Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Children's Book Week

Children’s Book Week occurs during the month of November, and it gives us a chance here at the library to highlight parts of the children’s collection that we think should be better known to our patrons. This month at the Central Library we have created a display case in the main lobby that features some of our new non-fiction books for upper elementary school age children.
While library and school projects are usually about researching information, we wanted to call some attention to what we think is the equally important other side of the coin: how students can develop the skills needed for presenting information and ideas in a way that effectively communicates to others what a student has learned. It’s something that they are called upon to do every day in school, but involves developing a set of skills that are not often taught as a formalized part of the curriculum. So part of our display features a collection of award winning books on developing writing skills: narrative writing, poetry writing, writing reports, how to effectively write for the new forms of Internet and electronic communication, how to keep personal journals, polemical writing, and how to write in different types of literary genres.
The other half of our display features new resources for students trying to organize concepts and data for school science fair projects. These projects are assigned so that students can demonstrate their knowledge of certain scientific ideas and principals. In our collections they will find experiment ideas organized into books on specific topics: experiments on air and flight, light and sound, electricity, the properties of matter, and forensic science to name just a few. Providing these resources is just one way that your public library can help supplement what is taught in school and work with teachers in helping to create students who not only know a subject well but have the skills to teach and communicate that knowledge to others.

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