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Montgomery’s View: Early Literacy

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Montgomery's View | Programs & Events | Kids & Families

Early Literacy

Portland Public Library’s early literacy initiative Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library ® is a project of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Public Library Association (divisions of the American Library Association.) This parent education initiative stresses that early literacy begins with the primary adult in a child’s life. Developing early literacy skills has a long-term impact on children’s reading achievement and academic success.Print

Early literacy is what children understand about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. The building blocks of language and literacy form in the first three years of a child’s life. Early childhood experiences impact how a child’s brain will develop. Early literacy skills include:

  • Being interested in and enjoying books
  • Knowing the names of things, noticing letters and words, knowing how to handle a book, knowing how to follow words on a page
  • Being able to describe things and events and tell a story
  • Knowing that letters have names and sound different from each other
  • Hearing and playing with the smaller sounds in words

Reading, playing, talking, singing, and writing are the five practices that stimulate the growth of a child’s brain and make the connections that will become the foundation for reading.

  •  – Jerri Blatt , Early Literacy Librarian

Movie of the Month: The Kids Are All Right

posted: , by Patti DeLois
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Art & Culture

Brother and sister Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) have not one Mom, but two, to whom they refer plurally, as in, “Don’t tell Moms.”

What they’re not telling Moms is that they have sought out their biological father, the man whose donated sperm was used by both Moms so that Joni and Laser would be half-siblings.

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore play the Moms as a couple who have been together a long time–they seem stable, they are obviously committed, but over the years they have built up the kind of resentments that occur when couples become entrenched in the dynamics of their relationship. Nic (Bening) is tired of being the responsible one, but she’s too controlling to let it go; Jules (Moore) resents being cast as the screw-up but can’t seem to stop screwing up.

In a hilarious scene in which the Moms are expecting a different sort of disclosure,  Laser confesses that he has met his father, Paul (Mark Ruffalo) and wants to spend time with him. Enlightened as they are, the Moms agree to this, provided they can meet Paul. They invite him to a family dinner, during which he ends up hiring Jules to landscape his property.

Where things go from there I will not reveal, although I will say that, despite criticism from some viewers, nothing that happens seems out of character. In fact, what makes this movie so brilliant is the ensemble work of the cast, each of whom brings their character to life, creating a realistic family in all its lunacy, heartbreak, and humor.


For more movies about mothers, click here, and join us on Thursday evenings in May for our Mothers in the Movies series.

Montgomery’s View: cloudLibrary – It’s for kids too!

posted: , by Mary Peverada
tags: Library Collections | Montgomery's View | Kids & Families


cloudLibrary by Bibiotheca is the eBook and eAudiobook platform that is used at the Portland Public Library (and in libraries throughout the state of Maine.)  It is easy to use.  Downloading titles is simple.  Thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks are at your fingertips.  You will never accumulate late fees.  Your Portland Public Library card will give you access to this library of titles – including some purchased for our patrons.

Did you know that the cloudLibrary has titles for children?  This platform is not for our adult patrons only!  There are many children’s eBooks and eAudiobooks available for borrowing.  There are picture books, early readers, nonfiction, novels and graphic titles.  You will find Danny and the Dinosaur, Big Nate and Ramona.  Are you a fan of Little House on the Prairie or Harry Potter?  Both series are available in eAudiobook format.

The 2017-2018 Maine Student Book Award List has been revealed.  Many students read these titles during the summer months. You can easily get many of the titles on the cloudLibrary platform.  If you are going on vacation you will be able to take titles with you.  The Maine Student Book Award list has 45 titles this year and 38 of those titles are available in eBook format on the cloudLibrary.  If you prefer to listen to the books you will find 15 of the titles available in eAudiobook format.  It couldn’t be any easier to borrow these titles than signing up for the cloudLibrary today.

The holdings for children in the cloudLibrary do not stop with the Maine Student Book Award titles.  If you are looking for other reading choices – you will find them here.  From My Weird School to Rick Riordan titles and Lemony Snicket to Wings of Fire – the selection is wide.

Check out the cloudLibrary  today and sign up for an account.  You’ll be reading or listening to a new book in minutes.



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