The Best Way to Read to Your Child

January 30th, 2017

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“Screen-time” has now been replaced by “media use” and is the term experts use to describe the amount of time a person looks at/uses media.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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Local Author David Teague to Visit

February 22nd, 2016

Henry Cicada's Extraordinary Elktonium Escapade by David TeagueIf you have children in elementary or middle school, especially those who are aspiring writers, we have a program that you don’t want to miss. Join us at the Elkton Central Library on February 25th at 4:00 p.m. to meet local author David Teague.

David Teague is the author of several children’s and middle grade books. After finding a niche in storytelling with his kids at bedtime, David began his career by writing picture books. David’s first book, Franklin’s Big Dreams, features a boy named Franklin who cannot sleep. Why, you ask? Because night after night, a construction crew enters his bedroom and starts building railroads, canals, and runways. In an interview about his book, David admits that his idea stemmed from a recurring dream he had as a child. While attempting to fall asleep, David often heard the rumbling of the trains from his bedroom. However, while David’s dreams never led him to the end of the tracks, he wanted to give Franklin the chance to investigate the mystery and follow the path out of his bedroom.

After the success of his first book, David published a second picture book, The Red Hat. He then decided to collaborate with his wife, Marisa de los Santos, on his next two novels. Marisa is the author of several adult books including Belong to Me and The Precious One. What happens when you mix together an adult novelist and a picture book writer? You get middle grade books. David and Marisa’s first collaborative effort was Saving Lucas Biggs, which features a mix of historical fiction and time travel. The novel received critical acclaim and is a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee for 2015-2016. The couple then paired on Connect the Stars, which was published in September of 2015. When asked about how this collaboration works, David and Marisa note that planning is key. For Saving Lucas Biggs, for example, David wrote the chapters told from the perspective of a 13-year-old boy, and Marisa wrote the chapters told by a 13-year-old girl. This partnership succeeded in producing two books for middle grade readers that are heartwarming, beautifully written, and feature quirky characters that cannot help but make readers laugh.

On January 19th, 2016, just in time for his visit to our library, David Teague released his newest novel, Henry Cicada’s Extraordinary Elktonium Escapade. This is David’s first solo middle grade book, and it has already received 4.2 out of 5 stars on Goodreads from readers of advanced copies. Henry Cicada is a wacky adventure novel that features a tween, Henry, whose mother invented a luminescent green metal called Elktonium. After a run-in with this metal, Henry discovers a telepathic connection to a girl named Lulu. While this sounds exciting enough on its own, Henry soon learns that Lulu is in trouble, and Henry is the only one who can help her.

By the way, did you notice anything about David’s title? The curious metal, Elktonium, is named after our very own town of Elkton! David spent time in Elkton as a child and references our great town in his newest book.

Want to know more about David? He currently lives in Wilmington, DE with his wife, Marisa, his two teens, Charles and Annabel, and their two Yorkies, Huxley and Finn. David plays the violin, loves The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, and teaches literature at the University of Delaware.

To register for this free program, please click here or call 410-996-5600 ext. 481.


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