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Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Join other adults for card games and some light conversation at the Independence Public Library every first and third Tuesday of the month. Cards'n'Convo is free and there is no registration required. The next Cards'n'Convo will be February 3rd, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. See you there!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TIPLINE: Metafiction

The Independence Public Library's Interesting Nuggets of Exploration: Metafiction

The 5-5-5 Reading Challenge has taken off and many of us are finishing up our first Genre. If you've already got your first Genre in the bag, be sure to stop in at the library to pick up your first prize. If you're looking for a Genre to dig into, try Metafiction.
What's Metafiction? Well, it's fiction...about fiction,...or writing fiction,...or living in fiction,...or something else fiction related. It's complicated, but it's fun. If you want a definition that is a little more exact try they define Metafiction as "fiction that discusses, describes, or analyzes a work of fiction or the conventions of fiction."
Metafiction is more common than you might think, you may have already read some metafiction. Mo Willems' "We Are In A Book" is metafiction, and so is Jodi Picoult's "Between The Lines." Even some of the newer fiction at the library is metafiction, like "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield and "The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin. There are plenty more, you can find a short list by going to the 5-5-5 Reading Challenge's Genres Page, and clicking on the Metafiction Page. If you know of a book that fits the bill at the IPL, and isn't listed, feel free to add it. Just double click and type in the title and author. You can also add books to the other genre pages, just double click and type.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

iPad Q&A At The IPL!

The Independence Public Library will hold another iPad Q&A session on February 2nd, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM in the Community Room. For more information or to register for the class, contact the library at 334-2470. The class will be taught by Kim Van Deest, and participants are encouraged to bring their iPad with them to learn in class.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Reading In The Palm of Your Hand

Join the Independence Public Library on January 29th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM to learn how to checkout and purchase ebooks for your phone, tablet, or other mobile devices.
Bring your device to the ebooks for Mobile Devices class. The class is free and open to the public, and will be taught by Kim Van Deest. You can register for the class by calling (334-2470), or stopping in at the library.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Closing Early To Better The Library!

The Independence Public Library will be closing early next Wednesday (January 28th) for Staff Development. Wednesday's alternative hours will be from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Normal hours will resume on Thursday.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Zen Doodle Day At The IPL!

Stop in at the IPL for Zen Doodle Day on January 31st, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. There's no need to register, and all the supplies will be provided. Just come ready to create and have fun. Everyone is welcome to attend, but the program is best suited for those 12 and up. You can give it a try before Zen Doodle Day by checking out one of the library's zen doodle books.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Flutterby Bits

Early Literacy
During Rhyme Time, the Itsy Bitsy Spider is a favorite finger rhyme.
Talking, singing, reading, writing and playing are fun, easy ways to build early literacy skills.  I get to practice these activities with great helpers that know all about fun (and they are approximately 3 feet tall- or less).   These are some of my favorite times!!   And I get to spend a few hours doing this every week! 
What a lucky girl I am!!
All of these activities start to build and strengthen early literacy skills in the youngest of us all.
Talking helps to build oral language, one of the most critical early literacy skills.  Singing &/or rhyming increases children’s awareness to the sounds in words.  Writing begins with scribbles and helps children to understand that print represents words.
Give your child plenty of playtime.  This is when children use their imaginations.  It encourages development of narrative skills and the understanding that stories and books have a beginning, middle, and end. 
Reading together or shared reading is probably most effective way to help your child become an accomplished reader.
These skills all build on each other! Besides being fun, they are some of the benefits of Story Time and Rhyme Time.

What better door can we help to open for our young?  This doorway will be used for entire an lifetime. 

Story Time for the 2-5 year olds is on
Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 10AM. 

 Rhyme Time for the 0-2year olds is on
Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 10AM.

  Give your child the beginning steps for reading, writing, and learning, the foundation and skills to help boost literacy.
Always great to see all the smiles, I hope to see yours soon. 
  Children Services