dog
      
    At least once a month Shaker Library receives a visit from a four-legged, furry volunteer. While dog and handler make their way to the program room prepared for them with a blanket, books, and a water bowl; children cluster around to greet the dog and ask questions. Eventually the team gets settled and ready for the task at hand: listening. A child enters and begins to read. Libraries and schools across the country have discovered the benefits of inviting children to read to a dog. Dogs are comforting and listen without correcting or judging. Children gain confidence and get excited about reading. There is novelty in reading to a dog rather than a person! Long-term studies have shown marked improvement in reading skills in children who regularly read to a dog.
    Shaker Library started our Read to a Dog program over 7 years ago and the program is still very popular. All of our reading assistance dogs are certified therapy dogs with credentials from either Therapy Dogs International or Pet Partners so readers can be assured the dogs are calm and well-behaved. We are grateful for our generous volunteers, both human and canine, who visit the library so children can cuddle up with a good book and a good dog. The program is regularly offered at Main Library on the third Thursday of every month but we are planning some surprise visits this summer. Registration is required and sessions fill quickly. Register to read at the library or try reading to your dog at home. Here are some books you may want to try. Turns out it is good for the dog, as well! Sit, stay, READ!

     

     


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