Heritage Quest covers more than 25,000 family and local histories and includes the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1940, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), the Revolutionary War Pension Applications & Bounty Land Warrant Applications, U.S. Indian Census Rolls, and the Freedman’s Bank Records (1865-1874). Visit this resource at http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/login/ipbarcode?aid=13274 .
Friday July 27, 2018 is the first ever End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Social. At 2pm at the Belt Branch, not only will there be ice cream for the first 250 people, but there will also be balloon animals and face painting. But, wait, there’s more! Minit Mart and “Captain Cool” will be at the Library and will be giving Godfather’s Pizza and goody bags to the first 250 people.
The Savannah Branch will also be hosting an Ice Cream Social on July 27, 2018 at 3pm. Families are invited to come and have ice cream, and also draw with sidewalk chalk, play with bubbles and hula hoops.
Be sure to bring your summer reading form to get your final prize and end your “Libraries Rock” summer with a bang!
The Tech Tuesday program on July 24, 2018 will be a Technology Petting Zoo. Drop in between 4 and 5pm at the Belt Branch and take a look at some different tech gadgets, software, apps, and websites. No pressure– just explore, touch, play, and try the tech devices and find out more about what is out there. Have a suggestion for a gadget, software, app, or website you think others might find useful? Come and share! Familiarity breeds fearlessness!
Why let the kids have all the musical fun this summer? Come beat the heat and have some karaoke fun at the Belt Branch on Monday July 16 at 6:30pm at this lighthearted, nonjudgmental karaoke session. There will be rounds of Karaoke Jeopardy, Dare You Not to Sing, Name That Tune, and of course, plenty of karaoke songs and all time favorite sing-along songs.
On Thursday, July 12, 2018, staff from Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, MO, the largest free-standing public genealogy facility in the nation, will be presenting two unique genealogy programs at the Belt Branch. No registration required–all are welcome to join us for one or both programs!
Dating Old Photographs (a Classy Seniors program)
Wondering about those old photographs you’ve got? Clues in the photo can give you an idea of when it was taken. Get tips on how to use items in the photograph, as well as the photograph itself, to determine the time period in which it was taken. Feel free to bring in one or two photographs for the team to help you date.
Find out the fundamentals of beginning your genealogical research project. We will discuss organization, census information, vital records, and where to look for information. This is a beginner-level presentation.
Just in case you couldn’t make it to our Refreshing Summer Drinks Program, here are the recipes we made and sampled during the program. Several recipes were from library books (of course!), some were actually healthy (shhh, don’t tell) and all were totally delicious!
Refreshing Drinks Recipes
Refreshing Summer Drinks — Monday, June 18 at 6:30pm — Want to drink more than a tall, cool drink of water this summer, but don’t know where to start? Join us for an interactive, refreshing class on delicious, healthy summer beverages. Recipes and free samples definitely included. Register now so we can have enough ingredients for everyone!
Over 16 million people use Goodreads every month–are you one of them? Learn how to set up an account and use it to track the books you have already read and the books you want to read. Also, learn how to connect with your friends and the Library! Join us on Tuesday, June 12 at 4pm at the Belt Branch in the Createspace for an easy, informal program — bring your own device, or use the Library’s laptops.
The Summer Reading Program is here!! And that means you’re hearing about preventing the summer slide and keeping your school-age kiddos reading. But what about babies and toddlers?
OK, maybe they don’t need to prevent the summer slide. But little ones do need a foundation of literacy development to succeed at reading. The first three years of a child’s life are seriously important because this is when early language and literacy development take place. With a young one, literacy development is about listening and speaking rather than reading and writing.
Need some ideas or reassurance that you are sufficiently nurturing your child’s literacy development? Here are a few easy suggestions and ideas:
- Let your child handle books. Let them choose the books to read and turn the pages.
- Make books part of your daily routine. Before bedtime or naps, while waiting in a doctor’s office or another waiting room, read with them. Don’t worry if you don’t finish the story, little ones are not the best at sitting still, so another opportunity to snuggle up with them is wonderful.
- Incorporate music. When you notice an animal that might be found on Old MacDonald’s farm, sing it out! Also, look for picture books that are meant to be sung.
- Incorporate rhymes and rhyming stories into everyday life. Doing so will teach sound awareness. Try matching rhymes to activities, such as reciting “Pease Porridge Hot” with breakfast or singing “Wheels on the Bus” when seeing a bus. Or you can make a rhyme/song cube and let your little one toss or kick it. Then you two can sing or chant the rhyme or song chosen.
- Talk about the book and pictures while reading. Start with the cover. Explain the story and talk about the illustrations. Ask your child to find the red balloon, find the dog, etc.
- Ask questions. Use the book as a conversation starter about familiar objects and activities. Relate the story to something or someone in your child’s life. Encourage them to ask questions as well.
- Show your child the words. Start by running your finger along the words as you read them.
- Don’t be afraid to create voices and make noises. Encourage your little one to make animal noises and other sounds. Have an awesome accent in your back pocket? Use it!
Most of all, don’t be intimidated. You can do this! And if you need help, the library is here to help. And that brings us back to … the Summer Reading Program!
Summer reading at Rolling Hills Library includes individualized goal setting (by books, minutes or pages) and prizes to encourage listening to and reading books. Have a school-age kiddo? They can read to younger siblings to work on their summer reading goals! Adults can sign up for the Summer Reading Program, too.
The Summer Reading Program includes amazing performers, Storytimes and craft programs to foster pre-reading skills and encourage the love of reading and learning. Come see us and sign up today!
Your Early Literacy and Storytime Librarian,
The public is invited to see the library’s new Bookmobile in two events on Tuesday, May 22.
At 9:30 a.m., the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting for the 28-foot-long vehicle in the parking lot of the library Business Office, 1912 N. Belt. Refreshments will be served inside the library’s Outreach Office.
At 4:30 p.m., the Savannah Chamber of Commerce will stage its ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Savannah Branch, 514 W. Main. Refreshments will be served in the library.
The new gasoline-powered bus was built by LDV, a manufacturer of bookmobiles and other custom specialty vehicles in Burlington, Wis. It replaces a 17-year-old, diesel bus the library purchased used from an Indiana library in 2012 so it could re-establish bookmobile service.
The bus went into service in Andrew and Buchanan counties in 2013, serving rural communities and schools. With the continued growth of Bookmobile service and persistent mechanical issues of the old bus, the library’s Board of Trustees voted in 2017 to purchase a new bus.
Rolling Hills was created in 1961 as a bookmobile service for Andrew and Buchanan counties and soon added physical libraries in Savannah and St. Joseph. The library operated a bookmobile service until 1979.