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Tips for Reading to Children & Reading as a Family

 

It's summer. Kids are (almost!) out of school and there is time to relax and read!  

When children are little, we take the time to read to them. Did you know that it is just as important to keep reading to children, even though they are reading on their own?  

By reading aloud with children, you are lengthening their attention span, building their vocabulary and increasing their knowledge of the world. You are modeling the behavior that you want them to emulate.  

To make the book come alive, use your voice to show the emotions happening in the book. When you finish a chapter, talk and ask questions to increase their comprehension, curiosity, and background knowledge. Talk about how the characters could have handled something better or differently or ask your child what they would do in the same situation. Talk about the emotions and feelings happening in the book, or perhaps how it can relate to present day happenings.

The list of possible books to read aloud are endless. There are classics like Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and The Secret Garden. Visit the dark planet Camazotz in A Wrinkle In Time, or a young Laura Ingalls in the Little House books. Author Beverly Cleary has written so many wonderful timeless books such as The Mouse And The Motorcycle series and the Ramona Quimby series. There may be a movie made from the book you’ve read, so it would be fun to watch the movie after reading the book to note any differences. Also, don’t forget that reading non-fiction books together can be very enticing to a child.  Who doesn’t want to read about hero dogs, sharks, or planets? They will be learning, and they don’t even know it because of how you are presenting the topic. Please stop in to your neighborhood KPL branch; we’ll be glad to help you find the right book for your family.

Reading a book aloud together is the least expensive and most effective way to boost your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world. We never stop learning and growing, so why not do it as a family? Reading together will strengthen your family bond, and give your child great memories with an emotional connection to well-spent family time.

 

     

 

Donna Holmen
Early Literacy Specialist
Youth & Family Services
Kenosha Public Library

Tips for Reading with a Busy Schedule

 

Summer is upon us and the Kenosha Public Library is excited to kick-off our Summer Reading Program! If you aren’t familiar with the program, it is a very impactful way to keep reading skills active in children and teens during the summer months and a great opportunity for adults to de-stress and take a break from the ever growing information that is thrown at us every day.

Right now you may be asking yourself, “How can I make time to read with everything I have to do?” Great question! How you make time to read depends on how you like to read. Some people enjoy reading in small bits of time so they can think about the content and process it thoroughly, while others prefer reading for a longer period and immersing themselves in the world the book is creating. Some readers prefer poetry that can be broken down into smaller sections or nonfiction content where you read what you need. Then you have those of us who hunker down and read the entire book in one night. The joy of reading is that it is so individual, so planning to read will be the same way.

Here are some tips on how to make time to read broken down into short and long periods of time.

Short:

  • Read during commercial breaks

  • Divide your down time into 15 minute segments and use a timer to let you know when each bit is over. Designate at least one segment per hour for reading

  • Read in the bathroom

  • Set aside the last 10 minutes of your lunch hour for reading at work

  • Read while you are waiting for an appointment or meeting to start

  • Listen to audiobooks on your way to work or during your workout

  • Read while you are waiting for something to cook

Long:

  • Studies have shown that the blue light from electronic devices affects your brain chemistry and makes it harder for you to fall asleep, so set aside an hour to read before bedtime and get quality zzzz’s

  • Break up your off days into 1 hour chunks and use reading as a reward for getting 2-3 hours of tasks done

  • Going on a trip? See if you can get there by train and read while someone else gets you to your destination

  • Make it a family event and take turns reading together after dinner

  • Plan a reading “staycation” and set aside a day or two to binge-read your favorite novel. Don’t forget the snacks!

 

No matter which type of reader you are, you can find some quality time with a book if you manage your time well.
If you’d like more information on time management techniques, here are some titles we have at the Kenosha Public Library:

 

Stephanie Lewin-Lane
Instruction Librarian
Adult and Digital Services
Kenosha Public Library

Summer Reading Registration is here!

No matter your age or reading level, your Kenosha Public Library has a summer reading program for you!
Registration is currently open at all KPL branches for our Everybody Reads summer reading program, which will run from June 1st - August 31st. Anyone can participate either online, via the Beanstack mobile app, or in print.

We highly encourage families to participate together!
Programs available this year are for the following age groups:

0-3 Years
3-5 Years
Grades K-5
Teen
Adult

TO REGISTER:

  • ONLINE: Visit mykpl.beanstack.org.
    If you already have a Beanstack account, type in your username/password. The programs open to your age group will appear on your home page with a register button.
    If you do not have a free Beanstack account yet, Scroll down to the appropriate age group and click REGISTER.
    Fill out the form and follow the instructions.

  • MOBILE APP: Visit your phone’s app store and download the BEANSTACK TRACKER app.
    Click FIND YOUR SCHOOL OR LIBRARY and type in KENOSHA PUBLIC LIBRARY.
    If you already have a Beanstack account, type in your username/password. The programs open to your age group will appear on your home page with a register button.
    If you do not have a free Beanstack account yet, click DON’T HAVE AN ACCOUNT? SIGN UP! At the bottom of the page and follow the instructions.

  • PAPER: Visit your favorite KPL branch and visit any service desk.
    Staff will register you and provide you with a paper version of the Everybody Reads program for your age group.
     

QUESTIONS? We are happy to answer them! Stop by your local KPL branch, visit our Facebook Page or call Reference at 262-564-6130 or Youth Services at 262-564-6150.

Recommended Reading from Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez

Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez, our Community Kick-Off Event speaker was asked during the Q&A following his talk to share some of his favorite Latin American/Latinx authors.
His list was quite extensive - and too quick for us to write down! So, he kindly emailed his recommendations for us to share. Enjoy!

It almost goes without saying, but Luis Alberto Urrea! Favorites include: Into the Beautiful North, the Devil's Highway, and The House of Broken Angels.

LATIN AMERICAN:

Colombia:
Gabriel García Márquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Gabriel García Márquez, Innocent Erendira: and Other Stories

Peru:
Mario Vargas Llosa, La guerra del fin del mundo (translation: The War of the End of the World)
Santiago Roncagliolo, Abril rojo (translation: Red April) A really great thriller. 

Ecuador:
Gabriela Alemán, Poso Wells (same title in Spanish and English)

Argentina:
Rodrigo Fresán, The Bottom of the Sky (original: El fondo del cielo)

Mexico:
Juan Rulfo, Pedro Páramo
Juan Rulfo, El llano en llamas (translation: The Burning Plain)
Cristina Rivera Garza, The Taiga Syndrome (original: El mal de la Taiga)

Brazil:
Clarice Lispector. The Hour of the Star
J.M. Machado de Asis. The Posthumous Memories of Bras Cubas

 

LATINX:

Susana Chávez Silverman, Killer Crónicas
Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek
Pat Mora, Tomás and the Library Lady
Tomás Rivera, …and the Earth did Not Swallow Him
Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Around the Bloc

And of course - be sure to check out Santiago's work!

 

NEA Big Read Books

Update 3/2: Our free books have all been picked up, but you can still check out a copy from the library! See below for more details. Happy Reading!

NEA Big Read Book Distribution is HERE for Into the Beautiful North! Free book copies are available in English and Spanish. Books are first come, first served, and are available at the following locations.
In order to ensure as many people get them as possible, everyone will be limited to one book per person. 

BOOK DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS:

  • Kenosha Public Library - Southwest Library (7979 38th Avenue)
     
  • Kenosha Public Library - Northside Library (1500 27th Avenue)
     
  • Kenosha Public Library - Simmons Library  (711 59th Place)
     
  • Kenosha Public Library - Uptown Library (2419 63rd Street)
     
  • Kenosha Civil War Museum (5400 1st Avenue)
     
  • Community Library - Salem Library (24615 89th Street, Salem)
     
  • Community Library - Twin Lakes Library (110 S Lake Avenue, Twin Lakes)
     
  • UW-Parkside Library (900 Wood Road)
     
  • St Marks Parish (7117 14th Avenue)
    Libros en español disponible aquí - Visite la oficina con la puerta anaranjada en la calle 14 . 
    Spanish books available here - Visit the Office with the Orange Door on 14th Street.
     

Additional copies are available for check out:

 

 

Into the Beautiful North: About the Book

Welcome to another NEA Big Read in Kenosha! We are proud to introduce you to a wonderful book: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. 

Into the Beautiful North is, at its heart, a story about journeys. It begins in the small town of Tres Camarones, Mexico where a group of teenagers realizes that all of the men in their town have left and traveled to Los Yuniates, in search of work and income. When some drug lord bandidos arrive and threaten the village, a screening of the Yul Brynner classic, The Magnificent Seven, inspires Nayeli and her friends to travel north as well - to cross the border into the United States, and bring back their own Siete Magníficos to help restore their home back to its former glory.  While their journey plays out, Nayeli, Tacho, Yolo, and Vampi encounter many vibrant, unforgettable characters and have all kinds of new experiences, while still longing to return back to their home and heart, Tres Camarones. 

To learn more about Into the Beautiful North, visit:

To learn more about Luis Alberto Urrea, visit:


Book Distribution (in English and Spanish) will begin in Mid-February.
In the meantime, start reading now with a library copy:


Or read another of Luis Alberto Urrea's books:


NEA Big Read events will run from March 1st to April 1st.
Visit our event calendar to learn more! (linked)

We look forward to reading and discussing Into the Beautiful North with you!

JANUARY Book Clubs!

Do you enjoy discussing what you read? Or maybe you’re looking for something new to read?
Join us for our Monthly Book Clubs - we’ve got something for everyone!
For more information on Book Clubs at Kenosha Public Library, visit us online at: https://www.mykpl.info/book-clubs or call our Reference Desk at 262-564-6130.

AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK BOOK CLUB
Northside, 3rd Wednesdays, 2pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 262-564-6130 or email cpolovina@mykpl.info

JANUARY’S BOOK:
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
(Click here to find this title in the SHARE Catalog!)

CALL-IN BOOK CLUB
Call-In (Phone), 2nd Tuesdays, 2pm
To register and get the phone number to call on the day of the discussion, please call KAFASI at 262-658-3508, ext.110 or 118.

JANUARY’S BOOK:
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
(Click here to find this title in the SHARE Catalog!)

CLASSIC NOVELS BOOK CLUB
Northside, 4th Wednesdays, 3:30pm
For more information about this book club, email cpolovina@mykpl.info

JANUARY’S TOPIC:
Read a “Southern Gothic” Novel

FANTASY/SCI-FI BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 4th Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

MYSTERY LOVERS BOOK CLUB
Northside, 2nd Mondays, 2pm OR
Southwest, 3rd Thursdays, 6:30pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

NOVELS AT NIGHT BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 3rd Mondays, 6:00pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 262-564-6130 or email ekastelic@mykpl.info

JANUARY’S TITLE:
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
(Click here to find this title in the SHARE Catalog!)

POLITICS AND MILITARY ACTIONS BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 1st Saturdays, 9:15am

JANUARY’S TOPIC:
Wisconsin and the Civil War

SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB
Northside, 2nd Tuesdays, 12:30pm OR
Northside, 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30pm

JANUARY’S TOPIC:
Social Justice and Food

Xs & Os (ROMANCE READS) BOOK CLUB
Online at GoodReads: http://tinyurl.com/KPLromance

JANUARY’S TOPIC:
Brrr, it’s cold outside!
Read any romance book (any genre) with ICE, ICY, or SNOW in the title.

November Book Clubs

Do you enjoy discussing what you read? Or maybe you’re looking for something new to read? Join us for our Monthly Book Clubs - we’ve got something for everyone! For more information on Book Clubs at Kenosha Public Library, visit us online at: https://www.mykpl.info/book-clubs or call our Reference Desk at 262-564-6130.

AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK BOOK CLUB
Northside, 3rd Wednesdays, 2pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 262-564-6130 or email cpolovina@mykpl.info

NOVEMBER’S BOOK:
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

CALL-IN BOOK CLUB
Call-In (Phone), 2nd Tuesdays, 2pm
To register and get the phone number to call on the day of the discussion, please call KAFASI at 658-3508, ext.110 or 118

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC:
Join us for a discussion of what library employees do, with KPL staff sharing their experiences and answering questions!

CLASSIC NOVELS BOOK CLUB
Northside, 4th Wednesdays, 3:30pm
For more information about this book club, email cpolovina@mykpl.info

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC:
Read a book you never wanted to read

FANTASY/SCI-FI BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 4th Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

GRAPHIC NOVELS BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 2nd Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

MYSTERY LOVERS BOOK CLUB
Northside, 2nd Mondays, 2pm 
Just show up: no specific books to read!

NOVELS AT NIGHT BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 3rd Mondays, 6:00pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 564-6130 or email ekastelic@mykpl.info

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC:
Read any Parody Novel
For Example: 
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
The Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin

POLITICS AND MILITARY ACTIONS BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 1st Saturdays, 9:15am 

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC:
The First World War

SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB
Northside, 2nd Tuesdays, 12:30pm OR
Northside, 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30pm

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC:
Homelessness

Xs & Os (ROMANCE READS) BOOK CLUB
Online at GoodReads: http://tinyurl.com/KPLromance

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC:
Read any romance featuring Thanksgiving or a hunting story

OCTOBER Book Club Preview

 

Do you enjoy discussing what you read? Or maybe you’re looking for something new to read?
Join us for our Monthly Book Clubs - we’ve got something for everyone!
For more information on Book Clubs at Kenosha Public Library, visit us online at: https://www.mykpl.info/book-clubs or call our Reference Desk at 564-6130.

AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK BOOK CLUB
Northside, 3rd Wednesdays, 2pm
For Information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call564-6130 or email cpolovina@mykpl.info

OCTOBER’S BOOK:
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

CALL-IN BOOK CLUB
Call-In (Phone), 2nd Tuesdays, 2pm
To register and get the phone number to call on the day of the discussion, please call KAFASI at 658-3508, ext.110 or 118

OCTOBER'S BOOK:
Read any Fall-themed book!

CLASSIC NOVELS BOOK CLUB
Northside, 4th Wednesdays, 3:30pm
For more information about this book club, email cpolovina@mykpl.info

OCTOBER'S TOPIC:
Read a Novel about a Non-Western country
PLEASE NOTE: This month, Classic Novels Book Club will be held at the Common Ground coffee shop (5159 6th Avenue, Kenosha) on October 24th, instead of Northside Library.

FANTASY/SCI-FI BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 4th Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

GRAPHIC NOVELS BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 2nd Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

MYSTERY LOVERS BOOK CLUB
Northside, 2nd Mondays, 2pm OR
Southwest, 3rd Thursdays, 6:30pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

NOVELS AT NIGHT BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 3rd Mondays, 6:00pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 564-6130 or email ekastelic@mykpl.info

OCTOBER'S BOOK:
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

POLITICS AND MILITARY ACTIONS BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 1st Saturdays, 9:15am

OCTOBER'S TOPIC:
The Industrial Revolution

SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB
Northside, 2nd Tuesdays, 12:30pm OR
Northside, 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30pm

OCTOBER’S TOPIC:
Employment and Jobs

RECOMMENDED TITLE:
Sweat by Lynn Nottage

Learn more about the exciting programming series "SWEAT: Kenosha Works" here!

The October Afternoon Social Justice Book Club will meet at the regular time and date: Tuesday, October 9th, at 12:30, at the Northside Library. The theme is Work, Jobs, and Social Justice.

The October Evening Social Justice Book Club will meet on a different day---October 23rd, 6:30 at the Northside Library. The theme is Work, Jobs, and Social Justice.

Why? The play, Sweat by Lynn Nottage will be presented by the New York City Public Theater’s Mobile Unit on October 16th at 7PM at UAW Local 72 Hall. This event is free, but please RSVP on the KPL  website, or call the library 262-564-6159

Please come watch the play and we can discuss it on October 23rd. If you would like a copy of the script, let me know.

Kristin Kornkven

kkornkven@mykpl.info

262-564-6107

Xs & Ox (ROMANCE READS) BOOK CLUB
Online at GoodReads: http://tinyurl.com/KPLromance

OCTOBER’S TOPIC:
Read a paranormal romance or any romance that celebrates Halloween or Samhain

Get Ready to VOTE!

 

Voter Information

 

Spring 2019

As Kenoshans, we place a high value on our community and what happens to it. Staying engaged through voting is one way to make your voice heard and help positively influence our community as a whole.
There are several actions you can take ahead of time, so you can head into this Election feeling prepared and informed.

Offices to be Elected Spring 2019

Special election April 30, 2019, to fill the 64th Assembly District seat previously held by Peter Barca, D-Kenosha.

64th Assembly District candidates in special election answer questions and 64th assembly district candidates spar on issues

 

Know when to Vote!

Register to Vote!

  • Making sure you are registered (and that your registration is up-to-date) is one of the easiest ways to prepare for an election. Plus, technology can make it even easier.
  • Visit myvote.wi.gov and click Register to Vote (or Click Here!).
  • Not into the technology thing? You can also get print materials at your neighborhood KPL Branch or through the City Clerk's Office.
     

Know Your Polling Place!
Myvote.wi.gov also has you covered here. Click this link to go directly to the webpage you need, or give the KPL Reference Desk a call at 564-6130 and we can look it up for you.

Know What IDs You are Bringing!
For information on what IDs you need to have with you, visit bringitwisconsin.com.

Know What is On Your Ballot!
Once again, myvote.wi.gov is ready for you. Click here to search and preview your ballot.

Learn About the Candidates!
The best way to be prepared for any Election is to educate yourself about what each Candidate stands for. Concise and combined candidate information often does not come out until closer to the Election.
We will list what we find right here and we will update it as we see more information released.

  • Ballotpedia
    • This website brings together an incredible amount of voting/election information. 
    • On the Ballot, you will also see Libertarian, Green, and Constitution party representatives, though they do not have Candidates for all offices up for election. See below for more information about these parties.
       
  • Kenosha News
  • New York Times
  • Washington Post
  • The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Wisconsin Public Television

 

Wisconsin's Five Recognized Political Parties
All five Parties have candidates on this ballot, though not necessarily for every office up for election.

Candidates
 

Other Valuable Resources:

 

 

 

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