On May 31st we held an open forum for teens, parents, caregivers and educators on the topic of suicide and 13 Reasons Why. Experts from NAMI Maine, SARSSM, YAAPP, and others were on hand to discuss the Netflix series and the YA novel it is based on. The story revolves around a 17 year old girl, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide. She leaves behind audio recordings to 13 people she perceives as playing a role in her suicide.
Due to the realistic and graphic depictions presented, we wanted to create a resource library for parents, teens, caregivers, and educators to refer to. We will update this list as needed.
PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY RECEIVES $50,000 GRANT FOR HEALTH INFORMATION INITIATIVE
Portland Public Library (PPL) is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). These funds will support programs to bridge the gap in access to health information for our patrons, focusing on the most vulnerable members of our community — teens, immigrants and refugees, and patrons experiencing homelessness.
As part of the grant, Portland Public Library staff will receive training on an online resource called Medline Plus. We will offer workshops, community discussions, and direct interaction with health professionals and organizations, in order to build awareness around health information resources and provide opportunities for deeper engagement around the issues most critical to our community.
All library programs are free and open to the public. Some programs have limited spots and will require registration. A complete listing of all library events can be found on our website. You may also request information by calling the reference desk at 871-1700 x725.
The What’s Next series, by New Readers Press, is a unique multilevel phonics approach for English Language (ESL/ELL) Students. What’s Next? are easy-to-read stories that follow Samsam, a Somali immigrant, through her daily life in the U.S. where she is faced with learning English, finding a job, visiting a doctor, and more. Each level contains the same story which makes it ideal for multilevel teaching.
Every lesson in What’s Next? takes learners through listening, speaking, writing, vocabulary, prediction, and reading comprehension exercises. Phonics instruction is a core part of each lesson, and students acquire new vocabulary with both phonics and sight word practice.
Research-based, phonemic awareness listening practice sets this multilevel series apart from other English language learning products. Each lesson introduces target vowel and consonant sounds, blends, endings, and 10 sight words. Learners first focus on the story as a whole, then work on the phonics and sight words, and finally return to the whole story again to access comprehension and learning.
Students practice beginning and ending consonant sounds, complete exercises, and learn new word families. The Teacher’s Guide includes lesson plans and reproducible masters for each lesson.
Audio files for each story are recorded at two speeds for learners in a multilevel classroom. Download FREE audios on this page.