Authors Luncheon 2016 is coming
Join us for the 16th Annual Authors Luncheon. Enjoy refreshing mimosas, a beautiful lunch, and six wonderful Authors. To date, joining us to share their gift of writing are Joyce Goldstein, Naomi Hirahara, and Jacqueline Luckett.
The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano
November 6, 2016 -- 10:30am—3:00pm
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Thank you, Solano County! Give Local Solano brought the SCLF just more than $2,600 to help with our literacy efforts. There were some technical glitches but this first effort was still a success.
A big sweet 'Thank you!' to Fentons
AWE Stations Get Kids Ready for School
As brain science advances, studies continue to confirm the fact that young children need learning opportunities in their first five years if they are to be successful when they begin school. Research also shows that children who enter school without the basic motor and cognitive skills for kindergarten may never catch up.
According to Kidsdata.org, statistics from 2013 indicate that more than 40% of Solano County children ages 3 to 5 were not enrolled in preschool or kindergarten, and more than 55% of third-graders were not proficient in reading. If children do not read at gradelevel by the end of the third grade, they are at risk of falling behind academically. Many will drop out of school without graduating, and their economic prospects are poor.
The Library's new AWE stations are designed to help young learners practice early math, reading, and digital literacy skills by playing games on a special computer for kids. They are available in all eight branches of Solano County Library and were made possible with a $25,000 grant to the Solano County Library Foundation from the Solano Community Foundation. Each station is loaded with over 70 games and includes a touch screen, color-coded keyboard, headphones and a child-sized mouse. "The AWE Stations are like magnets for kids. They love the colorful computer and the fanciful characters. They love that the computer is unmistakably just for them. AWE Stations are kind of like Sesame Street, learning doesn't feel like learning, they're fun," said Mark Fink who coordinated the grant and is the Library's deputy director for public services.
In addition to practicing their emerging math and literacy abilities, kids expand the motor skills they need to operate a computer. "Getting that mouse and keyboard practice before going to school is especially important for children who don't have computers at home," Fink added.