Benefits of Storytime!
It’s that season again – as Summer Reading Club members get their medals and prepare for school, and libraries throughout the ORL gear up to begin fall storytimes for children five and under. And having served as a children’s librarian for almost three decades, the ORL’s Linda Youmans wants parents to understand the many benefits of storytime at the library.
“The live interaction of storytime, where we use songs and puppets and books, is still valid and perhaps even more important in this age of technology.» Read More
Increase Your Digital Literacy
Having basic proficiency in computers and Wifi-enabled devices is becoming increasingly important in our daily lives, yet learning to use technology can be intimidating for new users. To address this, the ORL will be conducting free personalized technology training at its libraries throughout this fall.» Read More
Lego at the Library: Building Blocks of Creativity
Each month dozens of boys and girls meet up at libraries throughout the ORL region, not to read or listen to storytime, but to play with Lego! The interlocking blocks were invented in Denmark over 50 years ago and the company's name translates to “play well”. Despite the rise of digital devices and games, the hands-on creativity of Lego remains popular with both boys and girls with most attendees in the 6-9 age group.
Kim Klonteig, Assistant Community Librarian at the Mission branch runs a popular Lego Builders Club.
“Parents tell me that when they buy Lego kits in stores, the children end up making the piece according to directions and then don’t want to take it apart.» Read More
Introducing the eReading Room for Kids!
The ORL eBooks collection now features an eReading Room for Kids! Much like the children’s area of the library, the eReading Room provides a safer searching and browsing experience for kids when they are looking for eBooks and eAudiobooks. The eReading Room for Kids site filters the overall ORL eBooks collection to show Children’s content only. Other than that, the browsing and borrowing procedures and policies are just the same as for the ORL eBooks collection. Great for those days you can't make it to the library! You can find the eReading Room for Kids here.» Read More