Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
This year's summer reading program is on line, and the majority of the student's Carmella is serving do not have access to a computer or the Internet at home or in summer camp. When Carmella asked the students at the YWCA Reid Park location if they recorded their reading time on their reading record, ALL of the students stated they did not have a computer at home. Carmella made sure she recorded what every student read, how long they read, and she will manually update each student's reading record. Outreach services creates opportunities and access.
Carmella Morrison in a rising senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is interested in pursuing her Master's Degree in Library Science. For more information on Outreach Services contact 704.416.0558 or visit http://www.cmlibrary.org/Youth/.
― C. JoyBell C.
Either by chance or circumstances the Outreach Department is changing. Two of our wonderful Outreach Specialist, Amy Kukla and Varanrat Torok have resigned and we are in the process of hiring new staff. Amy Kukla worked in Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for six years. She speared headed several initiatives which brought community awareness to the importance of early literacy. In 2007, Amy hosted a Community Literacy Envisioning Day. This event brought over fifty community leaders together to take ownership and become involved in early literacy in Charlotte. Other initiatives Amy worked on was the Born Reader Program, which puts books and literacy information in the hands of families with new born babies. The Born Reader is a collaborative project with Carolina Medical Center and Presbyterian Hospital. The book shelf programs have created literacy rich waiting rooms in several community agencies such as Department of Social Services and WIC offices. Amy leaves the library knowing she has touched the lives of thousands of children and families as she connected them with books and information that will last throughout their education and beyond!
Miss Varanrat Torok was more than a staff member, she was a force of energy. Though she will be remembered for many wonderful community programs, especially her technology programs that supported literacy and workforce development to English language learners, she will be known for her amazing photographer and her ability to capture the library's key messages with phenomenal pictures. Just this year, Varanrat put a face with our new adult summer reading program. Many of her pictures were used in the library's strategic plan document, not to mention the authors, festivals and events she photographed over the years.
Many thanks to Varanrat and Amy for their years of dedication to the department, organization and community. They definitely left big shoes to fill, but we are excited about filling them. We are ready to get back in the community, expand our services and continue to meet the needs of those who can't get into our building for services and resources.
We are ready to live, grow and go with the changes! We are exposed, open and I am ready to throw myself into the next chapter. And guess what Charlotte, I'm taking you with me! Stay Tuned!
|Amy Kukla and the Read to Me Charlotte Book Shelf Project|
|Author Christopher Buckley by Varanrat Torok|
Monday, June 11, 2012
Ms. Monroe was the first and only member of her family to graduate from high school and she is a self taught writer. She never attended college or any writing classes. She is an extremely talented writer and her books are available at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. (standard, large print and audio)
Ms. Monroe's visit summed up several activities the library provided for Older American Month. Check out our website to find and participate in other senior friendly programs and activities.
Monday, May 14, 2012
See lion/dragon dance, Indian dance and participate in hands-on activities and games, make Chinese masks, Rangoli and more.
Come dress in your favorite Asian costume for a photo shoot. We will be giving out prizes to anyone who comes dressed in an Asian costume.
Come and celebrate with us!!!
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
|Shamrock Senior Center|
Thursday, March 15, 2012
April 27, 2012 4:00 Black Forest Books and Toys
April 28, 2012 12:00 ImaginON
Visit Alma Flor Ada’s website at http://almaflorada.com. For more information on “El día de los niños / El día de los libros,” visit http://dia.ala.org.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
(Six Skills to Five Practices)
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Outreach Team with few others CML staff members who involve in Jumpstart project attended the Every Child Ready to Read – New Conversations on Research, Relationships and Partnerships Webinar led by Elaine Meyers, a Consultant from King Ferry, New York last Thursday March 8th at Beatties Ford Road Regional Library.
Here are five simple practices that parents and children can enjoy together;
Children learn about language by listening to parents talk and joining the conversation.
Books are wonderful conversation starters and learn new words.
Songs are a natural way to learn about language. Singing (and rhyming increase children’s awareness or sounds in words. This also helps prepare children to decode print.
Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning.
Children learn about language through different kinds of play such as pretend or dramatic play. Children learn best when they’re having FUN!
One skill--Many practices
One practice – Many skills
Five simple yet powerful practices for the six skills for example talking with children helps develop all six skills featured in ECRR 1st Edition: print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, narrative skills, and print motivation.
These practices can easily be integrated into everyday activities to help children learn early literacy skills.
To become successful readers, children need to learn a code and understand its meaning.
Decoding is noticing print, knowing letter names and sounds and hearing the sounds that make up words.
You can learn more about ECRR 2nd Edition at www.everychildreadytoread.org
Friday, March 2, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
|Ms. Moton did learn how to let up on the keys!|
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A bit of history...The Outreach Department provides programs and services to patrons who cannot use our facilities in a traditional manner and partnering with Mecklenburg County Senior Center is a perfect fit. We offer regular literacy programs at the Shamrock facility on Willard Farrow Drive. The Willard Farrow location serves a diverse population, which includes seniors from Russia, Asia and Latin America. Twice a month, Irania Patterson visits the facility and offers programs in Spanish. In our quest to understand our patrons needs, she presented our Library by Mail service to the group and twenty-five qualified people signed up for the service! Within a week of processing the applications, books were mailed as requested. Even though our Library by Mail coordinator, Connie Ellington does not speak Spanish, she was able to pick up key words from the applications and mail patrons books and other material. One recipient was so excited about reading Spanish language books, she insisted on coming to the Library to thank Connie. The patron was over joyed to read her books. She said (translated) "I wanted that book for years. I love the books and the service, thank you so much. I did not have anything to read until the books came in the mail!" She kissed and hugged the staff before she left. We hope to replicate this service for other patrons at the facility.
We recently learned that the transportation service used to bring the seniors to the facility has been cut and many seniors will not be able to participate in the social and educational opportunities that are part of the nutrition program. The Library by Mail program will serve an important role in keeping the seniors connected to community resources as well as keeping them engaged through reading. Both aspects are important for healthy aging and life long learning. To learn more about our Library by Mail program visit www.cmlibrary.org.