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Reading to Rosie pictures

June 23, 2009

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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.)

Winter Reading Program

December 13, 2007

Snow on Book Sculpture

Hey, kids, it’s time to “chill out” at the library with a GREAT book!  Winter Reading fun starts January 2 at the Muncie Public Library!  Sign up at Maring-Hunt, Carnegie, or Conley public library and get a reading log to keep track of the fun reading you do. You can even read magazines and listen to books on tape! 

Be sure to bring your reading log to the library every week to earn cool prizes like treasures from the treasure chest, or free book and food coupons. Make it to the halfway level and you are eligible for a $30 Toys R Us gift certificate drawing. Finish all the reading levels and you will receive a chance to enter the end of program drawing for a $50 Wal-Mart gift certificate!

Plus, when you check out 5 books and/or attend a winter reading program you will be eligible for a drawing for a $25 Books-a-Million gift certificate!

Check out the special Winter Reading Programs for make-and-take crafts, afternoon movies, Read and Feed and MORE fabulous story times for preschoolers and kids. 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!

Melt into the library and have fun! If you liked summer reading, you’ll love Winter Reading! Brrrrrr!

For more information, visit any Youth Services Desk at Muncie Public Library. Last day to sign up for Winter Reading is February 15, 2008. Last day to pick up prizes is March 7, 2008

Youth Services Contact Number: Maring-Hunt 741.5151, Conley 747.8216, Carnegie 741.5158

*If you are in 6th, 7th, or 8th grades check out the drawing prizes below to see what is available for you!

 Your choice of Drawing Prizes will include:

  • That MP3 Player you never got for Christmas
  • A Flash Drive
  • Downloadable iTunes

You will receive additional drawing entries by:

  • Reaching a reading level  
  • Checking out five books 
  • Attending a program.

When you reach the top level, enjoy a personal pan pizza from Papa John’s.

Last day to sign up: February 15, 2008. Last day to pick up prizes: March 7, 2008.

Snow is Falling, Books are Calling is for kids preschool through 8th grade. The middle school program is for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. For more information call 741.5151 or check out our website.

Be sure to visit us at Maring-Hunt, Carnegie or Conley locations starting January 2, 2008 to sign up and get all the details.

*Hey parents, want to see some facts about reading?

Special Christmas Reading Program for Kids

November 30, 2007

musical notes and staffReading Music, Reading Words is a hands-on story time for children ages 3 to 5 involving books, stories, activities, and an opportunity for children to experience percussion instruments. Reading Music, Reading Words began at Muncie Public Library in 2003 with the initiative of musical professionals and educators from Ball State University. The program has continued with youth services staff at both Carnegie and Maring-Hunt over the years.

Language and concepts paired with rhythm is not only fun, but helps children develop reading readiness.* Studies demonstrate that music affects many aspects of a child’s learning. Children who frequently listen to and interact with music have better math skills, better language skills and better problem-solving skills than most. Plus, children love music!  Come join the fun and help your child learn how to make books and stories come alive with music! If you have never experienced how music can help children read, visit us during this special Christmas program, December 12, 2007 at Carnegie, 10:15 am in the meeting room. Call  765.741.5158 for more information, or register here.

* “Children who lack reading readiness at school entry have a harder time learning to read in the primary grades. This has been found in prediction studies since 1950.” [From Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children by the National Research Council]

Just in time for the Holidays!

November 21, 2007


 (original image from Mike Otto at

Need some extra reading material to keep your brain busy during this Holiday season? We’ve found some free eBook resources for you to check out:

eBooks with no downloads

a small collection of downloadable Sci Fi novels

the first producer of free eBooks

eBooks for a PDA, iPod or eBook reader

PDF eBooks

online literature resource

philosopher’s classics

collection of public domain documents including American and English literature and Western philosophy

eBooks and other resources from the Internet Public Library

For more ebooks and other eResources check out MPL’s eResource page!


Children’s Book Week November 12-18, 2007

November 7, 2007

Friends share the Grinch          Puppet Play          Young Reader with The Owl and the Moon    Kids with Mr. Wiggle toy  Friends reading the Grinch  Friends sharing the Grinch Austin checks out a big book  Book Week  Readers Theatre at the Library

Join us for these fun activities to celebrate this annual event!

  • Children pre-school – 5th grade, check out a book between November 12th and November 18th and enter your name in the drawing to win a prize.*  (One entry per day, please)

  • Storybook Scavenger Hunt: Visit Maring-Hunt Children’s Room to find famous book characters and receive a treat. 

  • Storybook Coloring Showcase: Visit the library and color a famous book character.  Coloring pages can be displayed in the library or taken home.* 

  • Drop-in crafts:  Drop in @ Maring-Hunt Library and join us for some fun crafts

*Excluding Kennedy @ Riley

Captain Underpants Party! On Thursday, November 15th, from 4-5:30, Maring-Hunt is having a Captain Underpants party for children in grades 1-5. Come join us, and enjoy a great book, fun crafts and exciting activities! Call to register at 765.741.5151, or go here.

Dav Pilkey is the author of the Captain Underpants series and other books. Check out more of his books from MPL!


Children’s Book Week Poster



Fall Into Reading

September 19, 2007


Fall into Reading on October 20 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Maring-Hunt Library!

Sign up for your library card, check out great books, enjoy popcorn and other treats and plenty of craft activities. There will be storytelling, facepainting and guessing contests. The fun is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Everyone of all ages is invited! (Be sure to check out the Friends of Muncie Public Library Book Sale that will also be going on that day!)

Other Fall Festivities