17 December 2007

Celebrate Newbery Award Books!

You can take the NEWBERY CHALLENGE starting any time!
· It’s a good thing to do.
· Families and individuals have taken the challenge!
· Get a cool metal bookmark for the 1st 10 books you read.

· Add a special bead on your bookmark for every 10 books you read.
· Get rewarded with valuable Northfield merchants coupons!
· Have fun– and read some good books!
· Come to bi-monthly book discussion groups and talk about the books you have read.
· Take your time reading the books, there is no time limit!
When you compete all the books– you will get your name on a plaque honoring your accomplishment!

Here is a great website that features the award winners including audio descriptions of the books. Click here!

11 December 2007

View model train pictures!

Over 1,250 people came to the library during Winter Walk to see the trains! We owe a BIG THANK YOU to the dedicated volunteers who bring their trains in. THANKS TO ALL!

Literacy Grants Awarded!

The Northfield Early Childhood Initiative Coalition and the Northfield
Rotary announce the recipients of their early literacy mini-grant program. The mini-grants are to encourage projects that relate to the mission of the coalition and will benefit the community.

The funded projects include;

Diana Tallent with Booker, the Northfield Book Bus for the project "Everyone Reads Together" where special story times will include a small musical instrument and a book for every daycare Booker visits.

Stephanie Rezac with Northfield Head Start will purchase books to supplement their "Hey! Read to Me" curriculum.

Rochelle Thorman from St. Dominic's Pre-school will purchase a set of ABC books with flannel board sets, CD's and writing sheets.

Carrie Duba with Northfield Early Childhood Screening/School Readiness will use the grant to create literacy packs for every pre-kindergarten (ages 3-5) child in Northfield.

Mary Madison from Open Door Nursery School will create "Turn off the TV-Open a Book" packet including the book Squiggle for every child attending ODNS.

The advisory board of the Northfield Early Childhood Initiative Coalition was impressed with the variety and creativity of the grant applications. Co-chairs Katie Clark and Scott Parker "were thrilled to be able to make things happen." And they look forward working with the Northfield Rotary and continuing the early literacy mini-grant program.