Sunday, March 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Family Day
Tickets are $5 per person for ages 5 and up or a max of $20 for a family. Children 4 and under are free. Ticket includes minigolf, snacks, and crafts. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Note: There are no tee times; drop in any time between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Library, in-person at the door, or online. (Note: there are no physical tickets; just give your name at the door.)
Drop in for an hour of sketching forest animals with Ms Dwyer.
Ms Dwyer is a former RSD13 Art educator with 36 years of teaching experience.
Together we will use line, shape, and form to draw a variety of indigenous animals including foxes, owls, squirrels, and more. All ages are welcome and parents of young artists are encouraged to participate.
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, two-thirds of fourth graders are not meeting fluency benchmarks. However, engaged parents and caregivers can be the game-changers. Engage with your child by using Letters Are Characters.
This captivating book brings the alphabet to life, tailored for both parents and children. By transforming letters into characters, young learners engage in what comes most naturally—playing, laughing, and exploring the characters and their stories. Simultaneously, they unravel the phonemic code—the crucial first step towards reading.
Too frequently, bright and capable children experience a dip in self-esteem and enthusiasm for learning because they lag in acquiring early reading skills.
In “Letters Are Characters,” Dr. Wilcox Ugurlu combines her unique perspective as a scientist, educator, and parent to fashion a playful, compassionate, and well-informed program. It equips parents to assist their children in developing critical reading readiness skills. —Paul B. Yellin, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, NYU School of Medicine, Director, The Yellin Center for Mind, Brain, and Education.
Throughout our eight-week in-house program, each participant will receive a comprehensive “Letters Are Characters” kit, including:
A fresh set of scented crayons and a “Letters are Colors” coloring book
The “Letters are Characters” Book (to be returned to Durham Public Library upon completion)
Letter Dough Powder with a storage bag for the created dough
Additionally, every parent will receive a weekly instructional letter and video, alongside unparalleled access to the creator of “Letters Are Characters,” Dr. Caroline Ugurlu, available via email or phone. Amazing, right?
If you’re unable to enroll in the live class or if no sessions are currently running, you can explore segments of this course through the “Letters Are Characters” textbook, accessible at the library.
We will have a group kick-off Friday 12/15 with the creator, Dr Caroline Ugurlu at 3:30 pm. Join us for a fun event and to collect your free kit.
THIS PROGRAM WILL ALSO FEATURE OPTIONAL IN-PERSON MEETINGS IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY TO BE ANNOUNCED AT A later DATE
Why the Emphasis on Literacy Acquisition?
By the age of six, a child’s familiarity with letter sounds stands as the most critical predictor of future reading ability. “Letters are Characters” primes kids for reading dynamically and enjoyably, ensuring they embark on the right path. Moreover, it empowers parents through awareness and understanding of the science of reading and the brain.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress reports that over two-thirds of American children lack proficiency in reading by the fourth grade. Together, we can alter this course.
Reading to our children yields manifold benefits:
Enhanced performance in school
Strengthened bonds with caregivers
Enhanced imagination, creativity, and language skills
Improved cognitive abilities, critical thinking, and problem-solving
A framework to discuss challenging topics
A greater likelihood of reading for pleasure
You are your child’s foremost and most influential educator. Ensuring children read well, frequently, and profoundly stands as one of the finest gifts you can bestow upon them. If a child encounters difficulties in learning to read, do not delay intervention. The most valuable gifts you can offer children are time and attention.
Join us this summer for a fun and exciting reading program. Starting on June 20th, head to the library to pick up a summer reading log. If you’ll be entering 6th grade in the fall of 2023, please skip to the Teen Program. If you’re not yet in Kindergarten ask for a board game. Adults, don’t leave empty-handed, make sure to take an Adult BINGO board.
Birth -Pre K – Board Game
Starting Tuesday, June 20th parents and children ( ages 0-4, not entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2023) can visit the Summer Reading Desk and pick up a Pre-K Summer Reading Challenge. If their child is entering kindergarten this fall start them with the K-5 program, Read & Bead.
Kids in grades K- 5 ( as of Fall 2023) will be doing Read & Bead.
To register, simply visit the library’s Summer Reading Desk and grab a Summer Read & Bead Activity Log along with your Read & Bead chain and your first brag tag. If you can’t make it to the library right away, you can print your log at home and backdate any activities with your caregiver’s approval.
Read or complete any other activities listed in your log each day
Color in the day to mark your progress
There’s no timing or counting necessary, just have fun and enjoy the program
Bring your log to the Summer Reading Desk and collect the beads you’ve earned
Trade in your beads for more exciting shapes and colors
Remember, you must bring your log with you to the library to collect your beads. If you’re exchanging beads to level up, please bring them with you as well.
To finish the program, simply turn in your log by September 1st and receive a small surprise. And don’t forget, all beads earned are yours to keep.
Teens ( Grades 6 -12 in the Fall of 2023)
Teens entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2023 are invited to stop by the summer reading desk and grab a Teen BINGO card. When they’ve completed a row they can turn the board in as an entry for several possible prize baskets.
Teens can complete as many BINGO cards as they like until 8/13.
Starting July 7, there will be a drawing every two weeks for the summer reading prize. There will be a total of 4 drawings. If a name is not selected, it will be kept in the drawing for the subsequent rounds.
The four drawing dates are as follows: July 7, July 21, August 4, and August 18.