Visits and Programs
Book talk presentations can be a general introduction to a range
of books to get students excited about reading. Or a presentation
can be tailored to a specific topic or reading level. For example,
Fairfield library staff members make monthly visits to third grade
classes to help meet literature state standards. Each month they
book talk a different genre to help expose students to the various
genres. Staff members also welcome the opportunity to share the
latest and greatest books that educators will want to use with students.
We offer tours, in library programs and instruction. Whether you'd
like to tour your local Lane Library, have students select materials
to check out for leisure reading or have an instructional session
in the use of the Dewey Decimal System, Internet searching or learn
about reference materials the library staff welcomes your classes
to the library. Staff members can also provide library instruction
in your classroom.
Young children aren't the only ones who benefit from hearing a good
story! Our librarians have a good repertoire of stories for all
ages. Through stories, all ages can be exposed to the beauty of
language, the skills of oral interpretation of literature, various
cultures and the similarities and differences among people, history,
values and character. Storytelling can create an excitement for
books and reading. Hearing stories can also establish the pattern
for recognizing character, plot, setting and theme. A demonstrative
workshop on "how to tell stories" can be provided to educators
or their students. This workshop can be especially useful for older
students who are sharing books with younger students, such as in
"book buddy" projects. Library staff can tailor a program
to fit your classroom needs. The length of the program is from 30
to 60 minutes depending on the time available.
"Programs-In-a-Box" are kits designed by Lane Library
staff or Hamilton City School teachers for use by library staff
or classroom teachers in a classroom setting to provide a hands-on,
interactive program or unit for students in a Social Studies content
area. The kits are designed for students in grades 4 and up. The
kits now available for check out for a 28-day loan period include:
for Trade: This kit contains five copies of the board game Made
for Trade: A Game of Early American Life to allow your entire
class (up to 30 students) to all play at the same time. This board
game offers a fun way to personalize history and economies by
putting students in the shoes of a colonist, an indentured servant
trying to buy his freedom or a shopper on Market Day. There are
four different ways to play, ranging from easy to difficult. This
game is endorsed by The Commission for the Bicentennial for the
US Constitution, Parents Magazine and is the winner of the Media
& Methods Excellence in Education award. Grades 4 - up.
Fever Epidemic of 1793: This kit contains 25 copies of the
award winning book Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, two
copies of the award winning non-fiction book An American Plague,
the True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic
of 1793 by Jim Murphy, one copy of Bring Out Your Dead: The
Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793 by J.H.
Powell and one copy of a Teacher Resource Kit compiled and
edited by Lane Library staff. This Teacher Resource Kit provides
activities that explore our young nation's first major public
health crises across a variety of disciplines that include
geography, civics, economies, language arts and social studies.
These activities all of which are based in a careful reading
of the book, include map making, classroom debates, charting
the economic impact of the disaster, writing poetry, relevant
vocabulary and interpreting different historical accounts
of the same event. Grades 5 and up.
and Pioneer Clothing: This kit contains a complete outfit of authentically
reproduced women's clothing (size 12 - 14) which can be worn and
modeled by either a teacher or student as part of this program.
It also includes many interactive elements to help students understand
how fabric and clothing were made and worn in pervious times.
These fabrics and clothes include the following items: raw wool
fleece, combed and carded wool, spun roving, yarn, wool, knitted
items, natural dye samples. Also included in the kit are information
cards on the history cultivation of cotton, wool linen and silk.
Activities include braiding rag rugs and weaving fabric. Books
included in the kit are:
The Fowler Family Gets Dressed by Mary K. Inman and Louise
F. Pence (Ohio authors)
The Fowler Family Celebrates Statehood and a Wedding by
Mary K. Inman and Louise F. Pence
Warm as Wool by Scott Russell Sanders (Indiana author)
From Plant to Blue Jeans: The Story of Cotton by Arthur
Grades 4 - up.
for additional Programs-In-a-Box that are currently being created
and will be ready for check out in January 2006. These new kits
are strictly aligned with the Ohio's Academic Content Standards
for Social Studies and will focus on the following themes:
Ordinance and the Ohio Frontier
Years of the Republic
Lane Library has invested in dozens of special kits that make storytelling
and story time preparation for preschoolers through second grade
a breeze and fun to do. Each theme-designed storytelling kit (also
called a literacy kit or literacy bag) contains:
activities extend the book to allow for a well-developed cohesive
program that requires minimum preparation on your part. Topics range
from classic children's books to math, science, holidays and social
studies. You can search for these kits in Lane's online catalog
under the General Keys of "storytelling
kit" or "Childcraft
Puppets are great communication facilitators! Let a library demonstrate
how easy it is to use puppets as an educational tool. Puppetry helps
develop writing skills, public speaking, cooperation and artistic
expression. It is also a fun and creative link to literature. We
can present puppet-making workshops for you or you students. A basic
puppet-making workshop requires a minimum of two hours (three hours
is ideal). For a more detailed workshop that would include selecting
a story, choosing the characters to make, creating the puppets,
rehearsing the puppet show and performing the show it requires at
least six hours. It is best to spread this type of workshop out
over a few days. Library staff will provide the basic materials.
One of our goals is to serve educators as well as their students.
Let us know what kind of library training we can provide at a faculty
meeting. Topics can include how to use Lane's research databases,
how to effectively evaluate a Web site, Internet searching, storytelling
and many other topics. Library staff members can tailor such a workshop
to a half an hour to an hour-long program. We will work with you
to meet your needs.
We would love the opportunity to talk to your students for approximately
15 minutes about our programs. Within this short time we gave give
them a glimpse in to summer reading fun, a writing or art contest
and many more events.
/ Illustrators Visits
The Lane Libraries host notable authors and illustrators of books
for children and teens. Presentations at the library and at local
schools help students gain knowledge and appreciation of the people
who create books. Such visits also inspire students to develop their
own writing, illustrating and communicating skills. Coordinator
of Youth Services 513- 894-7156 x 604.
to Read Week , Children's Book Week or Poetry Month
Library staff will be happy to work with you in planning a special
presentation or activity in conjunction with one of these observances.
For example, past programs have included puppet shows or bringing
in authors to visit classes for Children's Book Week. For further,
information on Children's Book Week visit this Web site: http://www.cbcbooks.org/cbw.
For additional, information on Poetry Month check out this Web site:
Let an enthusiastic librarian from Lane Libraries speak to your
students about the skills, typical activities, challenges and rewards
of a library career.
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