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Are you a teenager entering grades 8-12? Do you know one? It’s time to apply to be a Summer Reading Buddy!

This 6-week program takes place Monday evenings, at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 7th – August 11th).  Reading Buddies is a social program that promotes literacy through paired reading.  Teens earn volunteer credit by helping young readers develop confidence in their reading and comprehension skills.  Paired one hour reading sessions allow teens the opportunity to become mentors, and young readers the chance to make new friends while reading.

Please visit the Reading Buddies page for more information.

Applications are available Thursday May 1, 2014 (please find on the Reading Buddies webpage above).  Space is limited, and the deadline for all applications is Thursday, June 12, 2014!  Teens are accepted on a first come, first serve basis so get your application in early!

Find out more about our teen programs and events at our Teen Page!

 

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Mother’s Day is around the corner.  Dads, do something nice for your life partner and make breakfast with your kid(s) that morning.  She’ll love the effort, and the extra uninterrupted sleep time!  (Maybe she’ll even reciprocate next month when it’s your turn.)

We have lots of great children’s cookbooks, so you can find lots of easy, kid-friendly recipes.  Check out the call number E 641 in the Children’s Room, our selection covers two shelves!  Let a librarian know if you need help.

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For whatever reason, boys (generally speaking) don’t read as much as their female counterparts.  Happily, there are a growing number of resources dedicated to finding books for young(er) male readers, like Guys Read, Books 4 Boys, Best Books For Boys, Booksforboys.com, and Read Kiddo Read.   Some of them break up recommendations by what’s in them like dragons, aliens, at least one explosion, etc.  Book recommendations cover a wide range of ages from toddler through the teen years, so try some of these titles today.

Don’t worry, there are plenty of sites for girl readers too.  Like Empowering Books for Girls, A Mighty Girl, and Scholastic recommendations for girls.

Still having trouble convincing them to read? Why not try a book trailer?  It’s exactly like a movie trailer, but for books.  Drum up some excitement so they know what they’re reading will be action packed, or have dinosaurs, or what have you.  Try sites like Book Trailers for Readers or Slime Kids. You can always search for a particular books title + “book trailer”.  For example, you could type “green eggs and ham book trailer” into the search bar of Google, Bing, Yahoo or another search engine.

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This month, a new assessment test has been testing in several states that will replace state mandated assessments of student’s learning in English literacy and mathematics.  For NJ, this will replace the NJ ASK and replace it with the PARCC.  The PARCC, which stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is computer based and a new format for students to learn.  The new test is currently being field tested, and will have another round of field testing in May.  It is supposed to replace state tests in 2015, so this is the last year your student will take the NJ ASK.

NJ Spotlight has written an article about it that helps explain April’s field test and some of the concerns with the test.  More information on the test itself and practice exams for your child can be found at PARCC’s website.

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Earth Day is here!  In addition to looking for alternate forms of energy from fossil fuels, being aware that recycling is important, and the many other messages that Earth Day tries to impart every year, one of the very neat things that some people have started to build and look into is sustainable architecture, aka green architecture.  Sustainable architecture “seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings through efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space” [from Wikipedia].  Here are some very cool examples:

Wuxi Community Kindergarten

Bamboo Treehouse

Sustainable NYC could look like this

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And you can check out EarthDay.org’s Green Cities Campaign page for more information on what you can do and some sustainability options.

 

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