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Published on Friday, May 25, 2012

Book cover for J. M. Coetzee's DisgraceThe West End Book Club will meet to discuss Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee on Tuesday, June 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor.  Copies are available at the Information Desk.

All Books $1.00

Published on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Image of man carrying booksPlease join us for the Friends' used book sale to be held Saturday, June 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Browse through thousands of used books in all categories: mysteries, classics, romance, sci-fi and more.  DVDs and an abundance of videotapes and CDs also will be available.  Everything must go!

The sale is a community-based event, and all proceeds benefit the West End Neighborhood Library and its services to the community.  Mark your calendars to come and support our library!

Published on Monday, May 21, 2012

apple pie treeEarly Literacy Tip:

Published on Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Long school day!? Need to relax and have some fun?

Stop by the West End Library every Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a tween & teen movie screening of the most popular and newest movie releases. 

Book Club Pick of the Month/with film

Published on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Image of Connecticut Yankee and knightThe West End Book Club will meet to discuss A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain on Tuesday, May 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the small reading room on the second floor. Copies of the book are available at the Information Desk.

Published on Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Early Literacy Tip:
Print Motivation: Having an interest in and an enjoyment of books.
Read your child's favorite book again and again. Sometimes as you read, pause and ask your child if they understand the story, if not, explain.

Baby/Toddler Story Time
The Monster At The End Of This Book

Published on Monday, April 23, 2012

Early Literacy Tip:
Read aloud with your child every day. Talk about the stories you read to make them more meaningful to your child. Children will learn about books and print, for example: we read the words, rather than the pictures, from left to right, and from the front of a book to the back. Print Concepts

Books We Read:
     Fiddle-i-fee by Jakki Wood
     Mary Wore a Red Dress and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers by Merle Peek

Published on Saturday, March 24, 2012

Whole Green WorldBabysitter singsEarly Literacy Aside: You may have noticed when I read the book that I not only pointed to the pictures but also to the words. The words are so distinct. It is as if they are part of the artwork. Pointing to the words as well as the pictures helps your child focus on the print. They can see that pictures and words represent real things, part of print awareness, one of the six early literacy skills that will later help them to read.

Published on Saturday, March 24, 2012

Early Literacy Aside: Singing songs together not only helps with phonological awareness, hearing sounds, but they also are an enjoyable way to start developing expressive language, talking! Young children repeat what we say. This is the first step for them to express their own thoughts. Songs like this one, Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, have a repeated phrases which makes it easier for toddlers to learn. Let’s try it.
    Song: "Five Little Monkeys"
    Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
    One fell off and bumped his head.
    Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
    “No more monkeys jumping on the bed.”
    Repeat for 4, 3, 2, 1
    (For babies, bounce child to the rhythm. For older children, use five fingers to represent the monkeys and make appropriate actions.)

Book Club Pick of the Month

Published on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Image of Titanic sinkingThe West End Book Club will meet Tuesday, April 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the small meeting room on the second floor to discuss A Night to Remember by Walter Lord -- the definitive, classic tale of the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago.  Copies are available at the reference desk.