Libraries

Here’s Why Your Town Library Should Hire a Social Worker

In any given community, the public library is one of the most important buildings. The library plays many roles, providing space, resources, and programming, with its doors open to all. In certain cities across the U.S., about three dozen libraries and systems currently have a social worker on staff. This number is growing as communities report the positive effects of having on-staff social workers. Libraries can often be a safe place for children and adults…

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Frequently Banned Books Everyone Should Read

Banned books aren’t exactly a new concept, but the scope and frequency of them certainly seem to have exploded in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. School systems, teachers, parents, and political activists battle over the specifics of education in America, from the opening of schools and quarantine protocols around the country to the in-class discussion of potentially controversial topics like systemic racism and prejudice. Yet these are all precisely the sort of complex societal…

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Levels of Banned Books Skyrocket in the US

Attacking books has been an American tradition since 1650, when Puritans in the Massachusetts Bay Colony seized William Pynchon’s “The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption,” labeling it blasphemous for saying obedience, and not suffering, led to atonement. In 1885, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was banned for “coarse language” (and much later for the use of the n-word). “On the Origin of Species,” probably the most influential book ever banned, was censored in 1895 for…

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13 Ways Schools Can Promote Literacy Through Independent Reading

In the age of modern literacy, independent reading and student choice can easily take a back seat to having students take on more challenging texts. Motivation and choice play key roles in successful literary programs, however, and strong readers are those who read a wide variety of genres and text types. In the quest to build capable readers, promoting independent, self-selected reading remains key. Creating ravenous, lifelong readers doesn’t just happen; it takes a school-wide…

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How Students Can Find Reliable Sources Online Using 3 Simple Steps

In the era of fake news and Internet misinformation, ensuring that students know how to find reliable sources of information online is essential. Thanks to the relative ease of creating and sharing content online, students are confronted with publications created solely to entertain, persuade, and incite via incorrect or incomplete statistics. Students diving into the world of academic and professional-level research often have no awareness of the gaps in their understanding when it comes to performing…

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Does Your Child Hate Reading? Do This to Make Them Love It

For many families, reading is a pleasurable activity when kids are young, but then as kids get older, they start to hate reading. Parents are more aware than ever that strong reading skills are fundamental to academic success. Teachers also feel pressure to make sure students are reading on or above grade level, often with their evaluations and salaries hanging in the balance. On top of it all, kids may be quick to claim they…

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Your Library May Let You Borrow Toys, Clothing, Electronics, and More

We all know that libraries are wonderful for checking out books, but the number of non-book related items that libraries now stock may surprise you. Your library may let you borrow toys, clothing, electronics, and so much more.  Here are just some examples of what it’s possible to borrow from US libraries:  Books CDs and DVDs Musical instruments Expensive event clothing Gardening materials Laptops, video projectors, and digital cameras Electronics chargers Reading glasses Bicycles, scooters,…

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Learn More About Upcoming Holiday Events at the Hingham Library

Boston Tutoring Services is proud to support local libraries. Check out the fun-filled holiday events taking place at the Hingham Library below. Holiday Book Sale: Stop by our holiday sale in the lobby now through December 24, with new additions daily. Featuring new and like-new DVD’s and CD’s, Christmas books, children’s and adult books, and more. You’ll find the perfect gifts at great prices.  Happy shopping! Board Game Afternoon with Matt Donle of Wicked Fun…

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Learn More About Upcoming Holiday Events at the Taunton Library

Boston Tutoring Services is proud to support local libraries. Check out the fun-filled holiday events taking place at the Taunton Library below. Lights On Festival 2019 The City of Taunton’s Lighting of the Green & Lights On Festival is an annual community celebration featuring live entertainment, kid’s activities, fireworks, and a magical display of holiday lights on historic Taunton Green. This special event is held each year on the first Saturday in December in Downtown…

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Learn More About Upcoming Holiday Events at the Lowell Library

Boston Tutoring Services is proud to support local libraries. Check out the fun-filled holiday events taking place at the Lowell library (Pollard Memorial) below. There will be events for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a STEAM workshop series. Friends-Giving Celebration Wednesday, November 20th at 10:30am Come celebrate friendship, family, and fun! Join us for songs, dance, stories, and more. All children and their grown-ups are welcome. No registration required. Jingle Jam Saturday, December 7th at 10:30am Let…

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