January 9th, 2017
Adults across the county have made lists of New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. While eating healthy and working out more frequently are admirable resolutions, they can be difficult to keep, don’t always involve the entire family, and are often not all that fun. Try something different this year, and involve your children by making family goals related to reading and learning at the library. These are not only fun and rewarding for the whole family, but are also easy to keep, especially with a little help from the library staff at the Cecil County Public Library.
Resolution #1 – Have your child be involved in reading for at least 15 minutes every day. Establishing routine reading habits is one of the most significant factors in helping your child improve reading skills. Check out the Kids Page on the library’s website for new ideas and titles recommended by your local library staff.
Resolution #2 – Read aloud to your child as often as possible even if they are able to read on their own. While having your child read independently is always a great idea, remember they are never too old to have someone read aloud to them, too. Listening to you read is not only beneficial in helping them develop reading skills, but also a wonderful way to spend time together. Not sure what to read? Consider selecting one of your childhood favorites as a read aloud. Your child will be eager to share something you enjoyed as a child, and it is sure to be a conversation starter. Visit any branch, and our staff will be happy to help you find just what you need.
Resolution #3 – Explore a variety of formats. Are you used to only reading traditional print books? Instead try one of our many audiobooks. Audiobooks are valuable in helping children expand vocabulary and to enjoy materials beyond their reading level, as listening comprehension tends to be higher than reading comprehension. Listening to audiobooks can motivate young readers and get them excited about reading.
Resolution #4 – Learn something new by attending a library program. You can find numerous programs on a variety of topics at most library branches. Interested in science and art? Check out Chemistry of Colors at the Rising Sun branch on January 18th. Interested in exploring other cultures? Try Passport to Africa at Elkton Central on February 15th. To see a complete listing of all library events, consider subscribing to the library’s newsletter, The Link, visit any of our branches to pick up the current Link, or check out a full calendar on the library’s website.
Whether you adopt all of the above resolutions or just a few, we look forward to seeing you at the library in 2017!