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Monthly Archives: January 2016

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.

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