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Children's Librarian Shares the Benefits of Storytime September 1, 2015

It’s that season again – as Summer Reading Club members get their medals and prepare for school, and libraries throughout the ORL gear up to begin fall storytimes for children five and under. And having served as a children’s librarian for almost three decades, the ORL’s Linda Youmans wants parents to understand the many benefits of storytime at the library.

“The live interaction of storytime, where we use songs and puppets and books, is still valid and perhaps even more important in this age of technology. It offers an opportunity to socialize for both children and adults,” Linda explains. “For many toddlers it is their first chance to be in a group and they learn to share, have fun and make friends.”

Linda lists these benefits of storytime participation:

  1. Literacy – storytimes help children learn words and sequences of words, and concepts such as cause and effect; stimulates interest in language and communication.
  2. Movement – storytime activities help with hand-eye coordination and movement to sound.
  3. Socialization for children – being in a group helps children meet and get along, and how to focus; decreases separation anxiety.
  4. Socialization for parents – an opportunity to meet mothers and fathers with children of similar age; provides special bonding time with individual children.
  5. Training for parents – storytime staff show, by example, what types of books are good to read with children and how to use other activities such as songs, puppets and finger plays to enhance stories.

Fall storytimes throughout the ORL start during September, as well as special pyjama storytimes in the early evening, Lego clubs and grandparents’ storytimes. All are free and open to the public; some branches require registration due to limited space. To find out about storytime programming at your local library, visit their branch page or call.

Increase Your Digital Literacy at Personalized Tech Training Sessions August 28, 2015

Having basic proficiency in computers and Wifi-enabled devices is becoming increasingly important in our daily lives, yet learning to use technology can be intimidating for new users. To address this, the ORL will be conducting free personalized technology training at its libraries throughout this fall. Anyone can sign up to join a 45-minute session to spend with a library staff member trained in the use of various devices and computer programs; classes are capped at three participants so each learner will have the opportunity for one-on-one assistance.

Armstrong library’s Community Librarian Julie White has witnessed the need for digital literacy firsthand.

“We often get asked to help with things like uploading or downloading pictures, post a classified ad, or reserve airline tickets or hotels”, she says. “But these kinds of tasks can be very confusing without knowledge of how to use a computer or Wifi device, or understanding tech terminology.”

Time-allowing, ORL staff are always happy to assist customers, and these personalized tech training sessions will also help customers understanding of how to use today’s technology.

“It can definitely enhance one’s life with learning some basic proficiency. My favourite example is being able to Skype the grandkids”, White adds.

ORL staff will be conducting personalized tech training sessions at library branches from Golden down to Osoyoos beginning September 1 until October 30. Call or visit your local library branch to find out about training sessions in your area and to register, or check their branch webpage. The Salmon ArmVernon and downtown Kelowna branches offer basic technology help throughout the year, contact the library branch to find out when the help is offered.


Lego at the Library: Building Blocks of Creativity August 18, 2015

Each month dozens of boys and girls meet up at libraries throughout the ORL region, not to read or listen to storytime, but to play with Lego! The interlocking blocks were invented in Denmark over 50 years ago and the company's name translates to “play well”. Despite the rise of digital devices and games, the hands-on creativity of Lego remains popular with both boys and girls with most attendees in the 6-9 age group.

Kim Klonteig, Assistant Community Librarian at the Mission branch runs a popular Lego Builders Club.

“Parents tell me that when they buy Lego kits in stores, the children end up making the piece according to directions and then don’t want to take it apart. Whereas here at the library we have so much bulk Lego it’s all about their imaginations. And it also helps the kids develop their fine motor skills.”

Klonteig adds that the participants are very diligent, often working together to help one another find just the right block and come up with names for their creations. The Lego masterpieces are then put on display until the next session when they have to be taken apart.

“We do take photos and keep a weblog so children can see their creations online. It really gives them a sense of accomplishment.”

Several libraries in the Okanagan Regional Library system will be starting or re-starting their Lego programs during the school year including Peachland, Mission, Salmon Arm, Westbank, Vernon, Rutland, Lake Country, Lumby, and Osoyoos. Check with these branches for more information.

Introducing the eReading Room for Kids! August 18, 2015

The ORL eBooks collection now features an eReading Room for Kids! Much like the children’s area of the library, the eReading Room provides a safer searching and browsing experience for kids when they are looking for eBooks and eAudiobooks. The eReading Room for Kids site filters the overall ORL eBooks collection to show Children’s content only. Other than that, the browsing and borrowing procedures and policies are just the same as for the ORL eBooks collection. Great for those days you can't make it to the library! You can find the eReading Room for Kids here.

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