Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bradford County Public Library will bring the whole wide world to your library!!

Clifford the Big Red Dog will visit the Library again on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Mrs. Pam Shamel from WUFT-TV Channel 5 will lead a variety of activities for preschoolers and children through grade 3 with a parent. Bring your cameras to capture your child with Clifford.

Preschoolers and children are encouraged to read and keep a reading log every day from June 1 through July 18, 2008 to earn "Library Money" to spend at the Book Store Party on Thursday, July 24, 2008 from 10:00 a. m. until 2:00 p.m.

Children who read or have someone read to them every day during this time will earn a color reading certificate. The Library Book Store will feature lots of books and other items. A free reading kit and two free Library Dollars are available at the Children's Reference Desk. Register now for the summer program.

Please help!! Bring any recyle items to the Children's Department now. Please encourage your children to make a bank or container to collect library money.
White plastic gallon milk containers, large cereal boxes, potato chip cans and other recycle items will be used to make a craft on Monday, June 30, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. for grades 4 through 8.

Please note, regular children's programming is September through April.

Library Hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8:00-8:00. Wednesday, 8:00-8:00. Friday, 9:00-5:00.

Ethel G. White
Children's Specialist
Bradford County Public Library
456 W. Pratt St.
Starke, FL 32091

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Library Card Sign-up Month

Does everyone in your family have a library card? A library card encourages children to become responsible for library materials and will also help them to become life-long readers. School age children can get a library card with a parent's signature on the registration form. Sign them up today!

Books For Everyone

Be sure your family has enough library materials for the weeks in October the library will be closed. We will close Saturday, September 29, 2007 and re-open for the Grand Opening on Friday, October 26, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. You will be able to return materials to our book drop at the new location at 456 Pratt Street in Starke.

Family Storytime is every Tuesday beginning October 30 at 10:00 a.m. Join us for Halloween stories, books, songs, poetry and crafts for pre-schoolers with a parent. Program lasts 45 minutes.

Some Halloween stories to share with your children:

"Jeoffrey's Halloween" by Mary Bryant Bailey.

After roaming through fields, woods, and streets Joeffrey the cat is glad to finally return home.

"What a Scare Jessee Bear" by Nancy White Carlstrom.

At Halloween Jessie Bear picks out a pumpkin, helps make a jack-o-lantern and has fun trick-or-treating.

Ethel G. White
Bradford County Public Library
105 E. Jackson St.
Starke, FL 32091

Monday, August 6, 2007

Summer Wrap and Back to School

255 children "Read All About It" for six weeks this summer while earning money to buy books and other items donated by Wal-Mart at our Bookstore Party.

As our new Library building is completed we will need to close tentatively in September and reopen in October 2007. Tentatively Family Storytime will begin on Tuesdays in October at 10:00 a.m. in the new Library. Additional program information to be announced.

Are your children ready for school? The Library has excellent resources to help your child do their best in school. Most of all make learning fun for your child. Try these titles to build math skills.

"The Mission of Addition" by Brian P. Cleary uses rhyme and humorous illustrations with child friendly examples to make math fun. Ages 5 to 8.

"Coyotes All Around" by Stuart J. Murphy. Laugh as Coyote tries to outwit his friends to get all the food. Ages 6 and up.

"Each Orange Had Eight Slices" by Paul Giganti, Jr. is an introduction to counting and simple addition for ages 3 to 8.

E. D. Hirsch has a series of books on what your child should know from Kindergarten to fifth grade.
Assist your child with our FCAT study guides with sample tests for higher scores at school.

Back to School resource web-site:

Ethel G. White
Children's Specialist
Bradford County Public Library

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

July: Free to read!!

Children are excited about buying books and other items at our Library Bookstore Party on the 19th at 10:00 a.m. We are experiencing record attendance for programs! Our volunteers and parents have been a big help with crafts and refreshments. Thank you Altrusa and Kiwanis Clubs.

We still have great storytimes on Tuesdays and professional performances on Thursday. We even have an extra Saturday program on the 14th with Reptiles R Us at 10:00 at the Library.
Join us for summertime fun.

Do you have concerns about Kindergarten registration? Here is a helpful website:

Friday, June 29, 2007

Clifford the Big Red Dog and local celebrities visit the Library

Children are excited about earning Library money to spend at the Bookstore Party on July 19th. We have registered an all-time high number of children who are reading every day and "banking" their money. They will be able to buy books and other items donated to us.

Click on the red x at the top left to view pictures of our programs!
Pam Shamel from WUFT-TV Channel 5 lead a workshop for parents and children recently. The highlight of course was the appearance of Clifford! The children love to have their pictures made with the red dog. Pictured is our new Reference Librarian, Robert Perone. Welcome Robert.

Local business women from Altrusa Club read, lead craft activities and provided refreshments.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

June 2007

Extra! Extra!
Read All About It @ Bradford County Public Library!
Register children now for the Florida Library Youth Program 2007 at the Library. Children through grade five will receive a free book bag and a bank with $2.00 worth of free Library Money. For each seven days they read children can earn Library Money to buy books and other great items at the Bookstore Party on July 19, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the Library!! Complete details and program dates can be found at: http://newriverlibrary.blogspot.com/ and at the the Library. Make reading a priority in your schedule for the summer.

As your family prepares for vacation remember to take every opportunity to read along the way. Read road signs, billboards, etc. and then enjoy a treat as a reward for reading everything the family sees on the way.

Discover the many treasures of Florida in a book and take a trip after reading a book about the coast, wetlands, prairies, parks, zoos and museums.

Ethel G. White
Children's Specialist

Friday, April 27, 2007

National Book Month

May is National Book Month.
Bradford County Public Library has thousands of children's books just waiting for you and your child.

Read All About It @ Your Library. The Florida Library Youth Program 2007 at Bradford County Public Library will begin on June 1, 2007. Calendars with program dates and complete details will be available at the Library on Friday, May 25, 2007. Children through grade five can register to receive a free book bag and a bank with $2.00 worth of Library money to spend at the Book Store Party on Thursday, July 19, 2007. Lots of books and art supplies will be for sale. Reading records may start on Friday, June 1 and continue through Saturday, July 14, 2007. Children will receive $1.00 Library Money each week they read or someone reads to them! A Calendar of summer programs is available at http://www.newriver.lib.fl.us

Make reading a priority in your family life and your reward will be children who love to read and have a much better chance to become anything they desire.

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world. The following website is an internet guide to child-safe web-sites. As always you should preview each site to see if it meets your familie's values. Happy Surfing!

L. Frank Baum was born May 15, 1857. Share the wonderful stories of Oz with your child. Ask them which character they would like to be. Some titles we own:

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.

"The Emerald City"
Dorothy's aunt and uncle get acquainted with Oz after they lose their farm and Ozma invites them to live with her.

"The Road to Oz"
Dorothy's aunt Dorothy and her friends follow the enchanted road to Oz and arrive in time for Ozma's birthday party.

May is the month for thinking of Mother's. Have you shared a story with your mother about her grandchildren lately? Many of us are fortunate to have Mother's who take the time to read with children and that is one of the greatest gifts we can give as Mothers to our families.

Ethel G. White, Children's Specialist