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Salt Institute Documentary Screening

A series of six multimedia stories about the history, people and way of life in the village of Port Clyde will debut at a special screening at the Jackson Memorial Library on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

Produced by students from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, the multimedia presentations feature several local lobstermen and their families, the new and growing industry of lobster processing, the tragic loss of the Port Clyde sardine cannery in a fire and explosion back in 1970 and ample testimony to the unique and cherished way of life in the village from both residents and visitors.

Occupy the Classroom

In a recent New York Times article, Nicholas Kristof points out the value of early childhood education. He cites nobel-prize winning economist James Heckman as saying that the return on investment for education is nearly 7%. He also brings up small scale studies such as the Perry Preschool Program and the Abecedarian project which point out direct outcomes of early childhood education.

Halloween Storytime

Last Saturday, October 22nd, we had a delightful Halloween storytime. Read more for photos of the kids enjoying books, pumpkin carving, and gummy-worm cookies. 

Wii Games

We have new Wii games! You can view all of the games we own, with product descriptions, on our new video games page in the teen section. We always welcome recommendations. 

Ancestry.com Available to JML Patrons

The popular genealogy website, www.ancestry.com, is now available from the Jackson Memorial Library. You may only access this resource from a library computer, or through a computer connected to the library's wifi. Using this website you can track down your family tree through birth records, death records, marriage records, and census records. If you have any questions one of the library staff will be glad to help you utilize this new resource. 

 

How to Get Your Kid to be a Fanatic Reader

This article excerpt has been taken from www.cnn.com. You may view the full article from their webpage. 

(CNN) -- You're reading CNN.com, so maybe this isn't a stress-inducing worry in your house, but for too many kids in this country, reading is a dirty word. Fortunately, we know exactly whom we have to talk to in order to start a much-needed intervention.

Sorry, moms and dads, but it's your job -- not the schools' -- to find books to get your kids reading and to make sure they read them.

Here's some good news: This can often be as easy as teaching children to ride a two-wheeler or to throw a baseball. Case in point: When our son, Jack, was 8, he wasn't a gung-ho reader. Now, I'm sure my wife, Sue, and I have made a half-million mistakes raising Jack, but during that eighth summer of our stewardship, we did something right: We told him he didn't have to mow the lawn (hooray!), but he was going to read every day (boo).

Library Books Available on Kindle

Jackson Memorial Library card holders can now download library books to their Kindle eReaders. You can access this service by selecting "Download AudioBooks and eBooks" on the right, or clicking here. If you have any questions feel free to stop by the library with your device for assistance.  

Adult Summer Reading Wraps Up

Adult readers enjoyed a successful program this summer, with more than 50 reading logs turned in. Jean Campbell of Tenants Harbor was the grand prize raffle winner. She won a gift certificate to the Reading Corner. Joyce Patterson, also of Tenants Harbor was the program's most voracious reader. She completed 8 reading logs and won a L.E.D. book light. Hope to see you all again for next year's program.

Caitlyn Shetterly Reading

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011 author and National Public Radio (NPR) contributor Caitlin Shetterly will read from her memoir, Made For You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home. The event will take place at the Ocean View Grange in Martinsville at 6 p.m., with a reception before at 5:30 p.m.

Homework Help Center **New Starting Day**

Starting  October 18th, the library will be hosting a homework help center twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, from directly after school until 4:30 for 1st through 5th grades. The library will be providing a quiet space for the children to work on their homework and any enrichment activities provided for them. There will be at least one adult present to assist with any questions they may have. The library will also ensure that the children have access to some computers if it is necessary for their homework or enrichment activities.  A staff member or volunteer will go to school to walk over any children whose parents would like an adult to accompany them to the library. To take advantage of this, parents must send a note to school with their child saying that they would like to be walked to the library for the homework help center.  Due to space constraints, we are only able to allow ten children per session. If we find that we are exceeding this number, we will provide a signup sheet at school for a first come first serve basis. 

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