Archive for December 2008

Great Achievers Need Great Volunteers

December 16, 2008

Are you a retiree or senior citizen looking for a great volunteer opportunity? The MPL Great Achievers afterschool program needs you!

Help MPL as we provide homework and tutoring help for students in grades 1-3 who are at-risk of academic failure. Great Achievers meets at Maring-Hunt Library. Volunteers are needed Monday through Thursday from 3-5 pm. Sign up for one day a week or more. Retired teachers and aides are especially encouraged to volunteer, but anyone who enjoys working with young children can help with homework, reading and other educational activities. Your efforts will make a difference in a child’s life! Great Achievers is an afterschool program featuring curriculum based activities and has a proven record of helping students improve grades and standardized test scores.

Because volunteers will be working with young children, all volunteers must agree to a criminal background check.


Winter Reading Program

December 15, 2008

Pop Open a Good Book 
Winter Reading 2009
December 26, 2008 – February 27, 2009
For all children Birth through 8th Grade !

Hey, kids, it’s time to “chill out” at the library with a GREAT book!  Winter Reading fun starts December 26, 2008 at the Muncie Public Library!  Sign up at Maring-Hunt, Kennedy or Conley and pick up a reading log to keep track of how much time you spend reading. You can even read magazines and listen to books on tape! 

Read just 20 minutes a day to reach a prize level and earn a prize! Be sure to bring your reading log to the library every week to earn:

 Book Bucks for the Bookworm store for children.

 Special prizes and drawing prize entries for middle school students.

 Entries for gift certificates for checking out five books.

Book bags and book marks will be given to the first 500 people who sign up early. Reach the half-way point and you are eligible for the end of Winter Reading Party.

Finish all levels of the Winter Reading Program and you are eligible for a drawing:

 Kids could win a $100 Books-A-Million gift certificate!

 Middle School Students will have a chance to win a digital camera!

Special activities will include:

Star Wars Party: Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Maring-Hunt Library – (Grades K-8) 3:30-5:00 pm
Calling all you Jedi fans! Come to this galactic program and find out what your Star Wars name is. Have a blast with space age activities and Star Wars books. Try some Wookie Cookies, Jabba Juice and take a whack at the Death Star to destroy it.

Critter Junction: Thursday, January 15, 2009 Kennedy Library – (Family) 6:00 pm
Critter Junction Adventures is an exciting, live, action packed animal adventure program for all ages. Families will be thrilled and educated with our exotic critters. You never know what you will see at a Critter Junction program. Be sure to sign up and save your spot to at this exciting program!  741-7333

Wild & Wacky Popcorn Science: Thursday, January 22, 2009
Maring-Hunt Library – (Grades 2-5) 3:00-4:00 pm
How does popcorn pop? How many types of popcorn are there? Get the answers to these questions and more! Find out all about popcorn and have a poppin’ good time with books, activities and a popcorn craft! 741-5151

Pop Open a Good Book & Make a Valentine: Thursday, February 5, 2009Kennedy Library – (Grades K- 8) 3:30- 4:30 pm
Join us  for craft and reading fun! Rack up minutes to reach a reading level and earn a prize. Make a Valentine! 741-7333

Pop-In for a Good Movie – Kit Kittredge: An American Girl: Thursday, February 12, 2009
Maring-Hunt Library – (Family) 5:00-7:30 pm
Grab a friend and get to the library! Enjoy hot popcorn and a fun movie on the big screen! Best of all…it’s FREE! Check out books from the American Girls series! 741-5151

Winter Reading Program Celebration: Thursday, February 26, 2009
Kennedy Library – (Family*) 6:00-7:30Winter Reading Fans….CELEBRATE! Did you read 8 hours and reach the 4th level on your reading log? Then you’re eligible to attend the Pop Open a Good Book Blowout! Enjoy games, snacks, and fun! 741-7333 *(All Winter Readers who reach four levels, qualify to attend.)

If you don’t have a card, that’s okay! You can read at the Library! Read just 20 minutes a day to reach a prize level and earn a prize!

Education Grant Awarded to Muncie Public Library

December 11, 2008

Students in Program @ MPL

Education Grant Awarded to Muncie Public Library Will Help At-Risk Students at South View Elementary

Muncie Public Library has received a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant for its Great Achievers after school program. The program began under the CAPE initiative in 2002 and has been successful in helping students improve grades and ISTEP scores by providing homework help and curriculum support.

The grant period runs on a four y ear cycle with the capacity of providing $448,413 in grant funds over the four years. The first year will provide $134,724 in funding beginning in January and running through May 31, 2010.

The grant will allow the Library’s program to expand, providing four days of academic support for grades 1-3 compared to the current two days a week. “The grant will allow us to add music, art, physical education and field trips to an otherwise strictly curriculum based program” said Denise Gawrys, director of Great Achievers and a licensed teacher. The program will also seek to increase parental involvement, family literacy and life skill information which will be presented at monthly Family Night activities.

Virginia Nilles, Director of Muncie Public Library described the grant as, “great news and a real affirmation for this program and its proven record of success over the past seven years.” She credited the success of Great Achievers to the parents, children and Library employees who are a part of the program as well as the administration, teachers and staff of Muncie Community Schools.

The grant is part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program and is administered by the Indiana Department of Education.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is an after school initiative authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act, Title IV Part B. The program is administered in the State of Indiana by the Indiana Department of Education. Particularly targeted at students in high-poverty areas or low-performing schools, the program helps communities establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities aligned to state standards in core subjects, such as reading and mathematics.

The program’s primary purpose is to award grants, via competition, to public schools, community-based organizations, public/private organizations, faith-based organizations or a consortium of these organizations.