Start your journey with our Summer Reading Street Fair on May 29th, 2-4 PM. Enjoy sidewalk chalk drawing, face painting, snow cones, and much more after you register for the reading program! Weekly activities include a Toddler Time (ages 0-3) and a Summer Movie @ the Library (all ages), both on Tuesdays, plus “Craftivity” for Kids (ages 6 & up) on Thursday afternoons.
For our Summer Reading Program, "Have Books, Will Travel" we have some terrific special programs scheduled to take place on Wednesdays, including a returning favorite, comedy magician Richard Landry and his rabbit Snowball at 10:30 am on June 12th. “Journey Down the National Road”, will include a trip to Harlan Hall to see the National Road Museum at 2 pm on June 5th, “Animal Athletes” by the staff of the Douglas Hart Nature Center (ages 5-12) is planned for 2 pm on June 19th, and we’ll have a fun challenge where all participants (ages 6 & up) will play “Oregon Trail” together on the big screen and eat trail mix at 2 pm on June 26th.
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Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is joining Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch in urging librarians, educators and families to use the free online “Find a Book” search tool to ensure students continue reading while they are out of school this summer. “Find a Book” is located here and provides a way for librarians, parents and children to quickly and easily search for books that match a child’s reading level and interests.
“Find a Book” also helps locate a local library carrying each book title.
“Our Illinois libraries have long promoted year round reading and the `Find a Book’ search tool complements such efforts,’’ said Secretary White. “I encourage parents to read with their children every day to ensure a lifelong love of reading. When children begin reading independently, they are not only making academic gains but opening themselves to new worlds.” “Just because school doors are closing doesn’t mean learning should stop,” said Governor Quinn. “Summer reading helps students retain and develop academic skills so they’re ready to go when the school bell rings in the new school year.”
Find a Book”
uses a student's reading score, reported as a Lexile® measure from state standardized tests, including the ISAT, to provide a Lexile range and corresponding list of texts within that range. The Lexile range for a reader is from 50L above his or her Lexile measure to 100L below. If a student attempts to read material above their Lexile range, the text may challenge the student and his or her ability to construct meaning from the reading, and the experience may decrease. Likewise, material below a reader’s Lexile range will provide him or her with little challenge in comprehension.
Users of the “Find a Book” search tool can also find appropriate books without a Lexile measure through a search using the child's grade level and comfort with the typical reading materials at that grade level. The search utility will produce a starting Lexile range that can be further refined. “Find a Book” also offers a Spanish option that allows users to search all of the titles with Spanish Lexile measures. More information on Spanish Lexile measures is available here.
Thanks to a very generous donation by Gerald and Jean Forsythe, all children residing in the Marshall school district up to age five will be able to receive free books through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Every month, until their fifth birthday, each child will receive a free book appropriate for their age. All you have to do to enroll your child is fill out a registration form at the library or mail it to the library. Members of the Clark County Optimist Club and Marshall Service League are working hard along with the library to make sure as many children as possible get to take advantage of this wonderful program. Call the library if you have any questions.