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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Registration for the Vineland Public Library's Summer Reading Program begins tomorrow!

Registration for our summer reading program begins tomorrow, June 1. Did you know that children who don’t read during the summer typically lose three months of reading achievement? By the time children reach middle school, a summer reading loss of three months accumulates to a crucial two-year gap. (McGill-Franzen, Anne and Richard Allington. (2003, May/June). Bridging the Summer Reading Gap. Scholastic Instructor, 18.)

Help your children bridge the reading gap and bring them to our library programs.

Call (856) 794-4244, ext 4246 for details.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Programs for Teens

If you are 13 to 18-years-old and you’re looking for something fun to do this summer, look no further than the Vineland Public Library!

The summer reading theme this year is “Own the Night.” Get a jump start on your summer reading assignment, make a movie and learn about the constellations. Make sure to frequently visit our blog for more information about specific teen summer reading programs!

To register for these programs, either stop by the library or call (856) 794-4244, ext. 4246 beginning June 1st.

Write book reviews and track your summer reading online starting July 9.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer Reading at the Vineland Public Library

Get ready for a summer full of reading fun! Register for the Vineland Public Library’s Summer Reading Program in the Children’s Department. “Dream Big: Read!” is the theme for this year’s Statewide Collaborative Summer Reading Club. Enjoy the creative programs the library has planned this summer.  Registration begins Friday, June 1. Make sure to frequently check out our blog for more information about summer reading programs at the library!

Monday, May 14, 2012

That's Like Me! by Jill Lauren, M.A. book review

Children with learning disabilities may think they're alone in their struggles.  That's Like Me! by Jill Lauren is a book for these children. Jill Lauren is a learning specialist who has worked with many children who have learning disabilities. She did extensive research looking for young adults and adults who had difficulty in school but worked hard and never gave up.  Each person's story is told in their own words.  Each person whether a teenager or an adult has something that they are passionate about. Whether it is race car driving, wrestling, dancing or art, these extracurricular activities are important to them.  The author also includes her webpage where readers can submit their own stories about their hardships. 

The book includes a forward by Caldecott Award winner Jerry Pinkney who had a hard time in school because of his dyslexia.

If you're looking for a book for children who are struggling in school and want to give up, this is the book for them.  The personal accounts of people just like them will encourage them to keep going and work hard. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Overdrive App for Android Rocks!

Got an Android based phone?  Love to read books?  Wish you can use your Android based phone to borrow books from the Vineland Library?  Well now you can thanks to the latest Overdrive App for Android devices, which lets you check out epub books or audio books for free.

Here are the basics:

·         Download the Overdrive App from Google Play (Market on some phones)
·         Create an Adobe ID by going to
·         Add your Adobe ID to the Overdrive App within the “App Settings” page.
·         Launch the App and select your local library - Vineland Public Library
·         Search for and make a selection to download either an Epub book or Audio book then click on “ Add to Cart” or “ Place on Hold” for those books currently checked out.
·         The App will direct you to log into the Vineland Public Library using your Library card number to check out.
·         Click on download and within minutes enjoy reading or listening to your selection.

Note: Some material can be checked out for no more than 7 days while others will give you the option of 14 days.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Citizen Scientists by Loree Griffin Burns Book Review

Have you ever wondered where monarch butterflies fly to when they migrate in the fall?  Are you able to identify different frogs by their calls? What types of birds are found where you live? How many different kinds of ladybugs are there?  

You don't have to be an adult or a scientist to take part in real scientific experiments.  Whether it's tagging monarch butterflies or participating in a yearly bird census, there are lots of ways for young people to get involved. Loree Griffin Burns highlights just a few ways in this new non-fiction book Citizen Scientists.   Each chapter provides a list of items you'll need when going out on your adventure and the end of the book provides a list of resources for readers who want to get more involved.  While there is a lot of great information found in this book, the best part is probably the beautiful photographs that are found throughout the book.  The photographs alone should encourage readers to want to become citizen scientists.

I recommend Citizen Scientists to any young reader who loves nature and wants to get involved in helping our environment.