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Season's Readings 2015

November 1 brings National Family Literacy Day. It puts the focus on special activities and events that showcase the importance of family literacy. Research has shown us that reading to your child is the single most important factor in preparing a child for school success. Imperial County Free Library is proud to be offering multiple ways to help parents do just that

There is a program for those families with children 0 to 2, called BabyTime. It is offered on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the Month at our Holtville Meyer Memorial Branch, at 5:00 p.m. Special date in November is the 4th (in place of the 11th when we are closed). Calipatria Meyer Memorial Branch also offers the program two times a month, the Thursdays at . This is a relaxing, quiet time with your child. Bring your blanket and we"ll help with the rest. While you are at those branches, please also check out our new baby areas, with toys thanks to the California State Library. The toys were purchased with Library Services and Technology Act Funds, administered in California by the California State Library. The Calipatria and Holtville "Friends" made sure we had a great, child-friendly space at each branch to house the toys.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a great way to encourage reading at your house. All of our branches will sign up your child 0 to 5 to win prizes for each 100 books read. We have expanded our collection for children these ages, and offer book lists appropriate for each age group. Staff will be glad to work with you to get what you need and start you on the right road. This program is also receiving partial funding from Library Services and Technology Act funds, administered in California by the California State Librarian

Each area Kindergarten student is encouraged to get their own library card with our KINDERCARDS campaign. We’ll be sending items to your child’s classroom teacher and on to you, but feel free to come in together and sign your kindergartner up for his or her own card.

Finally, in our push for Family Literacy, we are delighted to be offering a special program "Skills Training for Teen Parents" at our Heber and Holtville Branches. Teens who are expecting or who are parents can sign up at either branch for the trainings, which begin in January and will provide training on issues from child discipline to having a plan, from filling in forms to nutrition for mother and child. There will be two late afternoon programs a month from January to May, with a graduation ceremony and some nice surprises for those who hang in for the full five month period. For more information, or two sign up, call 760-339-6460.

As fall finally comes to the Valley, many of us are thankful. We have several new children's books reflecting this topic, one from author Tomie de Paoli, the others from poetess/author Eileen Spinelli, Thankful or her Counting Blessings.

Veterans and their families can check our various resources for their specific needs or use, and contact branch staff to Zip a resource, if you cannot find it in the collection. We will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day on the 11th of November.

Our Pushing the Limits book discussion group for adults will be meeting November 3, 2015 at our new Heber location, 1132 Heber Avenue. Book for November is the newest T.C. Boyle book, The Harder They Come. In December the club is reading the bestselling novel, The Little Paris Bookshop. Contact headquarters, at 760-339-6460, for further details if you are interested in participating.

Young adult reading interests should be served well by any of the "ALA Top 10 Teen Picks". ICFL has all of the titles, voted on by other readers, virtually guaranteed to be good reads

As the holidays of December approach, many varied readings can be found in the system, from Christmas romances by popular authors such as Debbie Macomber or Linda Lael Miller, to children's books on Hanukkah or Kwanza. ICFL will have copies of October, November and December releases by popular authors such as James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, David Baldacci, JoAnn Ross. The latest mystery by J.K. Rowling, writing as Robert Galbraith, will also be on the shelves. Young readers will find the new Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries as well.

So find time for any of the seasons readings by coming on into our branches. Happy Fall.

Connie Barrington

County Librarian

1.The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic)

2.I Become Shadow by Joe Shine. (Soho Teen)

3.To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. (Simon & Schuster)

4.My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak. (Sourcebooks)

5.Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. (Bloomsbury)

6.The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)

7.The Young Elites by Marie Lu. (Penguin/G.P. Putnam's Sons)

8.The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. (Macmillan/ Henry Holt & Company)

9.Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. (Simon & Schuster)

10.The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. (Hachette/Poppy)