Learn English / Aprenda Ingles
As part of our Strategic Plan the Puyallup Public Library strives to be a ‘Doorway to the World’, by promoting literacy and responding to the diverse needs of the community.
One of the ways we support these objectives is by offering a variety of materials and resources to assist foreign language speakers in their quest to master the English language. Located on the first floor of the library is our English Language Learning collection which consists of books, CD’s and DVDs to assist in that process. The Mango Language database, which is available 24 hours a day from our website’s ‘Catalog and More’ tab, offers training modules in 17 different languages for English language learning.
In addition we are hosting an ELL class offered by Bates Technical College on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-11:30. Registration is easy, just show up to any class. The $25.00 fee can be waived for qualifying students. All questions about these classes can be directed to Antonia at Bates Technical College (253) 604-0003.
Welcome September with Seasonal Books
If you do a Google search for September holidays, you find many strange and interesting holidays celebrated this month. Here are some children’s books and other materials to help you celebrate the month of departing summer.
Math at bedtime? Sure! Why not!?
For many parents, reading a book at bedtime with their child is a no brainer. There are so many good reasons to do this. It builds vocabulary, strengthens critical thinking skills, sparks imagination, and gives your kiddos a little one-on-one time. So of course, this means the same could be said of doing a little math at bedtime, right? The good people at Bedtime Math agree with me. They have a whole webpage devoted to making kids “love math like playtime or dessert.” I downloaded their app onto my iphone. My son and I use it whenever we have to wait (doctor’s office, restaurant, get to soccer practice a little early, etc.). We learn a little something on the topic of the day and then solve a few math problems around it. The math problems are divided into three different levels. At age 8, he can easily work through the first two levels. We are now working on the third and hardest level.
I encourage all the parents out there to think about incorporating a little more mathematics into your everyday life, bedtime or otherwise. Need some ideas? Then take a look at the Bedtime Math website or check out one of their books. Happy calculating!
Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck (j 513.2 OVERDEC)
Bedtime Math 2: This Time It’s Personal by Laura Overdeck (j 513.2 OVERDEC)
Summer Reading prizes
We are so proud of all the kids who have been reading, reading, reading, as part of the Fizz, Boom, Read program this summer! The drawings are all done, but if you haven't picked up your prizes, you still have a little bit of time left. Be sure to claimthem before school starts!
Tween Recommended Reads
It might be the end of August, summer reading is over and
school has not yet started, but we still need to keep our kids reading! Sometimes it can be hard to keep tweens interested
in a good book. Lucky for us the good
folks at the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) created an
eclectic list of great books perfect for the tween reader. If you are in need of some book
recommendations for your 4th, 5th, and 6th
graders, then go to http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/Tween13_RecReadsList.pdf
for a pdf version of this list.
CHILL With a TRILLer
Adult Summer Reading is going gangbusters. This week we have some new thrillers to suggest.
Stories at South Hill Mall
If you enjoy stories, join us at South Hill Mall for Family Storytime at 11am each Thursday through August 28. We'll be by the fireplace in the Food Court. You can listen to an old favorite, or discover a new one. See you there!
Where Kids and Grown-up Have Fun with Science and Technology
Learning more about the science and study of celestial objects, space, and the physical universe is even easier to do at the Puyallup Public Library. The children’s librarians are now members of NASA’s Space Place community. As members, the librarians receive a small display about various space topics once every three to four months. This display is put up in the children’s non-fiction area at the end of a shelf (only a few steps from J 520, the Dewey Decimal Number for astronomy!).
A new display about infrared radiation and the Herschel Space Observatory just went up. This display is packed full of information and pictures. The display that just went down was about the art and beauty of space photography. I invite you to come take a look at this new display in the children’s area of the library.
To learn more about space and astronomy I encourage you to take a look at the Space Place website at SpacePlace.NASA.gov. This website is full of activities and information for children as well as parents. Explore fun facts, games, puzzles, coloring sheets, videos, photos, and so much more. Then, don’t forget to check out some books or videos on the topic. Your library has plenty for you to look at about our solar system and beyond. You will be seeing stars in your eyes!
Animal Sounds -- Miss Carol's Theme of the Week!
What does the fox say?
Or the pig? Or the owl? Or even the cricket? Animal noises are all around us. Take a seat in the park or even your own
backyard, I bet you can hear the sounds of animals. What does a bee in a flower sound like? Is that the call of a bird? Just like us people, animals use sounds to
communicate. Sometimes we don’t know
what the animals are telling us… but sometimes we do!
When young children listen to and then make different
animal sounds, they are actually learning phonological awareness. These young people are learning to play with
the sounds of our language. Our spoken
language is full of sounds that children need to learn about and to
identify. Introducing children to the
noises that animals make is a fun way to discover the rich variety of sounds in
our everyday world.
Explore animal noises with these fun books:
Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming (jj FLEMING)
Good Night, Owl! by Pat Hutchins (jj HUTCHIN)
Hello, Day! by Anita Lobel (jj LOBEL)
Hush!: A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly
Meade (jj HO)
Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin
Jr. and Eric Carle (jj MARTIN)
The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle (jj CARLE)
Armchair Travel Suggestions
Don't melt in the heat! Let's do a little traveling with these summer reading suggestions: