2021 Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program is happening this year! 

New this year:  Read and record your Library books at home, keeping track in your “passport”.  When you have read your 20 books and finished the program, you’ll go online to order your prize pack, choosing your prizes, shirt size, and pick up day and method.  Your prize pack may be picked up curbside or in the Library.

Curbside service is available, if you prefer, and all library materials must be returned in the drive-through book drop. 

 

The SRP began Saturday, May 22, 2021 and the absolutely-positively-no-kidding last day to pick up prizes is Saturday, July 31, 2021. Click here for more information.

 

Ology

If your students or homeschoolers love learning about the world, then they will love OLogy! OLogy is an interactive website created by the American Museum of Natural History that provides users with information about topics such as biology, human cultures, and Earth & space.

Users can simply click the menu button and choose a topic they want to explore. Each topic features videos, games, stories, hands-on activities, and quizzes. Choose any of the learning activities to learn more about the topic. For example, if your learner is interested in marine biology, they can read a story about a whale, learn about what they can do to protect the oceans, watch a video about colors in nature, and play a game that takes them to the bottom of the ocean. The content is geared toward K-5th graders.

There is also a section for educators that breaks down each of the hands-on activities by grade level.  OLogy has a partnership with ReadWorks, so this section features articles about science topics that are paired with vocabulary lessons and formative assessments for grades 2-12. Educators can click on the article for information about its intended grade level, word count, Lexile level, and ELA standards. Students will need to sign up and log in to access the articles.

Visit https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology or download the OLogy app for iPad.

Curbside Reminder

Since opening the Library this past week, we have loved seeing everyone enjoy being in the Library again. We just want to remind everyone that all of our curbside services are still available. Whether you don’t feel comfortable coming in to get your books yet, or you’re in a rush and having a librarian pick your books for you is easier, use our curbside pickup service to get your books. With the weather warming up, you can borrow a laptop from us to use in your car or our park for up to three hours at a time. We still encourage those who want to come in the library to do so, we just want to remind everyone of great curbside services we still offer.

If you have any questions about curbside please give us a call at

513-932-2665

Library Operations Update: March 15th, 2021

Starting Monday, March 15th, the Library will be opening for limited browsing and computer use.

*  Visits are limited to 45 minutes per patron per day.
*  Patrons aged 2+ are required to wear face masks and maintain a recommended social distance of 6′.
*  A limited number of computers will be available for web browsing and printing.
*  Computer users who require help need to bring an assistant.

There will be no meetings, tutoring, or studying in the Library at this time.

We will continue all curbside services: book and craft kit pick up, laptops, printing and faxing.

Our new hours will be:
Monday – Thursday 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00am – 4:30pm.

All returns must go in the Library parking lot book drop. Items renew automatically biweekly, up to 26 times, but will not renew if a Hold is on the item.  We do not charge overdue fines at this time.

Don’t forget – our park and parking lot have WiFi available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

If you have any questions about our hours or services, please give us a call at
513-932-2665.

Twinkl

Looking for themed resources to do with your students or homeschoolers? Twinkl offers tons of FREE themed resources, like worksheets, PowerPoints, and activity packs. You can search by grade level, special education, homeschool, and world languages.

Each tab is further divided by subject, such as ELA, holidays, standards, and STEAM. Once you have created your free account, you can browse the activities and “save for later.” It’s like Pinterest for educational resources.

The themes of these resources are unique and relevant. For the month of February, you can find resources about the Super Bowl, Chinese New Year, and Valentine’s Day. Once you search for the topic, a list of related searches pops up to help you find more relevant resources. The beauty of this website is that it offers original resources with themes you may not have thought to teach about, like Pancake Day or National Wildlife Week.

The website also offers other tools, like a like an image library and a library of original Twinkl books. The resources are endless!

Check out the website, create an account, save your ideas, and have fun implementing the activities! Go to https://www.twinkl.com/

Common Sense Education

 

Common Sense® has been providing valuable digital learning resources and information to families, educators, and students for the last 15 years. With the increase in distance learning, these resources have become even more valuable. In the Common Sense Education® section of their website, you can find a compiled list of 18 of the best tools for virtual and distance learning chosen by Common Sense®. The list includes apps and websites that will help teachers and at-home educators with lesson planning, virtual classroom creation, digital slideshows and video lessons, and more. Common Sense® provides a thorough review of each of the tools that includes the recommended grade levels, ratings, subjects, pros, and cons. It also describes how it could be used effectively and why it is good for learning.

Also on the list are two recommended apps for communication between teachers and parents. With so much uncertainty and the rapidly changing information we have been faced with over the past several months, clear communication is essential. The Remind App allows teachers to send mass messages to families to keep them updated and to stay connected. Similarly, Talking Points allows teachers and parents to stay in touch, but includes a translation feature to more effectively communicate with families who speak another language.

 

This page also links to the learning resources on Wide Open School, which is powered by Common Sense®. This page lists several resources on self-care, tips for families learning remotely, professional development and webinars, and many more helpful distance learning tips and tricks.

 

To access the Best Tools for Virtual and Distance Learning page, click this link: https://www.commonsense.org/education/top-picks/best-tools-for-virtual-and-distance-learning

To access Wide Open School, click this link: https://wideopenschool.org/families-and-teachers/for-teachers/#all/

Smithsonian Distance Learning

Smithsonian Learning Lab offers educators an organized list of education guides for all grade levels and core subjects on Google Sheets. The Google Sheets document is organized into tabs by topic. For the core subjects of English language arts, social studies/history, and science, each lesson plan provides the target grade band, topic, the name of the Smithsonian resource, the URL, and a description of the lesson. Additionally, each grade level K-8 has an individual tab that is organized into core curriculum topics studied in the fall, spring, and winter quarters in DC Public Schools. Each topic contains links to lesson plans from Smithsonian’s Learning Lab.

Spanish-speaking families can benefit from this Google Sheets document as well. Structured in a similar manner as the previously mentioned lesson plans and resources, the Spanish tab of this document is also categorized into subjects, which is then further broken down into grade band, topic, and link.

There is also a tab for tweens and teens to explore core subjects in addition to current events, maker activities, careers, and more. Caregivers of children in Pre-K-5th grade can access similar age-appropriate resources in the next tab.

This document is not just for school-age students. There is a tab for lifelong learners that lists resources for adults on current events, podcasts, and free online courses.

To access this document, visit this link: https://learninglab.si.edu/distancelearning

Click any of the links to the grade levels.
This will bring up the entire Google Sheets document.

For even more educational resources, click on the link to the full listing of Smithsonian resources or Smithsonian’s Affiliations’ network.

Education Reimagined

Many families have been faced with the challenge of distance learning since the start of the pandemic. Fortunately, Education Reimagined has an abundance of resources available in their “Distance Learning Resource Center” to help ease some of that school-related stress. This resource center contains a compiled list of online resources that families have found helpful during their distance learning journey.

For user convenience, the resources are organized by topic.

The resource center is straight forward and easy to navigate. Resources include tips for distance learning for families and teachers, information about coronavirus, tools for students with special needs, virtual museums, STEM activities, and so much more.

If you have found an online resource that has helped your family through this difficult time, the website allows you to submit your own entries to the list.

To access the list, visit this website:

https://education-reimagined.org/distance-learning-resource-center/

 

Newspapers in Education

With modern technology, physical newspapers are becoming obsolete in education. The value of the news in education, however, should not be obsolete. With Newspapers in Education, students can learn all of the valuable information from the news on a medium that is relevant to their modern technology needs. This website is completely free and is an excellent resource for students, teachers, and homeschool families in middle and upper grade levels.

To access the educational content on the Newspapers in Education website, visit www.nieonline.com and click on the gray box for lessons by grade-level.

On this page, you will see news-related lessons and activities in the core subjects, like an interactive map in Headline Geography, a leveled vocabulary lesson in Word in the News (which includes an elementary level), and a science webcast in Pulse of the Planet. The interactive activities, videos, and visuals appeal to students of all learning styles.

You can also choose to view a specific online newspaper that is managed by NIEonline. On the main page, sort through the references. For example, you may want to show students newspapers specific to Ohio, so you could choose Ohio Newspapers.

This will give students access to the news-related activities and lessons, but also to ePapers, like the Dayton Daily NewsSpringfield News-Sun, and Journal-News.

This website not only exposes students to the news and helps them comprehend the highlights, but can also be used to get them thinking critically and formulating opinions. This is the perfect way for students to understand what’s going on in their world!