Library Kicks Offs Early Literacy Program- by Susan Kerr

The Ford City Library is hosting a new Americorps program that focuses on early literacy tutoring, healthy eating habits and fun physical activities. The program, which began August 20, 2014, and will continue through August 14, 2015, is still in its infancy.

In these early stages, tutoring will be geared toward K-3 early learners who may need a little extra help with reading, writing and math skills. We are seeking grants and other funding to support the tutoring program initially, as well as finding corporate and private donations of suitable early literacy books.

Of course, we are in need of tutors for the program. You don't have to be a professional educator to help. You only need good literacy skills, a desire to help young readers and a commitment of a few hours per month.

The afterschool and Saturday physical activity portion of the program will take advantage of nearby playground opportunities during nice weather. Donations of gently used balls, bats and other outdoor sports equipment are our number-one priorities while we're getting things rolling.

For cold or rainy weather, we are talking about folk dancing instruction – Western square dancing, the polka and similar group dances that our young readers might want to learn.

As part of the healthy eating segment of the Americorps program, we plan to teach young readers about making good food choices that are not only healthier but also more affordable than heavily processed foods. Other ideas on the table include elementary cooking lessons, a community garden next spring and a program similar to Operation Backpack.

About one third of local students qualify for federal free or reduced-price lunches, a program that provides nutritious food for low-income children during the school day. Operation Backpack-type initiatives fill in the gaps on weekends and during school holidays.

If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor, a dance instructor, a playground leader or a food program aide, we want to talk to you! If you have early literacy books or sports equipment to donate, we want to talk to you! If you are able to donate the use of a communal kitchen once a week, or can donate fresh whole foods for cooking, or want to donate shelf-stable child-size food items, we want to talk to you!

One person cannot make these programs a success. But many people doing several small things add up to a big community effort.

If you have suggestions or want to help, please contact Susan Kerr at the Ford City Library. My email is susan.kerr@armstronglibraries.org, or you can call during normal library hours at (724) 763-3591. I am  available most days between noon and 4 p.m.

We want YOU….At the Ford City Public Library

The library will be hiring a person to fulfill an Americorp position!
We Want You!
We are looking for an enthusiastic, high energy individual to work approximately 33 hours a week. The position entails tutoring local youth on academic subjects, doing physical fitness activities with local youth, helping train volunteers, and other duties as assigned. Individual must have high school diploma or GED, must pass FBI and Act 33/34 clearances, and must be able to commit to a full year of service running from August 20, 2014, to August 14, 2015.
The individual will receive a biweekly stipend of $465.38 (before taxes). At the end of the service year, the individual will also receive an academic award in the amount of $5,645, to be used toward student loans or college tuition. If you are 55 or older, this award can be put toward the loans or tuition of a child or grandchild.

If you or anyone you know is interested in the position, please submit a resume to:

Ford City Public Library 
c/o Anita Bowser
1136 4th
 Ave.

Ford City PA 16226

or

email a resume to
fordcity@armstronglibraries.org

Top 10 Books of the Year at Ford City Library

Its official- we have our list of the top 10 books of the year for The Ford City Public Library!  These 10 books were the most requested and most circulated books of 2013.  

1) Arthur's Family Treasury
2) First Words
3) The Walking Dead
4) Fifty Shades of Grey
5) Notorious Nineteen
6) NYPD Red
7) The Bridesmaid
8) City of Bones
9) Fifty Shades Darker
10) Safe Haven

Now, of course, you're all wondering what DVD's also made it to the top of the circulation lists.  Well- we have answers… The most popular DVDs of 2013 include Downtown Abbey, Mothman Prophecies and Despicable Me.  

All of these materials, and more, are available from The Ford City Public Library for circulation!  

From all of us at The Ford City Public Library, Happy Holidays and we'll see you next year! 

Oral History Project

Check out Ford City's Oral History Project here on our website.  The collection houses lots of information of local interest and is a must for any history lover.

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