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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

Riverton Knits!

posted: , by Sarah Skawinski
tags: Knitting | Knitting Group | Library Collections | Programs & Events | Recommended Reads | Riverton | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Art & Culture

knittersThe Riverton Knitting Group has been meeting since 2012 to create, collaborate and converse. The group ranges from experienced, long-time knitters to first-time fiber enthusiasts. In addition to working on their own projects, members of the group knit hats, mittens and scarves to donate to local charities every December.

The group is always open to like-minded “yarnies” who are looking to share their love for the craft. You can find more information on the Riverton Knitting Group page.

knitting-photoPPL’s dedicated staff knitters are in tune with the local fiber scene and are always looking for new inspiration. One of their favorite sources is the PPL collection!

Our staff put together the booklist “Wool and Wonder: Fabulous Fiber Arts” to share their top picks with you.

Keep knitting, Portland!

 

 

 

 


Resources for Writers at PPL

posted: , by Hazel Koziol
tags: Library Collections | Online Services | Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Art & Culture | Careers & Jobs
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National Novel Writing Month, or the snappily abbreviated NaNoWriMo, is well under way all over the world. For seventeen years, November’s thirty days have been embraced by budding novelists eager for a challenge: write 50,000 words, or an average of 1,666 words every day of the month. More than 400,000 participants have created free profiles on the official NaNoWriMo website, a hub for literary wisdom and inspiration, networking, and digital badge incentives. Maybe you are already participating, or maybe you’ll mark next year’s calendar, but either way, check out what PPL is doing to encourage and empower independent authors in our community.

SELF-e is a discovery platform designed to expose self-published ebooks to more readers through the public library. Authors submit their ebooks through a simple online form and decide if they’d like their book to go to libraries in their state with books from other local indie authors and/or to Library Journal to be evaluated for possible inclusion in a curated, national product.

PPL hosts a monthly Writers’ Meet-Up on second Thursday evenings. This is an opportunity to get feedback on short excerpts of your work and to be inspired by fellow writers. Or, if you’re feeling a little stuck and have nothing to share just yet, maybe you’d like to join the monthly journaling group at PPL. This is a supportive environment for creative, reflective writing, with the options to follow prompts and to share work.

Finally, of course, we have books! You might find inspiration anywhere—from poetry to picture books to local history—but here is a list of titles that specifically address the art of writing. Happy NaNoWriMo and here’s to the year-round pursuit of the written word!

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