|Volume 11 Number 2, Summer 2000|
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Programs foster learning and reading
The first four years of life, during which children develop fifty percent of their intellectual skill, are the best time for them to develop a love for learning and reading . . . and to learn to enjoy using the library. A number of library programs are designed to help them do so.
Project PALSPreschool Arts and Library Seriesbrings together preschool children and professional performers in the library through visits from Newark preschool classes and daycare groups. The project encourages children to register for library cards and instructs them in the proper care of books. At the close of a program, children receive Arthur theme reading incentives: a Read-A-Book and book bag, a bookmark, a READ button, and an activity book.
As part of the Newark Public Schools Learning About Myself and My World partnership program, the Library initiated the Kindergarten Class Trip Program. It provides for a multifaceted half-day of educational activities. Programming incorporates a story hour, video, puppets and interactive storyboard play, all related by a common theme. This program serves approximately 4,500 youngsters.
Club Success is the Librarys widely praised program of focused homework assistance for students in grades one through eight. The program provides assistance in the areas of mathematics, language arts literacy, science, social studies and reading. Approximately one hundred schools are represented in the program, which is now in its sixth year of operation.
The $2 million NEON (NEwark ONline) project continues fulfilling our unique responsibility to ensure free, open and equal access to electronic information. An integral part of the program has established NEON Centers at the Main Library and four branches (Weequahic, North End, Van Buren, and Springfield)one in each of the citys five wards. The Centers not only provide the computers, but also instruction for students in grades six through twelve.
We are appreciative of the many organizations who have graciously funded theseand many otherLibrary programs which foster learning and reading.
The Second Century
The Newark Public Library
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P.O. Box 630
Newark, New Jersey 07101-0630
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