Books for Kids Distribution Days: Libraries are the perfect place to get books into the hands of children, especially kids from disadvantaged homes. All MHLS member libraries have an opportunity to receive brand new books for their collection from the Books for Kids program! An additional pick-up day has been added on Monday, March 11th from 2:30 - 5:00pm. Please RSVP to Ellen Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know if you will be coming for the first time or again so she knows who to expect. About Books for Kids: Books for Kids is a national organization promoting early literacy among all children with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Additional information can be found at http://www.booksforkids.org/
2013 Book Distribution: The Poughkeepsie Barnes & Noble held a book drive for Books for Kids in November and December of 2012. Over 10,200 new books were donated by B&N shoppers in the drive (the Poughkeepsie B&N came in first in the region for a holiday book drive and third in the country!), were picked up by Poughkeepsie City Schools, stored at the Circle of Courage building and sorted into age groups by volunteers.
Books for Kids pick up Location:The Circle of Courage building's address is: 160 Union St., Poughkeepsie which is right off of the 44/55 arterial. Coming across the Mid-Hudson Bridge, you would take the first left at the light onto Jefferson St. Ext. and the parking lot and building are on the right. Going towards the bridge, you would take the last right onto Jefferson St. Ext. The building faces the arterial, with the back of it on Union St., so it's a little confusing finding it on Union St. if you don't know the area.
Early Literacy Training Webinar:
The New York State Library is developing a coordinated statewide early literacy training plan for public library staff. The first step in this initiative, a webinar with Saroj Ghoting (http://www.earlylit.net) is titled "Helping Every Child Enter School Ready to Read - Understanding Early Literacy as a Foundation for School Success," and will provide an introduction to early literacy library services for public librarians and library staff as well as a professional development opportunity.
Webinar Dates and Times:
Wednesday, March 13: 12:30 - 2:00pm
Thursday, March 28: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Tuesday, April 23: 10:00 - 11:30am
For complete information please see: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/earlylit/index.html
Technical questions: Caitlin Sbiroli at email@example.com
Program and content questions: Karen Balsen at firstname.lastname@example.org