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TOWANDA READS Book Discussions

This groups meets the 2nd Tuesday of even-numbered months. You are invited to join the group any time that the title interests you. April 11 @ 5 pm the group discusses “Ordinary Grace” by William Kruger.  Joining a book discussion adds a whole new dimension to reading!

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The Very Ready Reader Program

This program is a comprehensive early literacy curriculum used by our library. These are some of the principles upon which the curriculum is based:

  1. Children between the ages of three and five need to interact with their peers to learn social skills.
  2. Story characters provide “windows” to view adaptive problem solving and interaction skills.
  3. True reading comprehension is based solidly upon human relationship understanding rather than just upon letter sound decoding.
  4. Enjoyable interaction in a literacy-rich environment plants a love of all-things reading in children.
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Tumblebooks and World Book Encyclopedia

These are available online for you to use from home 24/7…thanks to the subscriptions paid by your Towanda Library. All you need is a Towanda Library card.

Celebrate Youth Art Month in March!

Learn the art techniques of book illustrators Beth Krommes on Monday, March 6th at 4 pm and Eric Carle on Monday, March 13 at 4 pm. Art educator, Joe Hooten, formerly with the McLean County Art Center, teaches the techniques to an audience consisting of parents, grandparents, and K thru 5th Grade youth who will participate together to create their own works of art. Class size limited to first 20 who register at the library.

Library Closings

When there is inclement winter weather, library closings will be posted on the library’s Facebook page. The rule of thumb is that the library is closed if Unit 5 schools announce a weather-related closing. Occasionally this will vary.

Senior Assistance Sessions

Community Care Systems and the Department on Aging will host information and assistance sessions at the library from noon to 2:00 on March 20, plus the third Monday of each subsequent month. Trained staff will answer your questions and assist you in filling out applications for homestead exemptions, Medicare, license plate discounts, etc. It is first-come, first-served at these monthly sessions.

Library Board Meeting Time Change

The next meeting of the Towanda Library Board is scheduled for 6:00 pm on February 21, 2017. All meetings are held at the library. Immediately following the regular meeting there will be a Building and Grounds Committee-of-the-Whole meeting to discuss library plans with an architect.

PreSchool Story Hours – Wednesdays during School Year

Each Wednesday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 preschoolers are invited to enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and other pre-literacy building activities at the library. Very young children and their even younger siblings learn about the magical place that is “the library.” Regular attendance at Story Hours shapes the way your child will always see and use the library. Stories are a wonderful way to explore and encourage social/emotional awareness. Story Hours are a great place to meet and make friends!

Bulldog Book Club

4th and 5th Graders meet every “late-start” Wednesday throughout the school year from 2:30 to 3:30 at our library — to discuss the best juvenile literature, play games to locate library resources, create their own literary masterpieces, and have fun doing it! This is a safe environment to practice and hone reading skills learned at school. An after-school snack is served. Pre-registration is required. Multiple copies of the month’s book are available at the library. Please note: The school calendar indicates some changes for Late Start Wednesdays. They are now March 8, April 26, and May 10.