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New Resource for Parents to Improve Early Literacy

   Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

kids blog thumbnailIn addition to the Fizz Boom Read Summer Reading program, the Library's Childrens Room also has resources for parents to work on the literacy skills of their storytime-age kids.

Check out the new Early Literacy resource, maintained by the Childrens Room staff. It has sections for:

  • Books from Storytime - Want to know the title of a book you saw in storytime? Or just want some great suggestions to read to your kids? It's all here! Staff post the titles from each storytime, so you can look them up or browse for ideas. Use the links under the "Storytime Picks" section to find age-appropriate titles for your kids
  • Get Your Child Ready To Read - tips for using the 5 simple practice areas for developing early literacy skills: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - "Children need to hear 1000 stories before they can begin to learn to read. Or the same story a thousand times!" ~ Mem Fox. Download reading logs to track your progress!

The resource is in blog format, and is updated on different schedules - storytime titles are posted shortly after the storytime ends, and there are also Weekly Tips on developing early literacy skills.

For more information, contact the Childrens Room at mfoley@mvlc.org or 978-256-5521 x4.

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The Chelmsford Community Read-In Needs You!

   Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Community Read-InThere are more requests than ever before to have volunteers read in the classrooms. Please consider taking a few moments to participate in this community wide program. The teachers and the students so appreciate it!

This year's community read-in is the week of April 8-12, 2013.

If you're interested in encouraging literacy by taking some time out of your day on and reading to school kids, please print, complete, and return the 2013 Chelmsford Community Read-In interest form to:

Tara Trainor
25 Middlesex Street
North Chelmsford, MA 01863

For more information, contact chelsmfordreadin@gmail.com.

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Drug Addiction and the Developing Brain Program: May 9, 2012

   Sunday, May 6th, 2012 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Sponsored by the Chelmsford Coalition to Live Smart and Healthy Chelmsford

What parents and children in Grades 5+ should know!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
CHS Performing Arts Center
7 pm – 9 pm

Join the Healthy Chelmsford Coalition, Chelmsford Coalition to Live Smart, Chelmsford Police Dept., Chelmsford School Dept., and Trinity EMS, Inc., in an "eye opening" drug awareness presentation.

The consequences of drug abuse and addiction cause people of all ages to suffer. Drug addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease. The leading cause of death for young adults in this area is Opiate abuse!

This dynamic presentation will cover the topics of addiction and how addiction causes physical changes in the developing brain, discuss experimenting versus gateway drugs, and introduce the topic of pain and treatment as it relates to addiction. We will also discuss resources and proper medication disposal.

A personal story of addiction and the path he has traveled will be presented by a young 27 year old Chelmsford High alumni student.

If you would like any further information please call Sue Rosa, RN, Manager of Healthcare Services at the Board of Health 978- 250-5243, or you can print the program flyer [pdf].

Sponsored by the Chelmsford Coalition to Live Smart and Healthy Chelmsford

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