Sunday, February 10, 2008


Book Talk

We just got home from doing the Downtown Montpelier StoryWalk. Make sure to dress for winter including boots, hat and mittens if you decide to check it out! The book is Olivia, the delightful little girl-pig. You only have until February 18th to participate. This StoryWalk begins at Zutano, the children's clothing store on Main Street and you will traverse part of State St., Langdon St., and loop around part of Elm St. and School St. before ending at Rivendell books, also on Main Street. Thirty-two stores are hosting this event by each placing a page from the children's book "Olivia" in their windows. It takes about 20 - 30 minutes to complete the StoryWalk. This project was created by Anne Ferguson, who works as a volunteer to place the stories in Montpelier. She was able to purchase the books (helped by a discount from Bear Pond Books in Montpelier) with a mini grant from the Vermont Humanities Council. Her community sponsors, the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition, are partners who help in this fun and unique project.
There have also been StoryWalks in Hubbard Park, at North Branch Nature Center, the State House lawn and the Montpelier bike path. The kids and I hope they will continue.

Did you know ....

- that you can access library catalogs from the internet? This is true for
the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier;
Berlin Elementary School Library (look under Specialists for the library link); and
U-32 High School (look under Resources for the library link)
and the other schools in our district
- the Kellogg-Hubbard Library offers several book sales throughout the year. They also host events such as authors, lectures, reading & discussion groups, foreign language lunches, kids activities, and several days a week they offer storytime for the youngsters. For more details visit their website or stop by.

- Bear Pond Books has Author Events which are free and open to the public, for more information, visit

- Rivendell Books offers both new and used books and Yankee Paperbacks offers used books.

- at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and Bear Pond Books websites you can join their email lists to find out more about what they have happening.

- you can find The Vermont Book of Days on-line. Perhaps you've heard it on the radio or you've seen it in the World. This is your guide to this day in Vermont history ... a day by day diary of Vermont's history and heritage

10 Ways to Raise a Reader - remember, by encouraging your child to read, you are helping to ensure school success.
Read to your child every day. It's never too early to start - even newborns respond to hearing you read.
Continue reading together even after your child learns to read. Older children still enjoy listening to others read.
Make stories come alive for your child when you read. Be animated and use different voices.
Be patient - let your child read aloud at his or her own pace. Offer help only when needed.
Discuss what you read together. Ask questions and listen attentively to your child's answers.
Make reading time special. Cuddle up in a quiet, comfortable spot. your child will associate reading with feeling secure, relaxed and loved.
Encourage your child to read at least 15 minutes a day, either to you or independently.
Take along your child's favorite books wherever you go. Read on the bus, in line at the store, or in waiting rooms.
Take your child to the library often and check out a variety of age-appropriate reading material.
Be a role model - read on your own. By seeing how much you enjoy reading, your child will learn that it's a great source of information and fun.
Reading isn't just about books (although there is certainly something for everyone), some might prefer spending time with a favorite magazine, finding out what's happening locally or keeping up with a favorite sports team in the newspaper, reading recipes and delighting the family by trying one out, or maybe reading through the directions or instructions for games or putting something together.

Additional Links:

Vermont Humanities includes information on Vermont Reads; the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators contest, and more.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher current and past lists along with a blog to write your comments about the current books. Parent's Choice, Young Reader's Choice

Children's Book Awards and Other Literary Prizes Links for Caldecott Medal, Newbury Medal and many others.

Mother Goose Programs including the Red Clover Award
Central VT Early Childhood Council

Vermont libraries - listed by name of library or listed by name of town

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