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ORL's Card Contest Winning Designs! February 5, 2016

Artists and graphic designers from throughout the BC Southern Interior responded to our call for a new library card design, and after a difficult adjudication process, we are happy to unveil the winning creations.

“With over 130 entries, it was next to impossible to only choose four designs as we’d originally promoted, so there will be six new library card designs for our members and new customers to choose from,” says Marla O’Brien, Public Relations and Fundraising Manager for the ORL.

The winners are:

 

 

  • Bernie Ramis – card featuring Ogopogo
  • Laura Schretlen – card featuring sunset valley view
  • Don Ferguson – cards featuring the rocket ship and the “Read Every Day” slogan
  • Anne-Marie Estrada – card featuring the books in a graphic format
  • Jocelyn Wilson – card featuring the globe in one’s hands

Judging was done by ORL staff using a combination of popular vote plus emphasis on diversity of visual look, method of creation, and appeal to a broad range of age and gender. The judging was done blind with no identifiers so there was no basis on gender or residence of the artist. 

The designs are now being readied for print and should be available in the ORL’s 29 branches by mid-late March. The new cards will include key tags and have barcodes pre-printed on the back, so members who wish to change their old card for a new design will be assigned a new barcode. The ORL Board agreed to waive the typical $2 replacement fee for six months so everyone who wants a new card for their wallet can get one free. And as always, cards are free to new members who live in, or own property or a business, in the ORL region.

Story Time - Illiteracy’s Kryptonite January 27, 2016

In honour of Canada’s National Family Literacy Day on January 27, let’s hear from Salmon Arm Branch’s Youth Services Librarian,  Ardie Burnham, about the importance of story time:

I love story time! Truth be told, I have always loved it. I loved the bedtime story rituals of my childhood. I loved listening to my school librarian read stories when I was in elementary school, and I loved taking my niece and nephew to story time at my local library as an adult. Imagine my delight when I learned that reading aloud positively influences a child’s early literacy.

In 2006, Dr. Dana Suskind did a study on deaf children who had their hearing restoredi. Suskind learned that the more parents talked with their child, the more their child’s vocabulary grew.  In fact, she discovered that there was a 30 million word gap between those with high exposure to language and those with low exposure. This shows us that spoken words play a significant role in the development of our children.

Story time is like kryptonite to childhood illiteracy. The simple act of reading stories aloud automatically helps children with six early literacy skillsii.

For example, by reading to children, we help build their vocabulary (1. Vocabulary Development). Exposing children to stories shows them that the funny squiggles on a page have meaning and purpose (2. Letter Knowledge). Listening to a story helps children see that words have sounds and rhythms (3. Phonological Awareness). This, in turn, helps build a love of the printed word (4. Print Motivation). When we read to children, they learn how to hold a book by watching us (5. Print Awareness), and they learn how to share events from their day by listening to the way stories unfold (6. Narrative Skills).

Story time truly is a powerful tool on the road to literacy.

How can we make story time more effective for children? Here are three helpful tips:

  • Show children how to act during story time. They learn by watching us. If we sit and listen during a story or sing and dance during a song, children will copy our behaviour.
  • Point out words or letters to children while reading. This will help build letter knowledge and print motivation.
  • Talk about what is happening in the story or about the pictures on the page. Ask questions and take the time to answer questions. Stories can be great conversation starters. 

So get reading with your child and attend Story Time programs at your local library. By doing this, you will build those six early literacy skills and crush childhood illiteracy. 

 

 

i) Bayliss, Sarah. “Closing the 30 Million-Word Gap.” School Library Journal. http://www.slj.com/2015/07/standards/early-learning/closing-the-30-million-word-gap-up-front/.

ii) Peterson, Shelley Stagg. “Preschool Early Literacy Programs in Ontario Public Libraries.” Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research. 7.2 (2012): Web. 12 February 2015. https://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/article/view/1961/2623#.VNzgl090z3g

Celebrate Family Literacy Week at the ORL January 20, 2016

BC-wide Family Literacy Week is celebrated January 23 to 30, 2016 in conjunction with Canada’s national Family Literacy Day on January 27. During this time, many ORL Branches are hosting special family events to encourage and celebrate reading together and its many benefits.

Research provides strong evidence for the contribution parent-child interaction makes to children’s literacy and language development; when parents are more involved and engaged, children tend to do better academically and socially. Unfortunately in B.C., one in four children is “developmentally vulnerable” when beginning kindergarten and four in 10 youths aged 15 have insufficient reading skills.

ORL librarians know that making literacy fun and interactive is key to promoting reading success in families. Branches throughout the ORL’s area have created special programs celebrating family literacy. All activities are free and drop-in, except where noted.

 

At the Vernon Branch, the fun begins on Saturday, January 23 with a puppet show at 10:30 a.m. and a Disney’s Frozen Party at 2 p.m. Storytimes take place at 3:30 p.m. each day from Tuesday, January 26 to Friday, January 29.

At the Salmon Arm Branch in Piccadilly Mall, the Friends of the Library Book Sale coincides with Family Literacy Week. Pick up inexpensive reads and support programs at the library at the sale outside the library entrance on Friday, January 29 from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday, January 30 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Armstrong Branch has three “Unplug and Play” family events.  On Saturday, January 23 at 2 p.m. is "Unplug and Create: Family Art Project," a time for the whole family to create their own art piece.  All materials are provided.   "Unplug and Colour," is a drop in program for all ages on Friday, January 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your own books and crayons, or use the ones provided by the library.  "Unplug and Play Make Believe: Say What?” is a fun and funny imagination game on Saturday, January 30 at 2 p.m. 

In Kelowna, the week kicks off with an “Unplug and Play” party at the Laurel Packinghouse on Saturday, January 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are multiple storytimes scheduled for babies and toddlers throughout the week at the downtown Kelowna Branch on Ellis Street, as well as a Pyjama Storytime on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required for the “Crazy Cool Cities” LEGO Builders Club on Thursday, January 28; contact the branch at 250-762-2800, Ext. 2823 for times.

The Mission Branch is hosting an “Unplug and Play” colouring session for adults on Saturday, January 30.

The Westbank Branch has many activities scheduled this week such as making monster origami bookmarks on Saturday, January 23 at 3:30 p.m., a skipping demonstration by the Black Widow Rope Spinners on Monday, January 25 at 4 p.m., animal and shape yoga on Wednesday, January 27 at 3:30 p.m., as well as several storytimes. Please contact the branch at 250-768-4369 for full information.

The Summerland Branch is celebrating Family Literacy Day on Tuesday, January 26 with a Keva Creations party from 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Families can construct a tower with Keva planks, then build a reading stack with the ORL’s “100 Great Books” reading lists.

At the Naramata Branch, everyone is invited for a family board game night on Thursday, January 28 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Bring your own favourite game or participate in one from our librarian’s collection.

 

For more activities in your area, check with your local ORL branch, visit www.orl.bc.ca/branches.

 

Learn to Write with Gail Anderson-Dargatz January 13, 2016

We are pleased to announce that internationally-bestselling author  has partnered with the ORL to share her knowledge at a writing workshop. The renowned writer of “The Cure for Death by Lightning” and “A Recipe for Bees” will be leading the workshop at the South Shuswap Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library in Blind Bay Market on Saturday, January 23 from 1 – 2 p.m. Aspiring writers can register by visiting the branch or calling 250-675-4818.

 

Anderson-Dargatz divides her time between Manitoulin Island in Ontario, and the Shuswap-Thompson region in BC, the landscape found in so much of her writing.

 

Gail Anderson-Dargatz

 

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