January 30th, 2017

The Best Way to Read to Your Child

What is one of the best things you can do for your young child? Reading out loud! It stimulates early brain development and promotes the development of language and social skills. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Does it matter if a child reads from a tablet, a laptop, a PC, a smartphone, or a regular book? Drumroll, please…it actually does not matter, as long as you provide a balance of print books and eBooks and remember to combine media use with human interaction. Reading using technology can be an enjoyable and valuable experience. Research tells us when children read eBooks, it is essential that there be adult interaction to ensure best results. Fancy, glowing touch-screens are no substitute for comforting, genuine face-to-face interactions. However, you can use the same techniques of asking your child questions about the story, counting or finding things in the pictures and modeling pronunciation whether you are reading a paper book or an eBook together. CCPL has always had an extensive collection of physical books and now a large selection of eBooks can be found on the newly designed OverDrive page on the library’s website. https://maryland.overdrive.com/library/kids

“Screen-time” has now been replaced by “media use” and is the term experts use to describe the amount of time a person looks at/uses media. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recent findings for healthy media use does not support a one size fits all approach, but does emphasize the importance of being aware of your purpose when using media, whether for education or for entertainment. For help with making decisions about your family’s use of media, there is a new, highly recommended, easy-to-use online tool which assists parents in the creation of a media use plan for families with children ages 18 mos. – 18 yrs. This powerful tool can help families successfully monitor screen-time and develop effective uses for your family through various customizations.

While parenting in a media-centric world can be overwhelming, today’s devices are another tool for children, just like regular books, blocks, toys, and outside play. With thoughtful planning, interacting with your child using today’s latest technology can be a rewarding and educational experience for the entire family.


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November 14th, 2016

Harry Potter

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I grew up with Harry Potter. I was enduring adolescence with the reassurance that at least there would always be a Harry Potter book (or movie) to look forward to. When Harry Potter was going through his adolescent angst, I was right there with him. I can’t say I really understood what it was like defeating a Dark Lord, but I’d like to think SATs and college applications were equally draining. And then it was over. I’m sure everyone remembers–or knows someone–who went through the “post-Potter depression” that occurred after the last book.

But my generation isn’t the only one who grew up with Harry Potter. I see young kids picking up the first book for the first time, older couples grabbing the audiobook for a road trip– people are still growing up with the Boy Who Lived, and it’s as popular as ever.

Some fans are annoyed that JK Rowling is still writing about Harry Potter and didn’t like the Cursed Child script that came out last summer. These fans want the series to be crystallized in memory as being just the seven books. But I embrace it. How could I not be thrilled to be once again immersed in the Harry Potter universe? I know it will never be like the original seven books, but I look forward to the new movies and the spin-offs.

To celebrate the film release of “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them,” based on JK Rowling’s book of the same title, CCPL is hosting events in November! On Wednesday, November 16th, the Elkton Central Library is hosting two off-site events. Dr. Bernard McKenna, a University of Delaware professor, will give a talk on “Spellcasting in Harry Potter” at 6 pm. After the talk, there will be a Harry Potter Trivia game. Both events will take place at Minihane’s in downtown Elkton.

 

For the teen crowd, come to Potter-Con! Make a wand, play quidditch, have some butterbeer. Costumes are definitely encouraged. Potter-Con will take place at Elkton Central Library on Nov. 17th, 4-6pm, and at Chesapeake City Branch Library on Nov. 29th, 4-6pm.

If you can’t make it to any of the events, stop by your nearest CCPL branch and pick up a Harry Potter DVD, book, or audiobook to remind yourself of why it’s one of the bestselling series of all time.


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