Youth Services

100 Books before High School!

Fremont Public Library is now providing a fun and interactive program to get kids reading year-round. This passive reading program is for grades Kindergarten-8th grade. Sign-up at the Youth Services desk and receive a log sheet for 100 books where you will record every independently read book. Every 10 books, review your favorite book and every 20 books come to the library and choose one free book. That could be 5 free books by the end of the program! Upon completion, your photograph will be added to the finish line. Sign-up today!

This program is for Fremont card-holders only.

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1000 Books before Kindergarten has arrived!

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1000 Books before Kindergarten has started at Fremont Public Library for ages birth-pre-kindergarten. For Fremont cardholders only, this reading program is an excellent way to build a love for stories and create a foundation for reading and school success. Before starting to read, children need exposure to rich language, background knowledge, a base of expectations regarding the format of stories, and a need to associate reading with enjoyment.

How is reading helpful?

  • Reading fosters curiosity and provides answers to wide-ranging questions.
  • A baby is born ready to learn. Establish positive learning pathways in their brains through reading, singing, and talking.
  • Children associate reading books with special parent talking and cuddling time.
  • If you’re not a natural storyteller, books are full of complex language and provide a great place to start a conversation


1000 books equals:

  • One bedtime story every night for three years.  (And what child lets you stop with just one book at bedtime?)
  • Ten books a week for two years.  
  • Twenty books a week for one year (that's just 3 books a day).

 

How the Challenge Works:

Each time you read a book with your child, color one train car in your reading log. Remember, if you read the same book over and over again, it counts each time. Stories read to your child at daycare or preschool, at the Library’s Storytimes, or at grandma’s house count, too! Every time you read 100 books, bring your reading log to the library to add a sticker to the train mural at the Youth Services desk. When you reach a milestone, bring your reading log to the Library to collect your prize! Read 1,000 books before kindergarten and your child will receive a free book of their very own and a Super Reader cape.

For more information, or to sign up your child, ask at the Youth Services desk. 

 

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Pokemon League Sets Up at Fremont

Join us every Saturday from 1:00pm-4:00pm for your chance to catch 'em all!

A Pokémon League is a fun and casual environment where people can meet to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game/Video Game and trade cards.  Players earn rewards for the games they play, usually exclusive Pokémon cards and badges.  Because fun and participation are the focus of a Pokémon League, players earn the same awards no matter whether they win or lose the games they play.

Pokémon games encourage people to learn.  Reading skills are required in most Pokémon games, as are math skills, strategic thinking and problem solving.   Through collecting and trading, Pokémon games also encourage sharing.  It’s a game than can be played by children as young as five (with some help), but can also be challenging for adults.  It’s a great game for family members to play together.  It doesn’t take up much space, so it’s great to pack for family trips.  It also emphasizes character development through the focus on sportsmanship and personal improvement.

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Non-Fiction Finder: Amazing Animals

The Long, Long Journey by Sandra Markle

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Readers will find out about the growth and development of the tiny Godwit which is capable of flying from Cape Avinof Alaska to New Zealand non-stop.  Learn how this amazing bird prepares for the journey, fights off predators and then does what the Godwit does best: fly, fly, fly!  Muted illustrations and approachable text make this an easy read-aloud to share with preschoolers. 

 

Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life by Jim Arnosky

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Another great animal nonfiction book by the renowned Jim Arnosky, giant fold-out spreads introduce readers to a variety of ocean dwellers.  Ideal for people who just want to browse through the beautiful illustrations as well as those that want accurate information about sea life. While preschoolers will certainly enjoy the illustrations, the reading level of the text is better suited for grades 3 and up.

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What Is Early Literacy?

Throughout our department and in our storytimes, you might notice a phrase often repeated: early literacy. But what is early literacy? From birth, children can learn essential skills that will help them to read and write later on. Early literacy is not learning how to read and write, but giving children a foundation for learning later on. At Fremont, we use a program called Every Child Ready to Read which focuses on five skills: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. You may notice that you already do these things at home which is supremely reasurring! So, why are everyday activites so special?

Talking: Children learn language by listening to their parents and others talk. Building vocabulary and learning about the world around them will help your child make connections between stories and real life. Furthermore, when your child talks to you, she is engaging in self-expression and developing her narrative skills by creating her own stories. By imitating the story structure she loves, she is developing an early desire to read and reinforcing her vocabulary.

Singing: Songs are a wonderful way to slow down language and separate syllables. Most songs rhyme which allow a child to distinguish similar sounding words. All this develops phonological awareness, or the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words. Most importantly, singing develops a powerful bond between caregiver and child that creates a loving environment for early literacy.

Reading: Reading together is the single most important way to help children get ready to read. Not only does it increase vocabulary, but children can develop print awareness, or knowing how to handle a book and how we follow the words on a page. Creating a fun environment for reading encourages more reading in the future.

Writing: Writing begins with scribbles, then comes letter knowledge. Children can start by knowing that letters are different from each other, and that they have different names and are related to sounds.

Playing: Children learn a lot about language through play. Play helps children learn symbolically, so they understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. Play also engages children in problem solving, improves social interactions, and builds comprehension for reading.

For more info and tips to promote early literacy, visit your libray today!

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