The Patchogue-Medford Library is your source for preventing the summer slide from happening. Did you know that teachers spend an average of 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching material that students have lost due to the summer slide? Reading 4 to 5 books during the summer can help students prevent low reading scores in the fall. Reading throughout the summer helps to keep reading skills fresh. The Library has summer reading clubs for all ages, from babies and toddlers through adulthood. Students who participate in summer reading return to school ready to learn, improve their reading skills, enjoy reading more, and become more confident in their reading skills. The key to having fun with summer reading is for students to select materials that they are interested in. Books, magazines, audio books, and e-books all count as READING. Another way for students to get the most out of summer reading is to talk about the stories they are reading. They can share stories they like with their friends and family. These people can support students by helping them to make sense of anything that seems unclear.
Here at the Patchogue-Medford Library, our current newsletter has a running theme of “empowerment.” Most people do not automatically think of children when they hear that word but childhood is a great place to start planting those tools into a child’s mind.
How can the Library encourage child empowerment? The ultimate keyword is: education. Through educating and nurturing the minds of our young patrons, we are empowering them for the future. The Library has a wide variety of programs for children that enable their development, from our earliest play programs for babies and toddlers to our STEM/STEAM programs for school-aged children, from our Student Success Series for homework help to our sensory friendly programs.
The 2017-2018 edition of our Guide To Nursery Schools is now available! This guide contains information for 19 local nursery schools and has proven very helpful to our patrons in past years. There are two physical copies available through our Children’s And Parents’ Services Department; one is a ready reference copy for use in the library, and one is available in our Parenting Collection for checkout. In addition to those copies, we have added a digital version of this guide to our library’s website for your convenience. This digital version is in PDF format and there is the option for patrons to print out single information sheets or the entire guide if they so choose. To access the digital Guide To Nursery Schools, please click here. It is also available under the “Youth Services” tab on the main homepage. I hope that this guide helps our patrons with the very important decision of where to send their child for their preschool learning experience.
Starting a do-it-yourself home improvement project can seem daunting, especially when there are young children in the house! The best way to make these projects fun instead of nerve-wracking is to involve the whole family. The Library provides a great resource for any of your home improvement needs, filled with ideas, tips, and guidelines for a wide variety of projects, called Home Improvement Reference Center. This database can be found through our homepage by clicking here and clicking on Home Improvement Reference Center. There is a whole section of Home Improvement Reference Center that is dedicated to sprucing up children’s rooms!