Please join us for enchanted stories, fun crafts and a spook-takular costume parade!
Come in costume, bring your noise makers and remember that there will be gifts and snacks for children after the parade.
by Richard James Salta Lopez
Join us for Harry Potter Trivia Night on October 28, 4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.! Participating Muggles will be sorted into either Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw, and will work with their houses to defeat the others as their knowledge of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is put to the ultimate test.
This program is designed for ages 11-14, and players are encouraged to come dressed up! Participation in the program will be limited to the first 30 sign-ups.
The library is also looking for teens who would be interested in volunteering for the program.
Individuals interested in participating as players or volunteers are encouraged to visit the library’s front desk, or they can contact us at either (831) 636-4107 or email@example.com.
San Benito County Free Library is now offering ABCmouse.com, Early Learning Academy – a high-quality online educational resource for young children, which is available to patrons when they visit the library.
ABCmouse.com is a comprehensive early learning site for children ages 2-7+, covering reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music. It features more than 5,000 online learning activities, including books, interactive learning activities, games, puzzles, songs, art activities and more. It is completely child-safe, with no advertising or links to other websites. Best of all, children love it because they have fun while learning!
Children can access the website in the Children’s computer lab.
As the school season resumes, the San Benito County Free Library is engaging in community outreach to remind residents about the benefits of owning a library card.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and to celebrate, the San Benito County Free Library is conducting outreach activities throughout San Benito County during the month in order to remind community members of the many benefits one can obtain with a library card. These activities are part of a larger effort among libraries nationwide as well as the American Library Association to highlight the literacy and learning benefits that libraries provide to their communities.
As children head back to school, the library offers a wealth of resources that help promote student success such as computers equipped with early learning software and book collections geared towards children of different reading levels. For young adults, the library also possesses a Teen Space appropriate for studying and lounging that also features Wi-Fi capabilities.
Read more from the original post on BenitoLink.com by Richard Lopez, YA Librarian
Literacy tutors at San Benito County Free Library change lives
“You Are Giving Your Student A Gift For Life—The Key To Success And Personal Growth,” said Rebecca Salinas, Adult Literacy Tutor for the San Benito County Free Library.
Many of us take our reading skills for granted. We think nothing of reading a menu at a restaurant or reading a bus schedule posted at the bus stop but what if you couldn’t read? How would you use the most basic services such as ordering at a restaurant or using mass transit? According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy completed in 2003, 14 percent of adult Americans demonstrated a below basic literacy level in 2003. California has approximately 3.4 million adults with below basic literacy skills. In San Benito County 19 percent of adults have below basic literacy levels. The effect on our communities is profound.
Public libraries are committed to literacy and have stepped into bridge the educational gap. For more than 30 years, the San Benito County Free Library’s Adult Literacy Program has been helping community members achieve their literacy goals.
In January 2007, the library received a grant from the California Library Literacy Services (CLLS), a program of the California State Library. The program had been changing lives both for the volunteer tutors and learners since its inception. Rebecca Salinas, a longtime Hollister resident and retired educator, has been a tutor for six years.
“I love to teach and I wanted to experience teaching adults, since I had only taught in the elementary grades,” she said. “I believe education is the key to the door of opportunity and personal growth; therefore, reading is fundamental. I was fortunate that someone helped me get my education. Tutoring is a small way I can help someone as I was helped.”
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The San Benito County Free Library is pleased to announce the debut of Universal Class, an electronic resource presented in partnership with Recorded Books that offers continuing education courses online. Designed for public library patrons, Universal Class features a catalog of more than 500 courses containing a little something for everyone.
Among the hundreds of offerings included are those in Computers and Technology, Job Assistance, Parenting and Family, Cooking, Home and Garden Care, Homeschooling, Pet and Animal Care, and Exercise and Fitness. These classes are led by real instructors and are video-based, and students can even obtain certificates and continuing education credits for selected courses.
Patrons only need a library card to access Universal Class, and since these classes are offered online, they can be enjoyed from the comforts of one’s own home. Universal Class can be accessed through the library’s Articles & Databases page at http://sbcfl.org/research/, but patrons are also encouraged to speak with the friendly staff at the San Benito County Free Library if they would like more information on this new resource.
Interested patrons can also call the library at (831) 636-4107 or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally Posted to BenitoLink.com by Richard Lopez, Young Adult Services Librarian
Read eBooks for free at the San Benito County Free Library!
The San Benito County Free Library would like to invite county residents to take advantage of its eBook collections offered through OverDrive, Enki, and Project Gutenberg. Borrowing eBooks using these services is free with a library card, and each collection offers something for different tastes.
OverDrive features popular titles including bestselling fiction such as The Martian by Andy Weir and bestselling nonfiction such as The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.
Enki offers eBooks from smaller and independent publishers, while Project Gutenberg’s collections link patrons to eBooks available in the public domain, such as works by Shakespeare.
Many of these collections also contain titles in other languages like Spanish, and the library’s OverDrive collection will specifically be adding more materials in Japanese in the near future. The library’s eBook collections can be accessed from most internet-connected mobile devices, and because borrowed titles will automatically expire when their lending period is over, there are no late fees.
Those who need help with using eBooks can take advantage of free technical assistance offered through the library. Appointments can be made by calling the library at (831) 636-4107.
Enjoy the San Benito County Free Library’s eBook collections today by visiting http://sbcfl.org/for-you/ebook-collections/.
Originally Posted on BentioLink.com
A week of events has a theme of “Libraries Transform.”
The San Benito County Free Library is inviting county residents to join in celebrating National Library Week, which takes place during the week of April 10-16. The theme for 2016 is “Libraries Transform.”
National Library Week began in 1958 as a celebration of how librarians and libraries of all types have contributed to the social and cultural fabric of American society. In celebration of National Library Week, the San Benito County Free Library will be holding a series of programs that highlight the contributions of people who have made the library the county hub for literacy and learning that it is today.
View the Week’s Schedule
Call for Literacy Tutors!
The San Benito County Free Library’s Adult Literacy Program is searching for tutors to support, empower and encourage adult learners to improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills. No prior experience is required other than a desire to help others.
Volunteers should have knowledge of basic English spelling and grammar, must be 18 years of age, and willing to commit at least one-and-a-half hours per week for six months. We will provide training, materials and professional support staff for you and your learner.
Choose to make a commitment to positive change today — a learner is waiting for you to expand their world.
For more information on how you can make a difference in your community, contact Library Assistant Rosa Garcia at (831) 636-4107 ext. 20 or Betty Mason, literacy coordinator at ext. 18.
Originally posted on BenitoLink.com