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Santa and stuffed animal sleepover in the Enchanted Forest

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    A blue-suited Santa will be at the Library on Friday, Nov. 22.

THE BOOKWORM

On Friday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m., kids are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal to our Enchanted Forest for a Christmas party with tales, tunes, crafts and treats – and Santa Claus!

They can leave their stuffed pals at the library for the night and then come back for them the next day. Sneak a peek of their party fun with Santa on our Children’s Corner Face-book page.

Our party takes place in our glorious Festival of Trees display – an enchanted forest of yuletime delights.

Back by popular demand, Festival of Trees is a fun family event that allows families to stroll through the magic of the holidays to choose just the perfect item to make their Christmas a special one at home.

Fully decorated trees and wreaths are displayed on Nov. 22 and 23 at the library and a silent auction commences.

Once the auction is over, the winners have a fully fashioned Christmas! And, 100 percent of the proceeds benefits the library this year.

GUILTY PLEASURES!

A recent study cited in “School Library Journal” found that audiobooks developed the same cognitive skills as reading print books. This affirms the views of Denise Johnson, an assistant professor of reading education at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She holds that audiobooks are of benefit to all children, including emerging and second language readers and those with reading disabilities such as dyslexia.

Johnsonsaid audiobooks:

• Introduce students to books above their reading level.

• Model good interpretive reading.

• Teach critical listening.

• Highlight the humor in books.

• Introduce new genres that students might not otherwise consider.

• Introduce new vocabulary or difficult proper names or locales.

• Sidestep unfamiliar dialects or accents, Old English, and old-fashioned literary styles.

• Provide a read-aloud model.

• Provide a bridge to important topics of discussion for parents and children who can listen together while commuting to sporting events, music lessons or on vacations.

The Patrick Heath Public Library provides patrons with several options for audiobook pleasure. In addition to books on CD, we also carry Play-aways, preloaded audiobooks that are a great option for those without CD players.

We also offer digital options through both our Cloud and Overdrive libraries.

Now, thanks to the generous funding of the Friends of the Boerne Public Library, our Youth Department provides patrons with Wonderbooks, an amazing blend of print and audio.

Each Wonderbook is a print book with a Playawayinspired pre-loaded audiobook player permanently bound to the inside cover. They are self-contained, shelf-ready and circulate like a print book.

As described by the publisher, “Wonderbooks are a multisensory literacy tool. The benefits of readalongs include increased fluency (45 percent), comprehension (76 percent) and recall (46 percent).”

Wonderbooks also feature a “Learning Mode” component – a narrator-led question and answer session which stimulates reading comprehension and demonstrates to parents how to engage more fully with their children about books.

RADIO STORYTIME

Are you unable to come to our weekly baby and toddler storytimes on Wednesdays and Thursdays? Now you can enjoy storytime from the comfort of your home.

In partnership with Boerne Radio (KBRN FM 103.9 and AM 1500) our library now offers a radio storytime every Saturday at 9 a.m.

Tune in to enjoy a dramatic reading of a quality story suitable for the whole family. We are most grateful to Boerne Radio for this opportunity to bring the wonder of literature to the community.

GIVING THANKS!

The library is so fortunate to be supported by two amazing groups. The Boerne Public Library Foundation is providing $10,000 for our library exhibits in the gallery and $12,000 to the BOOST after-school children’s programs. We’re so grateful!

The Friends of the Boerne Public Library has contributed $22,875 to go toward our ESL classes, digital magazines and comics, “Wonderbook” readalongs and more books for the adult section. Way to go, Friends!

We really couldn’t accomplish as much as we do without their generous help.

ALWAYS AT YOUR

SERVICE!

We are always delighted to welcome families and help you find that perfect book. And remember, too, that outreach visits continue all year long.

Do please contact me if you would like a visit to your school or daycare center.(keremes@boernelibrary.org)

STAYING INFORMED

You can call us at 830-249-3053 or visit our website at www.boernelibrary.org.Email us at librarian@boernelibrary.org.

Track us down on Face-book, where you can like the Library or Patrick Heath Public Library Children’s Corner. We are also on Pinterest and Instagram.

To maintain your library account, go to www.boernelibrary.org and click on My Account on the left-hand side of the website.