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Volume 11 Number 2, Summer 2000
In This Issue:

Library receives Lucent Technologies grant

The Director’s Journal

Patron Survey Results

Treasures of the Library

Gourmet Gala honors James Courter

Technology Update

Programs foster learning and reading

The New Jersey Information Center

Summer Hours

Summer Reading Challenge "connects" at Library

Animal prints exhibition now showing

New Electronic Resource

Friends grants top $10,000

Book Sale a success


The Director's Journal

Children increasingly prefer computers to television and reading books. Although the Internet and other electronic resources provide multimedia stimulation, they are principally textual. Reading is, therefore, more important than ever to a child’s enjoyment—as well as to school performance. Research shows that the home is the ideal place to nurture reading.

Here are some suggested ways that you can raise readers.

  • Talk, sing, and read to your infant.
  • As a child gets older, encourage him or her to turn the pages and answer your questions about the story or its pictures. (Toddlers may memorize stories and “read” them to you.)
  • As soon as possible, register your child for a library card. (And if you don’t have one, now is the time to register for your card.)
  • Children in primary grades take pride in reading to others. Work together to sound out new words.
  • Visit the Library as often as possible. Encourage participation in the Library’s summer reading programs, and get to know the children’s librarian at your neighborhood branch.
  • Ask your child to tell or to write an imaginative story or a description of something he or she has done. (Encourage your child to enter the Library’s annual Create-A-Book program.)
  • Set an example for your children. Read books, magazines, newspapers—whatever pleases you.

To learn more about encouraging your family’s reading and learning, consult one of our children’s librarians.

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