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Back to School with MidPointe

Dear Parents,

Let MidPointe Library help you help your young children make a smooth transition into the 2018-2019 school year!

Here are a couple of back-to-school tips from Ally Doliboa, former schoolteacher and current Youth Services Team Leader at MidPointe’s Middletown location :

1. “Routines are key! Start getting back on a bedtime/wake up schedule that the kids will have when school starts back up again. It will make mornings easier when school does start again.”

Indeed, transitioning from summer to school can be a challenge for many students, especially incoming kindergarteners. At MidPointe, we’re up to the challenge of making sure there’s an abundance of age-appropriate educational material ready for your young scholar!

With kid-sized furnishings, computer stations and displays in a colorful and age-appropriate environment, all MidPointe libraries strive to be inviting places children will want to visit again and again.

At MidPointe Library Middletown, for example, future kindergarteners are welcome to visit the “Kindergarten Readiness Center” to get ready for their first day at the Big Kids School.

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This colorful, appealing inviting corner is stocked with games, puzzles and other learning activities “that kids can do on their own,” preferably with their adult, while visiting the library, says Ms. Doliboa.

While items in the Kindergarten Readiness Center are not available for check-out, a wealth of material is available for borrowing, including:

  • Phonics boxed sets in the Easy Reader Collection that help young students sound out letters and words.

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  • Playaway Launchpads for ages 5 to 7 that make learning easy and just plain fun. Titles range from “It’s Sweet to Spell” and “Welcome to Letter Land!” to “Make! Bake! Create!” and “Kingdom of Numbers.”



2. “Even though our Summer Reading Program is over, it doesn’t mean the reading should stop! Having kids read daily is still highly important.”

All MidPointe Library locations (West Chester, Trenton and Monroe in addition to Middletown) offer a mega-load of books available for check-out. Just about every fiction and non-fiction subject imaginable-- at the proper grade level-- can be found on MidPointe shelves.

In this computer age, MidPointe librarians know online education is also important. That’s why MidPointe offers the popular digital education program (in-library use only) and other student databases available via > eLibrary > Research Databases > Homework Help.

Whether in-house or online, MidPointe Library stands ready to help launch your young scholar into a successful academic year!

Here’s a fun, free way for kids and all ages to welcome the upcoming school year:

All children are invited to display their reading skills at the “Read to a Therapy Dog” program Monday, August 27, at 5 p.m. at the MidPointe-Middletown location, 125 South Broad Street. Register in person or by calling 513-424-1251.

Best of Luck in the Coming School Year!


Your Friends at MidPointe Library

At MidPointe Middletown, kids can hone their reading skills by reading to a Therapy Dog! The four-legged guest will be there Monday, August 27, at 5 p.m. to listen to whatever a child wishes to read. Please call 513-424-1251 or stop by the MidPointe Middletown Children’s Department to register.  There is no cost to participate in this program.

For a calendar of events for all ages at MidPointe’s Middletown, West Chester, Trenton and Monroe branches click on > Events.