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JCLS Early Literacy Newsletter

Bring the Library Home

Hi Families,
Those of us at Jackson County Library Services understand that it may be disappointing that our libraries are closed right now. Currently, public health best practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19 include limiting access to public spaces–but that doesn’t mean that the library still can’t be a part of your routine. Here are some ways you can bring the spirit of the library into your home.

In this Issue: 

Enjoy a Virtual Storytime

Go on a bear hunt with Mr. Wally, Medford Children's LIbrarian.
Enjoy storytime at home with our growing collection of virtual storytimes. The #OperationStoryime tag on TwitterInstagram, or Facebook will bring you to a growing collection of children's book authors and illustrators reading their own works. Prefer not to use internet? You can call in to the Dial-A-Story program at 541-774-6439.

Explore Our Digital Collection

The Library has a variety of digital books, magazines, and videos that you and your little ones can access during this time with just a library card:
Check out downloadable e-Books and Audiobooks for kids with Library2go. 
Use Flipster to read digital magazines like Eco Kids Planet, National Geographic Kids, Boys' Life, Highlights, Minecraft World, Zoobooks, or check out Parents and Working Mother.
Kanopy Kids
Enjoy unlimited plays from the Kanopy Kids collection of educational and entertaining films and TV shows for kids.
Borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and more from hoopla. During our closure, patron borrowing caps are increased from six to ten per month.

Get Crafty

Help your little one get out some creative energy while working on those fine motor skills with the following crafts – using things that you probably already have at home.

Salt Painting

  • Heavy Paper/Paper Plate/Canvas
  • Table Salt
  • Liquid watercolors (or water and food coloring)
  • White Glue Paintbrushes or Pipette (or any other way to drip water onto a surface)     
On your surface, make a design with white glue. It can be as thick or thin as you want. Sprinkle salt all over your glue painting. Knock the excess salt back into a bowl so you can use it for other paintings. Dip the droppers (or paintbrushes, or whatever you’re using) into liquid watercolors and make drops all over your salt painting. You can mix colors right on your painting. Watch as the colors travel and blend into each other to make a gorgeous painting. 
Raised Salt Painting video from The Artful Parent (06:31)

Handmade Stamps

Stamping is a great way to let your little one have complete creative freedom. You don’t need to have made a trip to the craft store for stampsyou can make stamps out of just about anything. Make sure you have some paint and paper handy and check out the fun patterns that these items make:
  • Bubble Wrap: The texture of bubble wrap provides a nice sensory experience to a child – if they aren’t too busy popping it (and who can resist?) dip it in some paint and press it onto a piece of paper for some fun circular patterns. How many circles can you count?
  • Wooden Building Toys: Most wooden “block” sets come with more than just block shapes. They usually contain cylinders, squares, rectangles, and triangles. What things can you make using the shapes? Can you make a house? A car? Dip it in some paint and see what you can make.
  • Petals and Leaves: At the end of a quick walk around the block, or some backyard play, have your little one pick up some leaves and sticks and dip those in some paint and make some art.
  • Hands and Feet: Want another excuse to get your little one to wash their hands? Have them paint with their fingers. Talk about fingerprints, and what types of animals you can make with a handprint. I’m sure you know how to make a turkey, but can you make a lion?
Corrugated cardboard, egg cartons, combs, toy cars, forks, (old) tooth brushes, bottle bases of different shapesthere are so many options!

Feeling cooped up?

It’s hard for anyone of any age to stay in the house all day. Here are some ways that you and your family can have an experience that takes you outside of the home:

Attend a virtual museum tour

Eagle's Nest Webcam

Get a zoo experience

There are few things more soothing than watching animals at play. Wildlife centers and zoos offer live cams so you can check out how your favorite wild things are doing in real time.

Learning Resources for Older Kids

With the statewide school closure, older siblings may be home during the day now, too. Here are some options to help encourage learning at home:
  • Scholastic Learn at Home - 20 days worth of active learning journeys for students who are unable to attend school.
  • Thinkrolls: Space - App that inspires children to use creative thinking and problem-solving strategies as they guide their alien character through a series of logic puzzles. Available in multiple languages.
  • Starfall Education - Language arts and mathematics for preschool through 3rd grade.
  • Scratch - Coding website for kids.
  • Khan Academy Kids - Inspire a lifetime of learning and discovery with this fun, free educational program for ages 2-7.
  • National Geographic Kids - Games, videos, activities, and quizzes.

Coming Soon... Summer Reading Program!

Get ready for summer reading!

June 6 - August 15

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