Category - Books

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World Read Aloud Day – February 5, 2020
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Little Free Libraries – 8 Fun Ideas to Try
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Meet “Shelly Bean, The Sports Queen” — Book Review

World Read Aloud Day – February 5, 2020

World Read Aloud Day was February 5, 2020! Stay tuned for 2021 information. We’ll post it as it comes in. In the meantime, every day can be read aloud day in your own home!

Why is reading aloud important? A 2015 study (PDF) found that children are exposed to a larger vocabulary from picture books read aloud than from conversations with adults. This is because we tend to speak with the same 5000 most popular words; while books — even picture books — are more likely to use words outside that popular 5000. Sometimes reading aloud can be easier said than done, but we have some resources to make it easier – even on the difficult days.

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Little Free Libraries – 8 Fun Ideas to Try

Anyone who is a fan of the concept of Little Free Libraries, also knows the downside of uncurated collections. Sometimes they are empty, sometimes they are full of library rejects, and sometimes they just have inappropriate materials in them (am I the only one to find a rotten banana?). Rather than give up, we have ideas to make your visits more fun.

Love exploring Little Free Libraries? Here are some ideas for adding to the fun.

Little Free Library near Gammelgarden Museum

Regular maintenance helps build better boxes. For a couple of years after a Little Free Library was installed at the park by my house, I would stop on my daily walk to make sure it was properly stocked and neat – filling it from my family’s book collection when it was empty. This paid off. People started to visit more often as they noticed it was well-maintained. It has been full of good kids books for over a year now. I rarely have to do more than straighten the books on the shelf anymore. In fact, I have so many books to get rid of, I may need to find a new box to adopt.

Here are some other ways to add a little fun to a box near you.

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