With the school season kicking off and summer reading programs coming to an end, it's the perfect time to start thinking about how to draw more patrons into your library. A great way that libraries across the country are getting patrons to come back is by implementing a Food for Fines Program at their library.
Food for Fines Programs offer an excellent opportunity for the patrons, the community and the library, and I'll tell you why. The patrons are happy because they are able to reduce their overdue book fees that may have been looming over them. The community is thriving because you are collecting much needed items to donate to the local food pantry. And it works wonders for the library because you will draw in patrons who may have not returned otherwise due to overdue fees, and you will be able to give back to your community.
You control the Food for Fines Program which gives you the flexibility to decide how much in fees you want to waive. The program forgives $1.00 of overdue book fees for each non-perishable food item donated. But you can easily implement a maximum fee forgiveness. The program also only forgives overdue fees, so any lost or damage fees will still apply.
If you are interested in implementing a Food for Fines Program at your library, we have created excellent resources to help you get started. Flyers, FAQs and Graphics that will launch a fun and rewarding Food for Fines Program in your community:
In the Red Canoe by Leslie A. Davidson
Ducks and frogs, swallows and dragonflies, beaver lodges and lily pads―a multitude of nature's best captures the attention of the child narrator in this beautifully illustrated picture book. In the Red Canoe celebrates the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.
By Dawn Marowsky, Penworthy Sales Representative
Thursday, August 9th is National Book Lovers Day and we think that's a cause for celebration! It's an entire day dedicated to book lovers around the nation that encourages people to find your favorite reading place, a good book and read the day away. Did you know - The first public libraries appeared in the middle ages! So let's pay our respects and celebrate this wonderful day. For some ideas on ways to celebrate and some book loving inspiration, follow the links below:
The King of Bees by Lester L. Laminack
'What's all the buzz about? Educate and fascinate patrons of all ages with this beautifully descriptive tale from down south on the life and necessity of bees. We journey with young Henry to his Aunt Lilla's farm in the low-country of South Carolina. Time and summer pass slow and beautifully as Aunt Lilla patiently teaches Henry the art and magic of caring for bees. Henry loves helping with chores of the farm but especially loves watching his aunt work with her beehives and awaits the time he is old enough to help out. As Henry watches his Aunt, he is fascinated by her ability to 'bee speak' as she tends them and harvests their honey. Gentle, rolling, lyrical narrative by Lester L. Laminack and soft, inviting illustrations from Jim LaMarche engages us in learning all about bees and how vital they are for our environment and how important it is to protect them. A website in the note at the end also provides additional resources to learn more about honeybees. A wonderful read aloud for storytime, one on one or a great resource in the classroom when learning about bees, plants and pollination as well as protecting species. This story on "bees' gets an A!
By Joan Schimmels, Penworthy Sales Representative
Fortnite is a free, multiplayer video game that has taken the world by storm in the last six months. You can think of it as the "Hunger Games" of the video game world. Players are dropped on an island where they fight for survival and the last gamer standing is the winner. The goal of the game is to stay alive. You can play as an individual or as part of a team with people from all corners of the globe. It was originally released in 2017, and has already had more than 40 million downloads! While the game is free, there are in-game purchases if you choose to buy additional outfits, weapons and other helpful items. The game reaches a wide audience of girls and boys, with interest for 8 year old kids, to grown adults. If you haven't heard about Fortnite yet, just ask any patrons in your library; if they haven't played themselves, it's likely they have friends, family or children who have. Penworthy helps you stay up-to-date with the most popular trends, so we have a collection of Fortnite and Minecraft titles that are guaranteed to fly off your shelves. These books focus on the core elements of gameplay, give you the TOP SECRET know-how to turn you into a Fortnite pro, and help you plan advanced strategies!
Luciana Vega was introduced earlier this year as the American Girl for 2018, and is the first girl with a science interest. Her dream is to be an astronaut, and she inspires young girls in STEM related fields. Discover Science takes it one step further by encouraging young girls to explore the science world through fun experiments. There are more than 50 science-related projects in Discover Science, all the projects are illustrated and modeled by American Girl dolls. They include music, astronomy, nature, matter, sound, and yes....even fashion. Luciana was designed to inspire the "Mars generation" of young girls growing up now to become interested in STEM fields. Discover Science encourages them with hands-on STEM activities that will take the girls into the science world to explore, learn, and have fun.
By Susan Frappier, Penworthy Sales Representative
Discovery Channels Shark Week is scheduled to kick-off Sunday, July 22nd marking the 30th installment of the highly-anticipated TV event. It runs 8 days and is packed full of fun facts and exciting shows. So what better way to get kids excited to read about sharks! This week we've highlighted 8 shark books, fiction and nonfiction, from Penworthy's Shark Week Collection that will appeal to an audience of shark lovers! And stop by Penworthy's Pinterest page, Shark Week in the Library, for fun shark activities and bulletin ideas for the library!
I Survived The Shark Attacks of 1916
From the popular I Survived Series come a frightening tale of a string of shark attacks along the New Jersey shore.
Training Academy: Sharks & Other Sea Life
"There are around 440 different kinds of sharks. The smallest is a dwarf lantern shark, which is smaller than a human hand."
Gilbert in Deep
A fun story about fish friends and a game of hide and seek. Teaching kids about making new friends and learning that it's OK to be scared sometimes, even when you're a great white shark!
Diving with Sharks!
"The largest great white shark ever recorded measured 21 feet (6.4 m) and weighed 7,302 pounds (3,312 kg). That's as heavy as five pianos!"
Shark School: A Fin-tastic Finish
A great transitional chapter book any kid can relate to about trying to fit in. Complete with character bios and fun facts in the back. Did you know, "A bull shark can live in both fresh water and saltwater."
Sharks Predators of the Sea
"The shortfin mako is the fastest shark in the world. It has been recorded swimming 31 miles per hour (50kph) and is thought to be able to go even faster."
The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Sink or Swim
Ms Frizzle leads the class to adventures in Hawaii in this Branches chapter book with a glossary, questions and activities at the end of the book.
Who Would Win? Hammerhead vs. Bull Shark
"The largest hammerheads have a head that is three feet wide eyeball to eyeball."
Looking for a great story to help ease the jitters for your new kindergartner? Then you have to read Whiffy Wilson, The Wolf who Wouldn't go to School. This book is about a wolf who had no interest in school or learning. He refused to learn his ABCs, write his name and felt that school was boring, but really he was afraid. One day, it all changed, when his father informed him that he was going to school. Whiffy wasn't thrilled and wanted to play so he walked to his friend Dotty's house who was also on her way to school. With the help of Dotty, Whiffy's fear of school went away. He made so many new friends and enjoyed playful learning games and the things he had been afraid of, no longer scared him. This is a terrific book to have in every home and classroom to be read on the first day of school. I'm sure your kids will enjoy hearing the outcome of fun that they will also experience when going to school.
By Kanisha Hines, Penworthy Sales Representative
Dear Komodo Dragon by Nancy Kelly Allen
This is a cute story that is about a young child Leslie that dreams of being a dragon hunter and becomes pen pals with a Komodo Dragon. The story is told through a series of letters as Leslie asks the dragon questions and the dragon replies with witty, wise-cracking responses. It has true facts about the Komodo Dragon and educates Leslie about an endangered species as they become friends. In the back of the book the author has educational materials that can be printed and used for teaching further. I think it would be a wonderful book for story time and the additional learning materials can be used to build a lesson plan around the story if you are a teacher using it in your class. Great illustrations by Laurie Allen Klein with very soft colors, textural, and accurate depictions of the animals. The kids will love it!
By Cindy Feltes, Penworthy Sales Representative
It can be hard to stay on top of what's trending with kids TV and who the most popular characters are. So we've pulled the list of Google's top Chart of the most searched kids' TV shows and compiled some basic information about who these popular characters are! The list is in rank of the most searched TV shows.
#1 - SpongeBob SquarePants (171 months in top 10)
Launched on Nickelodeon in 1999 and still running and popular today! Following sea creatures and friends through their underwater city of Bikini Bottom
#2 - PAW Patrol (33 months in top 10)
First aired on Nickelodeon in 2013 and new episodes can be seen on Nick Jr. An action packed series that follows around a pack of search and rescue dogs known as the PAW Patrol.
#3 - Peter Rabbit (2 months in top 10)
A 2012 Nick Jr. Series that has grown in popularity recently due to the Peter Rabbit movie that was just released in theaters February 3rd this year. The program is not airing new episodes currently.
#4 - Peppa Pig (48 months in top 10)
This British animated series that can be found on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. The show revolved around Peppa Pig and her friends and family. Peppa's friends are all different animals which engages children of all ages.
#5 - Sesame Street (150 months in top 10)
A longtime favorite of children and adults that can be found on PBS. With fun programs and educational lessons, it's no surprise that this show is loved by kids and adults alike!
#6 - Steven Universe (37 months in top 10)
Cartoon Network launched this series in 2013 and it is still running. Featuring Steven a youn boy, who lives in the magical town of Beach City with aliens named Pearl and Garnet.
#7 - Power Rangers (169 months in top 10)
Another series that has gained popularity from it's 2017 film, Power Rangers. Originally released in 1993, and still running strong with new episodes airing on Nickelodeon.
#8 - Star Wars Rebels (7 months in top 10)
This Star Wars story line follows an era when the Imperial forces are hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights. But are the Rebels strong enough to defeat them? New episodes are still airing on the Disney channel.
#9 - Dora the Explorer (118 months in top 10)
With a live-action film underway and scheduled to release in 2019, this series is sure to gain even more popularity. Even though the show ran from 2000-2014, the character still holds high interest among kids with popular merchandise and mobile streaming options released in 2017.
#10 - Adventure Time (73 months in top 10)
A Cartoon Network Series that released in 2010 with new episodes still being released. This fun animated series follows the adventures of Finn and his best friend Jake the Dog. This duo goes on wild adventures with a little bit of magic and a lot of imagination.
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