Voorheesville Library Notes for Friday, May 16, 2014

The 2014 budget hearing for the Voorheesville Public Library will be held in the library community room on May 19, at 7 p.m., during the regular meeting of the board of trustees.

Story time

Preschoolers through second grade, come celebrate National Children’s Book Week with Miss Amy on Saturday, May 17, at 10:15 a.m. Miss Amy will share her favorite children’s books,  songs, rhymes and a fun art activity. 

Book club

This spring, librarian Debbie Sternklar will hold Middle School Book Club meetings at 2:30 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month. Books can be picked up and registration completed at the public library or the high school library where the club meets.  Refreshments will be served. We will be discussing Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer on May 22.

E-mail newsletter

The bookworm and e-mail will be combined into an electronic newsletter beginning June 1. If you would like to receive this e-newsletter, you can sign up on the library website. Go to www.voorheesvillelibrary.org and click on the small box labeled library email newsletter. 

Video game donations

The library is starting a videogame collection for children and tweens.  If you’d like to help get this project off the ground, we will be accepting donations of console videogames that you’ve outgrown or beaten.  Games not added to the library collection will be traded in to purchase needed titles.  Donation receipts are available on request.  

Join the friends

The friends of the library will be meeting at the library on May 30, at 10 a.m.  Joining the friends is just one way to support the library and all of the important programming that is made available throughout the year.  

Why is summer reading important?

Studies show that elementary aged children who don’t read regularly over the summer vacation lose a portion of their learned skills. This is called the summer slide. Here are some ideas to keep your kids reading once summer starts:

— 1. Match activities with books. If you’re going to the zoo, find some interesting animal books beforehand. Have tickets to a ballgame?  Find some books on a favorite player or team;

— 2. Show them it’s fun to read. Bring a paperback to the beach or read the paper each morning. Talk about what you’re reading and why you find it interesting; 

— 3. Visit the library. Most libraries have fun and educational summer reading programs. All libraries have staff to help you find appropriate titles for any age; and

— 4. Boredom often sets in once the glitter of vacation wears off. Books that teach kids how to make or do something are a great way to occupy them for hours, or even days. Check out what your library has to offer.