Reading Buddy Programs

Photos by Matt Carr   Reading Buddy programs in school and public libraries consist of paired students of the same or different ages.

In order to promote reading and improve skills, libraries are pairing up kids to read to each other and the idea has become very popular.  Kids are excited and motivated to read with a buddy.  Even younger kids reading picture books to older students can gain on both ends- older students can pick up forgotten skills and words.

“Illuminations” at RC Day School

Inspired by classic children’s literature, “Illuminations” is  an elaborate light display created by the students at Rockland County Day School.  Visitors will walk a storybook trail along which spectators will see vignettes from “Peter Pan, “The Jungle Book,” “Mary Poppins” and many other children’s stories.  Highlights include Captain Hook’s pirate ship, Mary Poppins descending from the trees and the hookah-smoking caterpillar from “Alice in Wonderland.”

“Illuminations is scheduled for December 5 and 6 between 5 and 8 p.m.  Admission charge is $5.00.  Dennis Predovic, who teaches set design at the school,9780451520883_p0_v1_s118x184.jpg said that if the show proves popular, it may be extended.

National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), an annual challenge founded in 1999 during which writers from around the world commit to writing a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30. This year, the Palisades Free Library is here to help with an online guide full of library resources, useful links, and more to help you get inspired, stay motivated, and see your way to a finished product. On Monday, November 30th from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm the library will provide a place to write, word trackers, and a fuel in the form of coffee and snacks during NaNoWriMo: Sprint to the Finish. Participants are welcome to register ahead of time in the library, by phone, or online or drop in at any time during the event. Happy Writing!

Man Booker Shortlist

The Man Booker Prize is a Britain’s most prestigious literary prize, awarded each year to the best novel written in English and published in the UK. Included on the recently announced 2015 shortlist is American author Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread. The winner will be announced on October 13th in London. Join us stateside for the library’s next meeting of R.E.a.D (Read, Eat, and Discuss) on Thursday, October 22 at 2:00pm to share your insights into Tyler’s 20th and final novel and be sure to check out the library’s online discussion guide.