Getting ready to take part in NaNoWriMo*? Did you know that the library can help you hone your writing skills? Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning) offers courses in writing – free for BCFL library card holders! Check out the list of all Lynda.com writing courses here. To get started, try Writing: The Craft of Story, which aims to teach participants how to create a story that readers respond to, using includes specific examples and practice exercises.[Read more…] about Use Your Library Card to Succeed with NaNoWriMo
Everyone recognizes the value of reading together with young children. A quick search through the archives on the library’s blog will show just how important it can be! But reading books out loud doesn’t have to stop once children are reading on their own. Did you know that many older children still enjoy being read to? In fact, according to Scholastic’s “Kids and Family Reading Report,” 83% of kids ages 6-17 said being read to was something they loved or liked a lot!
Reading out loud to older kids can lay the groundwork for a lifelong love of reading, establish a new way to spend family bonding time, and help encourage fun generational interaction. Being read to might help kids stretch to enjoy books that are above their current reading level, or facilitate important conversation on tough topics that might normally be difficult to bring up. It can also help expand a child’s vocabulary and encourage them to check out books and subjects they might not choose on their own. On top of all that, it’s FUN!
So gather ‘round, get comfy, and try some of these suggestions:[Read more…] about Read Alouds for Older Kids
DISASTER! You’ve survived the Deathly Hallows, and now there’s nothing else to read! Never fear—whether it’s the school setting, the magic, or the adventure that kept you coming back to Hogwarts, there is undoubtedly another series out there, just waiting for you to stumble across it.
If you don’t believe me, here are a few series to check out to help with some of that post-wizarding blues…[Read more…] about A Very Potter Problem: What to Read Next
Have you ever wondered about the history of your local community? Why not check out your local library? The Bucks County Free Library has hundreds of items in its Local History collection that can help you learn about everything from Bucks County artists to who used to live in your neighborhood. We recently updated our catalog records to help library users find these unique materials, and here are a few great titles we discovered:[Read more…] about Learn About Your Community with Our Local History Collection
New Young Adult bestselling sci-fi/fantasy sequels hitting the shelves this fall include a Frozen world re-imagined where Elsa never knew Anna, a hero’s adventure, an attack of a fatal virus, a dystopian series finale, and much more! Check out these books from your library or digitally on the cloudLibrary app.[Read more…] about New Sequels to YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels
Growing up is hard and sometimes it is hard to find characters in the media that our young ones can look up to. It is never too early to teach our children about positive lifestyle choices, and what better way to begin teaching than with picture books from the library!
Here you will find a list of my favorite children’s books that promote positive role models and messages that every kid can relate to.[Read more…] about Picture Books with Positive Role Models
Bored by your tried and true board games? Then we have news for you! We’ve recently added new board games to our collection, including those listed below. Head over to the catalog to place a hold on a game or stop by your branch and see what’s on the shelf waiting for you.
This compact version in the wildly popular Ticket to Ride series features all new content. Instead of the usual trains, this version focuses on the iconic NYC taxi cabs. Ages 8+ – 2-4 players – 10-15 minute playing time – great for families.[Read more…] about New Board Games at the Library
Looking to add something to your TBR? Not quite sure what to pick up next? We’ve got you covered!
- Give Me
Some Truth follows two Native American teens who are struggling to find
their identity both on and off the reservation. Carson thinks his best chance
to make his mark is by winning the local Battle of the Bands. Of course, it
might help if he actually has a band first. Maggi has just moved back to the
reservation and wants to create art outside of the traditional artwork her
family sells to tourists. Taking place in 1980, Give Me Some Truth explores identity, social justice, first love,
political, and pop culture, as well as two teens trying to reconcile the life
they have with the life they want.
- Book Notes: This book has strong ties to John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and the Beatles. There’s a lot of musical influence within the storyline. Like The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Gansworth’s novel introduces readers to tough topics that might turn off readers looking for a light-hearted read. With that said, this is definitely one to try out for music lovers, Alexie lovers, and even John Green fans!
Toddler storytime is more than reading and playing. It is a special time for your child to begin a lifetime of learning. Young children can understand words long before the can say them. Remembering that there are different developmental timelines or milestones for toddlers is important. These milestones influence the understanding and meaning of words to each child at different times.
Many toddlers, as young as 18 months of age, can understand the meaning of objects and words. Along with the skill of comprehension, toddlers are developing and refining their fine motor skills. Combining these two skills and adding them to an interactive book, such as pop-ups, buttons, flaps, and 3-D elements, can increase a toddler’s wish to read. Storytimes introduce and reinforce many different types of books, stories, and authors.[Read more…] about Toddler Storytime
Did you know that Hoopla offers read-along books to help your child develop their reading skills?
Follow along as a professional narrator reads your child a story. Each word is highlighted as it is read, so your child can read along. Pages turn automatically, or you can toggle the settings to pause between pages and explore the illustrations with your child!
When you log into Hoopla with your Bucks County library card, you’ll find thousands of read-along titles including fiction and nonfiction picture books and leveled readers. Check out beloved characters like Pete the Cat, Fancy Nancy, and Curious George, plus your favorite Disney and Marvel heroes and even classics like Caps for Sale and Freight Train.
— Recommended by Jennifer M., Collection Management Coordinator