Registration for Story Time
Registration for all youth programming begins Tuesday, September 2, 2014
The link will not be live untill Tuesday, September 2
Be sure to stop in the Children's Library & help celebrate Smokey the Bear's 70th birthday! We've got a coloring activity, stories to read, free bookmarks, and a prize drawing.
Summer Library Program (SLP)
is finished for the summer!
It's hard to believe that the Summer Library Program (SLP) is over. Portage kids turned in 100s of reading slips and as a result, 3 charities benefited. Reading slips were tallied and The Columbia County Humane Society, with the most votes, received a $150 donation. Due to the generosity of Waddell and Reed and the Friends of the Library we were able to make a donation to the 2 other charities as well. The Portage Food Pantry received a $100 donation and The Splash Pad received $50.
Sponsors of the Summer Library Program
- A & W provided 500 drink cups for the summer library program. Thank you for being our first sponsor!
- Friends of the Library: primary sponsor of SLP (book prizes, supplies, refreshments, performers)
- Waddell & Reed Company (Julie Groves & Kathy Jo Houzner)
- Jeff & Becky Johnson Family for donating masonite for the wall art project
- Cascade Mountain (teen prizes)
- Papa Murphy's Pizza (teen prizes)
- Jeanne Mundt (Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Homes)
- Pizza Ranch (food donation)
- Tami Carlson (food donation)
- St. John's Day Camp (creating thank you cards)
American Chemical Society: www. acs.org/kids
Radar's Physic4Kids: www.physics4kids.com
Book Awards for Children 2014
Randolph Caldecott Medal Winners for best children's book illustrator
John Newberry Medal Winners for most distinguished children's book author
LOOK WHAT'S NEW IN THE YOUTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT!
New Math Kits in the Children's Library
The"Pre-K Klub" was such a success last winter that we'll be starting up again come September! Stay tuned for more details ...
Pre-K Klub was geared toward area preschoolers currently enrolled in a Portage school district pre-kindergarten program (Head Start, The Little School, Alphabet Express, St. John's/St. Mary's) and homeschoolers but who did not attend weekly preschool story times at the library. Klub met once a month and included Mrs. Foster reading a classic children's picture book and then using "STEM" (science, technology, engineering, math) principles to further the lesson. Kids had a lot of "hands-on" fun with experiments, math concepts, and more.
Youth Services Displays
The "I SPY" display board in the tween space is worth a look! Find special items and win a prize. Stop by the children's circulation desk for more information.
When choosing books for emerging readers, be sure to look for these dots on children's "easy reader" books. The colored dot will be on the spine of the book and is meant to be a recommendation when choosing books for beginning readers.
Virtual Tour of the American Museum of Natural History
Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian Museum
A new online program through the Portage Public Library that provides homework support for students in elementary through high school. At Tutor.com, you get live one-to-one help with a certified tutor. Click on the logo below, or go to online resources (at the left),view by name, and click on local resources. Then scroll down to Tutor.com and click on Portage Library.