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Support Our 2nd Annual Early Reading Fundraising Drive and Win an Original Seascape Oil Painting
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library early childhood literacy program was launched in New Smyrna Beach by the Friends of the New Smyrna Beach Library in 2012. Our goal, based on research showing that children who experience a book-rich environment prior to kindergarten have a much greater chance of success in school, was to offer this book-a-month program to all preK children in zip codes 32168 and 32169. Each child receives a book in the mail personally addressed to her/him. The cost to us of mailing one book a month to each child is a little over $30 per year, an incredibly reasonable price thanks to Dolly Parton’s vision and generosity.
This year anyone who makes a minimum donation of $30 will have a chance to win a seascape oil painting (20” x 20”) by local artist, Frank Ferrante (www.frankferrante.com). The drawing will be held on June 15th, and the winner will be announced at that time.
Annual Luncheon to Thank Our Staff!
We celebrated our annual staff appreciation day on April 27th with a quiche and salad party. We asked everyone to bring a book and the result is a series of short videos that can be viewed on our Facebook page!
Volunteer Opportunities with Friends
We need your skills and creativity!
If you are looking for an opportunity to share your skills and creativity, we hope you will consider joining our team and becoming a volunteer. We have projects and plans for 2016, and we need a little help from members of our community who have a time to spare, who love books and libraries and who want to help our community’s children through our preK literacy programs.
We are actively looking for help in the following areas:
- preK literacy committee and outreach activities (We are growing and we need help!),
- membership events and outreach,
- writing press material, online blogging, Facebook administration.
If you are interested or would like to know more, please complete the volunteer information sheet, mail it or simply drop it off at the library, and a board member will contact you!
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Electronic Toys Lose Out in Encouraging Early Language Skills
By Sharon Wills
Just read a heartwarming article on the benefits of reading good old books and playing with simple toys – no technology, no talking creatures, no bells or lights. Researchers installed sound equipment in 26 homes of parents with infants 12 to 16 months old to record child/parent verbalizing while playing with different types of toys and books. It’s a small sample size but with definitive results: playing with electronic toys resulted in decreased quantity and quality of language input. Hurrah for simplicity!
Computer Classes to Get You Up-to-speed!
When we ask our members how they feel about computers their answers range from “Wish I had never heard the word,” to “How did we ever live without them!” Regardless of our personal feelings, we can all agree that like the wheel and light bulb computers are here to stay. We use them to write, to keep in touch with friends and family. We download books to our Kindles and Nooks and iPads, and carry our library with us wherever we go. We shop online and fill out forms and applications for almost every service that exists. (…more)
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The Computer Lab, located in the Adult Computer area. offers hands-on instruction to patrons in a quiet facility in the library. The Computer Lab hours will support an open curriculum to answer questions about basic computer use, email, the Internet, eBooks, and job search/resume writing.
Open Lab Hours:
- Tuesday: 9-11 AM
- Wednesday: 1-3 PM
- Thursday: 3-4:30 PM
Library laptops are available on a first come/first serve basis. Patrons are welcome to bring their own laptops.