Too many children are bullied. The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that one out of every four students report being bullied during the school year. That’s a depressing statistic, but it doesn’t have to be a hopeless one. Another study indicated that school-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%. That’s a huge impact and completely doable; the Stomp Out Bullying website will send information to anyone interested in starting a program at their school. Unfortunately, sixty-four percent of children who were bullied did not report the incident; it’s heart-breaking to think that children and teens aren’t asking for help. Books can be great conversation starters though and even offer suggestions on how to handle bullying. Here are some recommended picture books for elementary aged children. Adults and older children can ask a librarian to point you in the right direction for additional titles.
Summer has been mind-blowing; over 4,000 children read almost four million minutes in the library’s summer reading club! Thanks to all of that time spent exercising their brains, those children are returning to school ready to learn! Heading back frequently brings mixed emotions; for you and for them! No matter how long or short the summer has seemed, another year has passed and your children are starting on a new adventure. They’re looking forward to seeing their friends, but probably not the strictly enforced bedtimes and homework. Insert some fun by sharing these picture books to help young children get back in the school routine.
It's lunchtime, and students carrying lunch boxes and cafeteria trays begin filing into the school library and finding seats. Librarians from the school and public libraries eagerly await their arrival. Once everyone's settled, they facilitate student discussion of 16 recently published teen titles, reminding students to start with what they liked and guiding them to elaborate on any concerns, beyond simply "It was boring." After meeting, reading, and discussing for an entire semester, teens vote for their favorites. The results become each school's "Top Teen Picks" list. The public library's copies get an award sticker, and these books become the most sought-after titles on our shelves. The semester wraps up with a visit to the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, where the students continue their tradition of lunching in the library while also touring the building, answering trivia questions based on the books, and cheering for their school's winners.
We offer evening and weekend classes and events to fit even the busiest schedule!
Books Before Bedtime and Saturday Tales
Families can expect lots of fun as specially trained staff present stories, songs, and activities that lay the foundation your children need to get ready to read. Pajamas are welcome (and optional) for Books Before Bedtime. Open to all ages with a caregiver, these events are a great way for the entire family to enjoy time together! Click here to see upcoming classes.
PAWS for Reading
New or experienced readers will love the opportunity to practice their reading with the perfect listener—a Blue Gray Therapy dog! Held on Saturdays for children in grades K - 6. Click here to see upcoming classes.
Remember when no one knew what a “staycation” was? Now many of us regularly enjoy these less expensive opportunities to explore our community without the added expense of hotels and a long car ride. We are lucky to live in an area rich with history, activities and walking trails to keep us entertained, but dreaming about future explorations that might take us farther afield is fun too. Whether you hope to take a cross country train ride, travel around the world, or experience a different culture, books are another way to explore the world from the comfort of your own home.
Celebrate a summer of reading excellence at our community fests with games, activities, Popsicles, and more! Local organizations are joining the fun: hosting games and activities; perhaps bringing a truck or a bus; and sharing practical information that every family will appreciate. While you're there, be sure to get a hug from Ready Freddy, the frog mascot for the Passport to Kindergarten campaign that the library works on with our partners, Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
We know how important summer reading is to preventing summer slide so every year we strive to make it fun and exciting. Please take a moment to complete our two-question survey telling us how we did. If you have a little more time, please share any stories or feedback about your family's experience.
It takes a community to raise readers! Encouraging summer reading as preventing summer slide helps, but more is needed. Community partners are vital to a fun and successful summer reading program, and we couldn’t do it without them! We are very grateful to our partners.
Area teachers see the effects of summer slide first-hand, so they recognize the need for students to keep reading all summer long. Before the school year ends, schools invite Youth Services librarians to promote summer reading in fun and lively presentations. This partnership allows us to promote our incentive-based program to thousands of area students.
Other community partners help us make summer reading fun!
Area seventh and eighth grade teens have created the ultimate summer reading list, the Cafe Book Top Teen Picks. Each school year, students from fourteen area middle schools read from among twenty recently published young adult books and vote on their favorites. The titles they choose the most frequently are stickered and displayed in library branches, and we can’t keep them on the shelves! This year, six titles received this honor.
Your children have worked hard this school year, and I know it’s tempting to give them the summer off. Don’t succumb! Summer reading helps prevent summer slide, the preventable phenomenon that occurs when brains are underutilized for the three months of summer vacation. That doesn’t mean you should sit your children down with a different workbook every day. Research has shown that there’s a simple, fun and free option—your public library’s summer reading club!