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First 5 allocates $250,000 for pediatricians to Reach Out and Read®

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First 5 San Bernardino wants to see pediatric offices in San Bernardino County make reading doctor-recommended to children ages 5 and under. With the investment of $250,000 from the early childhood development funder, pediatricians can order age-appropriate books to get a Reach Out and Read® program started in their offices.

Reach Out & Read® is a national program that distributes books through pediatricians to connect reading as a vital practice for quality early childhood development.  While in the waiting room, volunteer readers or parents themselves are provided books to read to their children, increasing the child’s interaction and exposure to words.  Parents of children ages 5 and under will able to take prescribed books home to build their child’s library and early literacy capacity. First 5 San Bernardino developed a partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 last year to see expansion of the program across the county.

“This partnership leverages the timing of well-child check-ups to reinforce reading as a critical activity for brain development in the first five years of life,” says Karen E. Scott, Executive Director of First 5 San Bernardino.  “A partnership with our local pediatricians through this program is timely as our county acknowledges the needs of literacy programs through the Vision 2 Read campaign. We hope to find pediatricians that are interested offering this added benefit of developmental support to their patients.”

Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, Vice President of American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 says, “Reach Out and Read is an opportunity to address the holistic well-being of our developing patients and cultivate bonding activities with their parents. The results from this program implementation across the nation are impressive and we’re looking to have that same impact on children in San Bernardino County.”

For more information on this initiative in San Bernardino County or communicate interest as a pediatric representative, visit http://bit.ly/roarsanbernardino or call (909) 386-7706. For information on the national program, visit www.reachoutandread.org.

New Book Festival comes to Hesperia Library

HES_FESTofBOOKSThe San Bernardino County Library invites you to join us at our Hesperia Branch for a New Book Festival where we will unveil thousands of new books! Come celebrate literacy by traveling through themed lands throughout the library, meet Princess Belle and Prince Charming, go on a safari, rhyme with the Cat in the Hat, build with Jumbo Blocks, meet the characters from the LEGO movie, take a picture by the Batmobile, make fun crafts, live DJ and much more.

This event is another opportunity to celebrate and support the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read. The New Book Festival will take place on Thursday, Jan. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. The first 500 people to arrive at the event will receive a free bag. Bring your library card and be the first to check out thousands of new items and you could be entered into several opportunity drawings that will take place throughout the event. Don’t forget to come dressed as your favorite character. All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Hesperia Branch Library is located at 9650 7th Avenue.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220.

Wonderland arrives at the Library

Alice FONsmallerAlice HGLsmallerThe San Bernardino County Library invites the public to an event like no other. Library Wonderland is a fun-filled event complete with stories and photo opportunities with Alice, the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter.

Bring the whole family and make Wonderland-themed crafts, decorate a hat of your own and enjoy fun games and face painting. Also, enter our opportunity drawing to win great incentives by completing a Wonderland map and checking out a minimum of 15 items. Additional tickets can be earned for every 15 items checked out during the event.

Wonderland will take place twice in January at two San Bernardino County Library branches: Lewis Library & Technology Center in Fontana on Tuesday, Jan. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. and the Highland Sam Racadio Library on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. All activities are free and open to all ages.

The Lewis Library & Technology Center is at 8437 Sierra Avenue and the Highland Sam Racadio Library is at 7863 Central Avenue.
The San Bernardino County Library system is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs and services for all the people who call San Bernardino County home.

Read and visit with Santa at County libraries

2015 Xmas HGL_smaller 2015 Xmas HES_smallerOn Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Hesperia branch library will host An Evening with Santa and Friends from 4 to 7 p.m.. Pick up your character ticket, starting at 10 a.m., for a visit with Santa, Queen Elsa or Olaf. Join in the fun with other activities such as crafts, write a letter to Santa, and much more.

The Sam J. Racadio Library in Highland invites you to A Very Merry Library Party on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy crafts, holiday stories, caroling and bring your camera for a photo with Olaf.

Bookmobile service coming to Apple Valley

San Bernardino County Library Adventure BusThe public is invited to visit the San Bernardino County Library Adventure Bus Bookmobile at the Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Branch Library, 14901 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. beginning December 1. The Bookmobile offers the following services:

•             Get a library card

•             Check out materials

•             Return or renew materials

•             Request materials from other San Bernardino County Library branches

Services are also available at the temporary location of the Apple Valley Branch Library at the Victor Valley Museum, 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley, 760-240-2111.  Library hours at the museum are Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For full library services, visit these branches in the area:

Hesperia Branch Library

9650 7th Avenue in Hesperia

760-244-4898

Adelanto Branch Library

11497 Bartlett Avenue in Adelanto

760-246-5661

Janice Horst Lucerne Valley Branch Library

33103 Old Woman Springs Road in Lucerne Valley

760-248-7521

Phelan Memorial Library

9800 Clovis Road in Phelan

760-868-3053

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all the people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision, http://www.sbcounty.gov/vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County Library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.org/ or call (909) 387-2220

Add a book to your gifts, donations this holiday season

In the spirit of the Vision2Read campaign, the community is encouraged to add a book to their holiday gifts this year.

Add a book to gifts for family and friends and add a book when contributing to holiday toy and gift drives.

The gift of literacy is the gift of a better life. In San Bernardino County, 69 percent of third graders do not meet new California English language arts/literacy standards. Access to books profoundly impacts a child’s academic and career achievement.

Vision2Read is a year-long Countywide Vision campaign to help improve literacy throughout San Bernardino County by connecting people to literacy resources and volunteer opportunities. Read more about the campaign at  www.Vision2Read.com.

Need inspiration? Watch this video and spread the word to add a book this holiday season on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #AddABook.

First 5 San Bernardino Reach Out and Read event attracts pediatricians

ROAR pediatriciansFirst 5 San Bernardino and American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 held an informational dinner on Nov. 5 for local pediatricians interested in bringing Reach Out and Read to pediatric care waiting rooms.

Reach Out & Read® is a national program that distributes books through pediatricians to connect reading as a vital practice for quality early childhood development. While in the waiting room, volunteer readers or parents themselves are provided books to read to their children, increasing the child’s interaction and exposure to words. Parents of children ages 5 and under will able to take prescribed books home to build their child’s library and early literacy capacity.

About 35 guests attended the dinner and many in the pediatric community were already familiar with the program and excited to implement it into their practices. An additional dinner targeting the High Desert region will be forthcoming.

For more information on this initiative in San Bernardino County, visit http://bit.ly/roarsanbernardino or call (909) 386-7706. For information on the national program, visit www.reachoutandread.org.

Middle College High School ranks in top 10 in California

MCHS LogoSan Bernardino City Unified School District’s Middle College High School, which has long been one of the top-performing schools in the Inland Empire, is now among the best in California.

Schooldigger.com, which evaluates the academic performance of schools around the nation, recently ranked Middle College High ninth in the state based on student test scores. Middle College ranked better than 99.9 percent of high schools in California and was the only school in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties to make the Top 10 list.

Located adjacent to San Bernardino Valley College, Middle College serves about 300 students. Eighty percent of students are initially recruited as middle-performing students, who with the additional challenge of dual enrollment and increased academic support, thrive in a smaller learning community.

Principal James Espinoza believes the school’s success comes from having 100 percent engagement from students, staff, District, parents, community and SBVC.

“Our goal is simple,” Espinoza said. “Every student will be prepared to graduate from a four-year college of choice in preparation for careers of choice that require a four-year degree or higher.”

At Middle College High School, failure is not an option.

“We know that when we set the academic bar high, students will meet and exceed our expectations,” Espinoza added.

For the 2015-16 school year, 23 Middle College students are on track to graduate with an Associate of Arts degree, giving them a jump on their college and career goals.

Read for the Record a success at County libraries

read for the record 3read for the record 1All San Bernardino County Library branches participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a global campaign which generates public support for high quality early learning by mobilizing millions of children and adults to take part in the world’s largest shared reading experience.

All of the 32 San Bernardino County branches held storytime and introduced the Read for the Record program to 1,386 children across the county. Liz Smith, who works for the County Library said many of the branches also incorporated arts and crafts into the Read for the Record events.

This year was the 10-year anniversary of the campaign and the book highlighted by the campaign this year was “Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones.

 

First 5 San Bernardino seeks pediatricians for Reach Out and Read

fbpostreachoutandreadFirst 5 San Bernardino and American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 have partnered to bring an early literacy initiative to pediatric care waiting rooms.

Reach Out & Read® is a national program that distributes books through pediatricians to connect reading as a vital practice for quality early childhood development. While in the waiting room, volunteer readers or parents themselves are provided books to read to their children, increasing the child’s interaction and exposure to words. Parents of children ages 5 and under will able to take prescribed books home to build their child’s library and early literacy capacity.

“This partnership leverages the timing of well-child check-ups to reinforce reading as a critical activity for brain development in the first five years of life,” says Karen E. Scott, Executive Director of First 5 San Bernardino. “A partnership with our local pediatricians through this program is timely as our county acknowledges the needs of literacy programs through the Vision2Read campaign. We hope to find pediatricians that are interested offering this added benefit of developmental support to their patients.”

Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, Vice President of American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 says, “Reach Out and Read is an opportunity to address the holistic well-being of our developing patients and cultivate bonding activities with their parents. The results from this program implementation across the nation are impressive and we’re looking to have that same impact on children in San Bernardino County.”

First 5 San Bernardino in partnership with American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 is hosting an informational dinner for pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists and pediatric medical representatives to introduce the program and gain interest from the local medical community. The first event, ROAR & Explore the Possibilities!, is set for Thursday, Nov. 5, at the office of First 5 San Bernardino located at 735 E. Carnegie Drive, Suite 150 in San Bernardino from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Details on an additional dinner targeting the High Desert region are forthcoming.

For more information on this initiative in San Bernardino County or to register and RSVP for the informational dinner, visit http://bit.ly/roarsanbernardino or call (909) 386-7706. For information on the national program, visit www.reachoutandread.org.

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