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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Children’s services have evolved technologically over the last 15 years

The demand has grown for programs for babies and toddlers.  Registering for programs got a lot easier with online sign-ups on the library's website. Forewarned is forearmed, and alphabetical lists could be drawn up and participants' names checked off when the arrived. Email reminders help parents with busy schedules.   The summer reading program has also changed, with the schools, local bookshops and even banks also offering summer reading programs. Denman said the approach to the summer reading program at the library has been simplified. Local charities have benefited from reading contests. This year, children who read or are read to consistently receive raffle tickets with gift cards as the prizes.
Nonfiction today is also different, Denman said, with more eye-popping visuals in different formats that young readers enjoy. Also great for the reluctant reader, she said, are graphic novels written specifically for younger readers.