For little ones new to reading, literacy practice includes forming letters, learning letter names and sounds, and word recognition. With these fun apps, sites, and games, kids can trace letters on the tablet screen, identify letter names and sounds, and match words to their images.
I’ve done it! I’ve finally used an app at storytime – and it went really well! First off, I have to thank fellow intrepid storytimers, because I used their suggestions and formats. That’s what sharing is all about, isn’t it? I used the Animal Sounds app as suggested by Anne Hicks. I used it as a game after we read Simms Taback’s Farm Animals, which is a fun “guessing the animals” book. The app flowed naturally after this book, as it was a guess-the- animal game, too...
There's an overwhelming number of paid apps for kids to choose from, but which ones are worth shelling out for? Here are some fun and educational apps for 3- to 4-year-olds that'll give you the best bang for your buck -- and you won't feel guilty about letting your kid use them.
Author Louise Erdrich, whose writings chronicle contemporary Native American life through characters representing its mix of heritages and cultures, was announced Sunday as the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's distinguished achievement award.
There’s a state-of-the-art structure nearing completion in the heart of historic downtown Halifax. The new Halifax Central Library is an impressive five-story building that can’t be missed. Rightly named as one of CNN Style’s “10 eye-popping new buildings you’ll see in 2014,” the design features a glass façade and an impressive cantilever—the overhanging structure jutting off the rooftop—offering expansive views of the city.
It is being billed as the “city’s living room.” Its rooftop patio offers stunning views of Halifax harbour. There is a 300-seat theatre, two cafes, gaming stations, two music studios, dedicated space for adult literacy, a First Nations reading circle and boardrooms for local entrepreneurs. Oh, and it will lend books, too.
The studios, which enable students to produce professional quality presentations and green screen recordings by simply plugging a flash drive into a USB port and pressing a single button, were initially launched in February 2012. Usage has grown rapidly ever since.
Who will be Canada's next great writer? We're keeping an eye on these 12 contenders. From poets to playwrights, meet the 12 rising CanLit stars who make up the 2014 edition of CBC Books' Writers to Watch.
The necessity of saying “no” to so many aspiring authors was what initially inspired me to host a local author fair. Once I promoted the idea, finding authors was not a problem. In fact, I had to stop accepting applications when we reached 40, the maximum number of wordsmiths that could be accommodated comfortably in the library garden.
L'IFLA, Fédération Internationale des Associations de Bibliothèques, parle peut-être « d'une seule voix », selon les mots de sa présidente, mais les situations des bibliothèques du monde ne sont pas égales. Crise économique et restrictions des budgets acculent les établissements, qui doivent donner le change face aux instances financières de leurs gouvernements. De nouveaux arguments émergent, comme le rôle social des bibliothèques.
Librarians all over the country are using their expertise to help their colleagues navigate the world of apps. The linked resources below offer useful lists of apps curated on a theme or for a specific audience.
One of the things I missed in my early days in America was the European style cafe. Not for the coffee, but the community spirit. I soon discovered a place that filled that void: the local library. It offered a sense of a community center plus a broad selection of books [...]
For fans seeking a more interactive and adorably competitive experience with the author’s novels, an artist has created 'Haruki Murakami Bingo', a tongue-in-cheek 'game' that collects the various idiosyncrasies and recurring elements that have popped up in most of Murakami’s 13 novels and many short stories.
...I'm so excited today to introduce our very special guest, Jayne Entwistle, audiobook narrator and actress. The first time I heard Jayne's narrative voice was in her reading of Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I loved the book, and then had a chance to listen to the audiobook--and I was captivated by Jayne's amazing talent. Since then, I've listened to all of Jayne's recordings of the books in the wonderful Flavia de Luce series. Each time, I'm completely enchanted and thoroughly entertained...
In light of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio's push to open 33,000 PreK spots in NYC, the Queens Library Woodhaven branch will offer, for the first time, a PreK class for 18 kids starting this September.