Library Commission Fosters Statewide Summer Reading Program
The summer reading program theme for 2002, Join the Winner's Circle @ your libraryTM, promises to be a winning program in Nebraska's public and school libraries. Librarians are encouraged to focus on many approaches to winning, including sports, friendship, personal triumph, and victory promoting imagination, character development, multiculturalism, and self-esteem. Promotional items will be shipped in March. It is possible to place supplemental orders directly through Highsmith, see www.highsmith.com, although many items may be unavailable.
The Library Commission will again offer videos to complement the summer reading program. The videos selected this year depict winning and winners in a variety of situations. Using videos as part of the summer program adds alternative formats to programs and may encourage reluctant readers to join in the fun. There is no limit on the number of videos that may be reserved and no charge for using the videos, only the postage for return. See the Library Commission home page for the video list, nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Children's Video List, or request a list from the Library Commission Reference/Information Services, 402-471-4016, 800-307-2665, e-mail: Ready. All six Regional Library Systems plan summer reading workshops for spring. Nebraska is a member of the Cooperative Summer Library Group, comprised of twelve states that share ideas and themes and cooperate to produce a reasonably-priced quality summer library program with materials that have high appeal to children.
Summer Clip Art Available
Clip art for Summer Reading Program 2002: Join the Winners Circle - Read is now available on the Library Commission home page at nlc.nebraska.gov, search on Join the Winner's Circle. The images can be used to design local promotional and incentive materials.
Commission Offers Reviews on the Web
The Nebraska Library Commission will provide audio access to the Children's and Young Adult book reviews on the Library Commission Web site. Library staff across Nebraska will be able to select the reviews by book title, hear the voice of the reviewer, and view the cover and sample format/pages. The reviews have traditionally been available on videotape and will continue to be available in this format, as well. While the reviews on the web page won't replace the tapes, they may have additional benefits for some users. Librarians can choose specific titles of interest and can learn about new books from any computer, rather than depending on access to a video player. The development of Book Reviews on the Web is partially funded through a grant from the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. A sample set of fifty titles is currently under development as a pilot, scheduled to be available on the Library Commission Web site this spring.
Library Commission Supports Conference Attendance for Sixty Librarians
Jim Trelease, author of the best-selling Read Aloud Handbook and noted promoter of reading aloud to young people, gave an inspiring presentation in November in Omaha. The day-long event was attended by five hundred librarians, educators, and parents. The Nebraska Library Commission financed the registration fee for sixty public librarians and many media specialists also attended. Trelease used statistical information and case studies to demonstrate that a love of stories and books is the best foundation for successful readers and for academic performance. He stressed that parents should read aloud to children from infancy through their teen years, even after they have learned to read by themselves. Reading aloud to children is a powerful opportunity for family bonding and communication.
Trelease's appearance celebrated the first Nebraska "Read Aloud to a Child Week." Governor Mike Johanns signed a proclamation designating this week of special activities. The Read Aloud Nebraska planning coalition, comprised of the Nebraska Library Commission, the Nebraska Department of Education, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and the Nebraska School Psychologists Association, is currently exploring the development of an ongoing organization to promote reading aloud to children.
"The workshop featuring Jim Trelease was just great. I want to express my thanks to the Commission for the opportunity to attend this without charge. It was a great program and I enjoyed it very much."