Posts by Ms. A

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Ms. A. is the Early Learning Specialist in Kids’ World. She enjoys doing storytime, playing with her dog, and reading historical fiction.





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08/27/12
We’ve created a new page on the Kids’ World site to share information with you about our services and resources for children with special needs.  Take a look at our social story for young children.  You can use the story to help prepare your child for a visit to the library.  On the site, you’ll also find booklists, program descriptions, and helpful hints about searching our catalog for items that can meet your child’s needs.  Find the link at the bottom of the Parents’ page, or simply click here: http://ahml.info/kids/special_child_at_the_library
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08/21/12
The best thing you can do to help your child get ready to read is to read aloud to your child every day.  Shared reading is a great way for children to build early literacy skills.  Join us for storytime at the library the week of August 27 and check out this week's read-aloud recommendations:
 
Baby Time (Infants to 18 months): Clip-Clop
Toddler Time (19-35 months): Mama Cat has Three Kittens
Kids Time (ages 3-6): Bark George
Family Time (All kids through 6 years): Dimity Duck
 
Storytime is every other week.  For a complete schedule, visit our Kids' Program calendar
 
08/21/12
Special Child @ the Library is a semi-annual eNewsletter written by Kids’ World librarians.  Each issue will highlight resources, services, and programs that might be of particular interest to families of children with special needs.  To sign up, visit http://ahml.info/webform/enewsletter-signup.
08/08/12

Fall is right around the corner and many families are sending a kindergartner off to school for the first time.  Celebrate this important milestone with a trip to the library where your budding student can get his or her first library card!  Join us for the Kindergarten Party on Saturday, October 6 anytime between 1:00 and 3:00.  Do a scavenger hunt, have a snack, make a craft and enjoy a story.  Kindergartners will receive a free library card pouch.  Bring the whole family for fun and festivities!

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08/08/12

Are we missing the CD to your favorite kids’ show or movie?  We have music from Disney and Nickelodeon hits such as iCarly, A.N.T Farm, Lemonade Mouth, and more!  Let us know if we don’t have what you’re looking for by submitting a Purchase Suggestion.

07/09/12
My name is Nugget and there’s nothing I love more than a good story. That’s why I can’t wait for the next sessions of Paws to Read! Paws to Read is a fun library program where I get to listen to kids read aloud. Did you know that reading aloud to a dog can help improve your reading skills? What a great way to practice! Please visit me and my friends from Rainbow Assisted Therapy at the Arlington Heights Library on:
 
Tuesday July 10, 2:30-3:45
Wednesday July 11, 10:30-11:45
Lindsey Room
Ages 7-11, Register
 
Tags:  KW Main
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07/06/12
If your child does best in a small group setting, consider attending our Sensory Storytimes. In our Sensory Storytimes, there are fewer children, hands-on activities, and a lower noise level. You don’t need an AHML card to register!
 
On July 14, we’ll read I Spy Under the Sea, blow bubbles, play a parachute game, search for ocean animals in rice, make a craft, and test our balance with bean bags! Please join us in our “under the sea” adventures!
 
On August 12, we'll read I Love Bugs, play with bug puppets, and use rubbing plates to create our own bugs!  Come get creepy and crawly with us!
 
Sensory Storytime
Saturday July 14, 1:30-2:15
Sunday August 12, 1:30-2:15
Lindsey Room
Ages 3-7 with caregiver
This storytime is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and play. Ideal for children with autism or sensory processing issues or children who have difficulty sitting still. Please feel free to call 847-506-2620 if you’d like to tell us about your child or request special accommodations. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
 
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06/13/12
Did you know that audiobooks “count” as reading in our Summer Reading Program? That’s because librarians know something you might not; Listening isn’t cheating! There are great benefits to hearing stories read aloud. Audiobooks can help your child become a better reader.

• Hearing a book read aloud helps the story come alive. The narrators are very skilled with voices, sound effects, and dramatic emphasis. For example, actress Anne Hathaway narrates The Princess Diaries.  An audiobook might be the perfect way to hook your reluctant reader into books.

• Your child might be able to listen to a story that is more complex than he can read on his own. This will help him develop listening and comprehension skills, as well as introduce him to new vocabulary words and help stretch his imagination.

• How many times does your child hear the word, “façade” in everyday conversation? If he sees it in a book, will he be able to pronounce it correctly? Listening to audiobooks helps with pronunciation. It also helps improve understanding. What does it mean when a character responds “ruefully?” An audiobook can express the meaning of this word.

• Audiobooks provide a model of fluent reading and engaging storytelling. Listening to a great story read aloud gives children an example of how to become a better reader and can motivate them to read more.

To choose a great audiobook for your child or for your family to listen to together, ask a librarian for suggestions or visit the American Library’s Association’s award page for audiobooks. Enjoy!
 
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06/13/12
June 25 is Eric Carle’s birthday! Carle is the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, and many more! His newest book is called The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse. What’s your favorite Eric Carle book?

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