Category Archives: Children


Good news –  Pennsylvania's Power Library provides library patrons access to a new reading program that you and your child can access from home!  Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning.  This engaging resource for children in grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduces students to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Your children can access Scholastic BookFlix anywhere there is an Internet connection –it’s like having access to the library’s collection 24 hours a day, seven days a week!  BookFlix includes:

  • Classic video storybooks each paired with a related nonfiction eBook.
  • Spanish language versions of many pairs.
  • Read-aloud supports so students can hear each book narrated and also hear definitions of key words and directions for each activity read aloud.
  • Educational games and activities so children can show what they have learned.
  • Safe, age-appropriate web links selected by Scholastic’s editors so kids can extend their learning on a topic.
  • Meet the author section to learn more about the author of each fiction book.

Scholastic BookFlix is specifically created to support non-, beginning and reluctant readers – it’s the perfect resource for independent reading practice at the library and at home!

BookFlix can be accessed through the Power Library.  Visit your library's "Resources and Databases" page for patron access.  For more details about your library’s subscription to Scholastic BookFlix and easy instructions for using BookFlix from home, please contact a staff member. 

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, or you can call during normal library hours at (724) 763-3591. I am  available most days between noon and 4 p.m.

Skyping with the Kids

Learn how to Skype with the kids on Tuesday, September 11th, 6pm, at
the Ford City Library. Skyipng is a new way to make free or
inexpensive calls to family and friends using the computer. Skype
allows for a range of calling options and lets you see your loved ones
while you speak. The prograrm is free and registration is suggested.
For more info, or to register by Sept. 7th, call 724763-3591.

Summer Program for the Arts

The Ford City Summer Program for the Arts will include multiple workshops at Ford City Library. The program offers teenagers in Armstrong County an opportunity to learn and polish skills in anime art, creative writing, chalk & charcoal drawing, photography and improvisational drama. Registration is required and space is limited.

The program is free and library membership is not required. The program is broken down into five disciplines. Participants may attend as many disciplines as they choose. For details, 724-763-3591 ask for Anita.

This event is made possible through financial support from:

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health in cooperation with Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol commission and co-sponsored by ARC Manor. Problem Gambling Hotline: 877-565-2112
  • The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency
  • The New Castle Distric Library Center
  • The Velcko Family

Click here for event information.

Children’s Area Rocks at Ford City Library