The Crown Point Community Library announces the launch of a fun and exciting reading program for children ages 0-5 years – 1,000 Books before Kindergarten! The program was developed to increase awareness of the importance of reading to very young children as well as to inspire parents to embrace their role as their child’s first teacher.
The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. The 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program encourages families to read at least 1,000 books to their preschooler, birth to age 5, before they enter school. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 book sin three years. IF you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you think.
Families can sign up beginning September 1 at the Crown Point and Winfield Branch libraries. Each child will receive a reading log to record the books they read, and a free book, compliments of the Friends of the Crown Point Library. Each time a goal of recording 100 books is reached, children are encouraged to bring their log to the library to receive the next reading log and receive a special reward!
The program is a fun, exciting, and free way to start your child on the path to success! Any child ages birth to five years can participate. Just follow these steps:
- Register: Sign up at the Crown Point or Winfield Branch library. Pick up program materials at either library branch.
- Track Your Reading: Fill in a square for each book you read with your child on your reading record. You can also download the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten app for iPhones or Androids.
- Every Book Counts: Even if your child wants to hear the same book again and again, you can count it each time. You can also count the books your child hears in storytime, in daycare or preschool, or with a friend or family member, as long as your child listens to the entire book.
- 100-Book Milestones: Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading record to the library to receive a special reward.
- 1,000 Books: You did it! Come celebrate at the library, get your final sticker, reading certificate and prize.
- Keep on Reading: Don’t stop at 1,000! Keep on reading together; there’s more learning ahead!
For more information contact the Children’s Library at 219-306-8068.
The Crown Point Library now offers the Mango Languages online language-learning system to its patrons! Mango can be accessed for free by :
- going to www.crownpointlibrary.org,
- clicking on the Research tab,
- and then choosing Database List.
This exciting new resource is available in the library (using headphones!), and remotely, for library card holders, from home and on mobile devices. Mobile apps may be downloaded from the Google Play store for Android devices and Apple App store. Apps for Kindle and Nook are also available.
Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses.
For more information please visit the Reference Department or call (219) 306-4593.
The Crown Point Community Library is pleased to announce it has received a $76,338 grant from the Crown Point Community Foundation. The Foundation introduced the “BIG IDEA, BIG IMPACT” grant opportunity to non-profit organizations in January 2016. The goal of the BIG IDEA Grant was to give local non-profit organizations the opportunity to DREAM BIG about how their organizations could significantly impact the local community. The funds provided by the Foundation’s grant will allow the library to expand literacy and library outreach services to the Crown Point and Winfield Township communities.
“The Library is thrilled to be able to extend its outreach further into the community as a result of receiving this generous grant award from the Crown Point Community Foundation. The Library looks forward to implementing our BIG IDEAS in order to serve the community in a bigger way.” said Julie Wendorf, Adult Programming and Outreach Librarian.
The Library’s BIG IDEA, funded by the grant, is both a partnership and collaborative effort in the community consisting of three compatible outreach activities that support literacy and increase library access for people of all ages:
• Outreach to Literacy organizations – The Conlon Community Literacy Center (CCLC)
The Crown Point Library will repurpose the James C. Conlon Periodical Room in the Crown Point location. The new space will house the Crown Point Adult Learning Center and their activities, as well as provide space (free of charge) to other literacy based organizations and providers. The magazines and newspapers will be relocated to another area without negative impact to patron services.
• Outreach to the Community and Under served Populations – The Mobile Library
The library will purchase a customized van with promotional vinyl wrap featuring the library’s image, motto and website. This van will function as a mobile library, and will be equipped to market and deliver library materials and services to the community. A “Library In A Box” program will be introduced to participant locations, as requested, focused on serving local senior center/living facilities and daycare/preschools. The Mobile Library will also be used to capitalize upon outreach efforts at local community events and allow us to provide mobile circulation and registrations of new library patrons.
• Connecting Communities: Library Courier Services
The Library van will provide transportation of materials between the main library location and its branch and creates delivery service that optimizes the use of library materials. The highly decorated van will highlight the library’s presence within the community and provide optimized advertising and marketing of the Library, while improving services between the two communities of the library district.
TEEN VOLUNTEER Call Out!
Teen volunteer applications for the 2016-2017 school year are available at the Children’s Library or online at http://crownpointlibrary.org/teens/.
• Volunteers must be in grades 7-12.
• Work one hour per week from October 10-May 26.
Applications are due to the Children’s Library desk by August 31. For more information please Call 306-8068.
Do you like to color? Today is National Coloring Book Day. Stop by and help color the giant coloring sheet located in the lobby at the Crown Point Library and the Winfield Branch.