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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!

Preschool Storytime Schedule

December 14, 2007

Storytimes @ Maring-Hunt:

Jumpstart Reading Storytime
Wednesdays at 9:30 am
Children 18-36 months
Preschool Storytime
Fridays at 10:30 am
Children 3-5 years
Gingerbread Babies
1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Infants 4-18 months
Lapsit program: preregistration required

Call 765.741.5150 to register!

Storytimes @Kennedy:

Jumpstart Reading Storytime
Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Children 18-36 months
Reading Music, Reading Words
Wednesdays at 10:30am
Children 3-5 years

Call 765.741.7333 to register!

Reading Facts

December 13, 2007

Family reading time   Did you know… 

  • Reading to your child in the early years encourages closeness between you and your child and promotes a larger vocabulary. Research shows that children with larger vocabularies have higher school achievement! (Information from Duke, Neil and Annie Moses. 10 Research-Tested Ways to Build Children’s Vocabulary, Scholastic Professional Paper. Scholastic, 2003.)
  • Knowledge of alphabet letters at entry into kindergarten is a strong predictor of reading ability in the 10th grade! (Information from Ehri, L. & McCormick, S. Phases of word learning: Implications for instruction with delayed and disabled readers. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 14, 135-163-1998.)
  • By the time children reach age three, their brains are twice as active as those of adults. Activity levels drop during adolescence. (Information from Shore, Rima. Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development from NY: Families and Work Institute, 1997.)

Children’s Christmas Craft booklist

November 30, 2007

Christmas StockingAngelina Ballerina’s Christmas Crafts by Katharine Holabird. Countdown to Christmas with Angelina and brighten up the holidays with 26 easy and fun crafts.

Christmas by Denny A. Robson. Examines traditional Christmas activities, discussing tree ornaments, holiday cards, gift wrap, bows, Advent calendars, and Nativity scenes.

Christmas Crafts by American Girl. Presents a variety of Christmas decorations, recipes, wrapping ideas, and gift suggestions.

Paper Christmas TreeChristmas Crafts by Fay Robinson. Provides information about the origin and customs of Christmas, ideas for celebrating this holiday, and directions for making such crafts as a stained-glass window, jiggling elves, and fuzzy candy canes.

Christmas Crafts by Judy Ann Sadler. Presents directions for creating a variety of Christmas decorations from around the world, including Irish candles, French “stained glass,” Japanese origami ornaments, Roman wreaths and Danish woven baskets.

Christmas Crafts: Merry Things to Make by Colleen Van Blaricom. Fun holiday projects which can be made with simple items, such as egg cartons and pipe cleaners!

SnowmanChristmas Crafts: Things to Make the 24 Days Before Christmas by Carolyn Meyer. Contains instructions for making special decorations, foods and gifts for each day of Advent.

Christmas Fun by Deri Robins & Maggie Downer. Great things to make and do.

Things to Make and Do for Christmas by Ellen Weiss. Christmas projects include directions for making cards, games,  decorations and things to eat.

We Celebrate Christmas by Bobbie Kalman. Describes the origins of Christmas celebrations and traditions and how they differ throughout the world. Includes games, crafts, songs, customs and interesting facts from various countries.