Auburn Memorial Library Partners with NET, State Department of Education in ‘Ready to Learn’ Events

News Release Date: 
June 5, 2013

For Immediate Release

Auburn Memorial Library Partners with NET, State Department of Education in ‘Ready to Learn’ Events

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 5, 2013) –- Each year the Auburn (Neb.) Memorial Library has a summer reading program for children. This year NET Learning Services and the Nebraska Department of Education/Office of Early Childhood are partnering with the library, providing materials and activities through the PBS Ready to Learn initiative.

Each Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. the Library will host a program suitable for children from age 4 through fifth grade. The program begins June 25 and runs through July 30.

NET has provided a Kindle and Ipad to the library for children and families to use while in the library. Free, digital transmedia content customized to mobile devices (tablets and smart phones) will be available for children, parents, caregivers and teachers as part of the Ready to Learn initiative. These digital resources are mapped to national and common core standards, and are highly user friendly.

Auburn was selected as a pilot community to receive Ready to Learn Transmedia resources by the Nebraska Department of Education/Office of Early Childhood. An event in late April kicked off the three-year project. Ready to Learn is a coordinated learning experience that connects concepts learned in preschool, school, after school, summer programs and at home to strengthen children’s math and literacy skills. Ready to Learn is a national partnership between the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Broadcasting Service under the U.S. Department of Education Ready To Learn grant.

Ready to Learn activities and media were created by children’s media producers and technology developers to create high-quality, non-commercial, age-appropriate, educational content for 2- to 8-year-olds that supports math and literacy learning across a range of technologies. The content builds on the appeal and impact of PBS Kids characters and stories across a variety of platforms such as interactive videos, games, TV programs, online and mobile apps. The activities are mapped to national and common core standards and have proven to be effective learning tools.

Peggy Oshlo, Auburn Memorial Library children’s librarian, said 90 to 100 children participate in the library’s summer reading program each year.

Summer is time when school-age children may lose some of their academic skills, especially if they do not continue to practice reading, math and other activities.

As part of the 2013 program, each week a new presenter, ranging from a magician to an entomologist, will entertain and educate children in their field of specialty.

Program participants earn “book bucks” for each book they complete during the program. The children can redeem their “book bucks” for various prizes at the end of the six-week program, and also receive a goody bag and a Pizza Hut certificate.                                      

There will also be a PBS Kids “scavenger hunt” with PBS prizes. The hunt is based on the PBS Kids Summer Literacy Initiative program theme weeks. Children will be invited to watch episodes of particular shows, answer a specific question and earn additional “bucks.”

The PBS programs highlighted during Auburn’s summer event are:

June 24, “Martha Speaks.” Five episodes with a “puppy” theme.

July 1, “Curious George.” George gets creative with a week of dancing, making music and even opera!

July 8, “Dinosaur Train.” The Dinosaur Train “A-Z” specials will be featured in this round-up of all things Dinosaur.

July 15, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” Daniel and friends hit the road and play outside all week long.             

July 22, “Cat in the Hat.” All week, the Cat, Nick and Sally play it cool when they explore all things wet.

Ready to Learn activities will continue in Auburn through 2015.

NET Learning Services is a service of NET. For more information go to netnebraska.org.

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CONTACT: Marthaellen Florence, NET director of community engagement and educational outreach, 402-470-6603 or  mflorence@netNebraska.org

RELEASE WRITTEN BY: Kim Hachiya, 402-472-9333, ext. 694, or e-mail at khachiya@netNebraska.org

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