Grown Ups

Online Safety Rules for Kids

  • I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents’ permission
  • I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
  • I will never agree to get together with someone I “meet” online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
  • I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
  • I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do, I will tell my parents right away.
  • I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of the day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
  • Reprinted courtesy of the Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678.

Scholastic Reading CountsAccelerated ReaderGuided Reading
What is Lexile Level?
Scholastic reading Counts - Scholastic Reading Counts! is the only independent reading program based on the Lexile Framework! The program begins with great books – students read fiction, nonfiction, and curriculum-based books based on their interests and Lexile level, ensuring they will enjoy and have success with what they read. Know what book your looking for. Find it fast with a quick search. Find out what level your book is or find similar books at the level you need.
helps you:

  • Make essential reading practice more effective for every student.

  • Personalize reading practice to each student’s current level.

  • Manage all reading activities including read to, read with, and read independently.

  • Assess students’ reading with four types of quizzes: Reading Practice, Vocabulary Practice, Literacy Skills, and Textbook Quizzes.
  • Build a lifelong love of reading and learning.

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Guided Reading

  • In guided reading, the teacher guides small groups of students in reading short, carefully chosen texts in order to
    build independence, fluency, comprehension skills, and problem-solving strategies. The teacher often begins by introducing the text and modeling a particular strategy. Then students read to themselves in quiet voices as the teacher listens in, noting strategies and obstacles, and cuing individual students as needed. Students then discuss content, and share problem-solving strategies. Guided-reading materials usually become increasingly challenging and are often read more than once. The teacher regularly observes and assesses students' changing needs, and adjusts groupings accordingly. Guided reading allows a teacher to provide different levels of support, depending on the needs of the students.

Sharing books is a gift you can give infants from the time they are born. The warmth of being held, the singing of lullabies and the melodic sound of a parent’s reading voice can soothe and entertain even the youngest child.

  • Set aside a special time each day, such as nap time, bedtime or after meals when both you and the baby are relaxed and can enjoy a story.

  • Take advantage of “waiting” time to share books; for example on trips or in the doctor’s office.

  • Find a comfortable place to sit (a rocking chair is wonderful) and hold the baby so that you can both see the book. Turn off the TV, computer and music.

  • Vary the tone of your voice, sing nursery rhymes, bounce your knee, make funny faces or whatever special effects you can do to stimulate your baby’s interest.

  • Don’t worry if your baby’s attention span is short. Sharing books with infants can be brief, but should be often.

Scholastic Read-Aloud Tips Video
Is it possible to share a book with a toddler who seems to be permanently in the "on" position? With the right book at the right time, reading can become a cherished activity for both the adult and the child. Being read to is a lasting pleasure for every child no matter what age; and for toddlers it offers a time to slow down and explore their world with a trusted friend.

  • Share a book everyday, even if it is only for a short time. Help your toddler become comfortable with books and learn the value of them. Teach them that books have a right side up and how to turn the pages. If you worry about torn pages, practice “reading” and turning pages with board books or old magazines and catalogs

  • Read slowly enough for your toddler to grasp what has happened in the story and to talk about it. Encourage your child to touch or find things in the pictures. As you read point out and discuss what is happening in the story.

  • Paraphrase parts of a story that have sentences which are too long or contain ideas your child cannot yet comprehend.

  • Be flexible and adapt your reading pace to the moods of your child. Never force a child to share a story in which they have no interest.

  • Read books you enjoy. If you dislike a book, it is hard to share pleasurable time with your child.

  • Do not become upset if your toddler continually interrupts the story with questions or observations. Stop reading and let him/her talk and share with you. A toddler can learn just as much by looking and talking about the pictures as by reading the story.

  • Register your child for a library card. Toddlers need new books week by week as well as old favorites.

Scholastic Read-Aloud Tips Video
One of the nicest and best ways to enhance your child’s language learning is to read books. Reading time is when you can introduce your child to words—how they sound, what they mean and also how they combine into sentences and stories. It is also a time to expand your child’s awareness of the world and to explore shared feelings. Reading time with a preschooler is packed with learning potential all in the name of fun.

  • Encourage a reading habit. Read at a regular time everyday. Read with enthusiasm. Remember your competition is the professional actors and actresses your child is exposed to in the media everyday. Adjust your pace to the story and your child. Use tones and expressions to portray the mood or characters in the story.

  • Talk about the books as you read or after you have finished. Let your child act out or draw a picture of the story. Listen as your child retells you the story.

  • Be flexible. You or your child may not always be receptive to reading or may not be interested in every story. Choose a good time, place and story both of you.

  • Have fun. Keep in mind that story times are fun times. The real purpose is for you and your child to enjoy yourselves and share each other’s company. Learning is important, but the joy of reading and sharing is the lesson you want to teach.

Scholastic Read-Aloud Tips Video

Class VisitsLibrary CardsLibrary Resources
The Library offers a wide variety of tours and programs for all ages of children.

  • The length of tours is flexible, although most last about one hour. Contents may vary according to individual class needs. A tour of the library, an introduction to reference resources, or storytelling are some of the more popular options, although visits about any book or reading related topic can also be arranged. Classes may also visit for group research.

  • Tours work best, particularly if the children are checking out material, in groups of 25 or less; however, accommodations can be made for larger numbers.

  • Because of limited staff and space, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO CALL THE YOUTH DEPARTMENT (323-7553 ext. 114) FOR CLASS VISIT RESERVATIONS.

  • Library cards are available to children of all ages.

  • Any child requesting a library card or checking out materials as part of a class visit must have his/her parent complete and return to class a library card application/check-out permission form. These forms may be faxed or mailed upon request. All completed forms must be returned to the Library at least one week before the class visit for processing.

  • The Library assumes all responsibility for any further correspondence with parents once the forms are returned to the Library for processing.

  • Parents will receive written notification of the issuance of a library card via their child. They are requested to affirm their responsibility for this card with their signature, not the child’s, in the space provided on the back of the card.

  • Please remind children who already have library cards to bring them on the day of your visit. CHILDREN WHO DO NOT HAVE A CARD WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CHECK OUT MATERIALS.

Library Card Application
Spanish Library Card Application
Visit the Get a Library Card page for more information.
Children are not limited in either the quantity or type of materials that they may borrow. However, because of the unique situation of a class visit (not group research session), children may only borrow one book from the Youth Department at that time.

  • All materials circulates for three weeks.

  • The Library charges overdue fines and sends overdue reminders. All overdue correspondence is between the borrower and the Library. Teachers are not responsible for the material the children borrow.

  • Copy machines and printers are coin operated. If bringing a class for group study, remind them to bring their own supplies, including change.

Homework Help

  • Although the Library would like to have an unlimited number of materials on every subject, our collection is limited and not curriculum based.

  • You may want to visit the Library before making an entire class assignment to see what type and how many resources are available for your students on a particular subject, or if such information even exists.

  • You may also want to make research projects and assignments as broad and flexible as possible in content, format, and resources required for completing them.

As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher.You provide the foundation for your child’s learning skills right at home. Research shows that children who are read to, become readers.

  • Read at a regular time.
    Reading aloud becomes a habit when it is part of a daily routine.
  • Find a good spot.
    Look for a comfortable, quiet place where you will not be interrupted or distracted. Make sure your child can see the book.
  • Choose a good time.
    Pick a time when your child is receptive. Don’t take your child away from an interesting activity with, “It’s time to read.” Choose a time when you want to read, too.
  • Give life to the story by the way you sound.
    Don’t read too fast. Adjust your pace to the story and your child. Use tones and expressions to portray the mood or characters in the story.
  • Talk about the books as you read or after you have finished.
    Share reactions and special parts, but do not grill your child.Try asking questions such as, “What do you think will happen next?” “Where does this picture take place?” “How many blue things are there in the picture?” “How does this book make you feel?” Let the children act out or draw a picture about the story afterwards.
  • Make all of your child’s experiences with books happy ones.
    Never make reading a punishment. Remember sometimes children, just like you, may not like every story. Be flexible and try another book.
  • After reading have the books readily available so that your child can look at them again.
    Books are like old friends. It’s good to revisit them.
  • Have fun reading the story and sharing an experience with your child.
    Ask yourself in 25 years what will your child remember of childhood. Read to your children and create a memory they will keep forever