Join us this summer as your Mercer Area School District and the Mercer Area Library work together to Help Stop Summer Loss!
Educational experts agree that students experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Research spanning decades shows that most students lose about two months of grade level proficiency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months and score lower on standardize tests at the end of summer. Much of this achievement gap can be explained by a lack of access to summer learning opportunities. This summer the Mercer Area Library is working with the Mercer School District to offer a Summer Online Academy to Help Stop Summer Loss! Sign up for the library’s Summer Online Academy and your children will have access to S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related educational activities for students from K-12th grade! Through its partnership with Khan Academy, the library’s Summer Online Academy will provide your child with an individualized curriculum. Children/students will have access to the Academy from the library’s computers, home computers, or any mobile device! A series of online activities, short tutorial videos, and helpful interactive hints allow a student to review or learn early math (K-6th grade), review a specific subject such as algebra, or learn java script coding. Students can also prepare for the upcoming school year or upcoming tests (e.g., SAT or ACT), all while earning points towards various online badges and more!
It’s Free and It’s Easy To Get Started! Much like our recent series of Coding4Kidz classes held at the library this past spring, when signing up for the Summer Online Academy, the library will make it as easy as possible for you to get started! The library will set you up and create student accounts. Once a student’s account is set up, the parents will receive immediate notification via an email. This email will include a link allowing for a parent account that provides the parent with weekly activity reports, detailed progress, and control over the child’s account (i.e., login, password, option to unsubscribe). Parents can also set up a time to come in to the library and have us help with any questions. Start today! Come by the library and pick up a registration form, email us at MercerAreaLibrary@gmail.com for a form, or download a form right here.
Join in on the Fun!! Sign-up for our Summer Reading Programs!
Mercer Area Library has, once again, planned a wide variety of educational, entertaining and fun programs to help you fill your summer days. Summer is one of the busiest times around the Library and everyone is invited to join our summer reading programs for children, teens and adults. Read for fun all summer and enter our drawings for some amazing prizes. Summer is a great time to read for pleasure or pick up that book you have been meaning to read and the Library’s programs and events are there to help you enjoy the upcoming relaxing days. This year’s children’s program “Fizz, Boom, Read!” the teen program “Spark a Reaction,” and the adult program “Literary Elements,” will run from June 10 until August 12. Signups for all programs begin June 3rd and continue throughout the summer. Details about each individual program can be found under the "Events" tab at the top of this page or click here.
Calling All Toddlers & Preschoolers! Come to our Weekly Play Time!
Beginning Wednesday, June 11th, from 10:00 to 12:00, the library will provide a weekly playtime, where toddlers and preschoolers can listen to music, play with toys, and interact with others in the neighborhood. We will put out toys for the children to play with while the adults also play & chat. Parents or caregivers are free to bring snacks and drinks for the children to enjoy, as well as toys for the children to play with. We will happily accept donations of additional age-appropriate toys to add to our current collection.
“Play is the foundation for all learning for young children, and giving your child the time and a few basic toys can provide her with a variety of valuable learning opportunities. Play is how children begin to understand and process their world. Children's play unlocks their creativity and imagination, and develops reading, thinking, and problem solving skills as well as further develops motor skills. It provides the base foundation for learning.” Taken from: http://www.education.com/magazine/article/play-preschool-matters/
GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE IN THE LIBRARY!
We now have a Keurig coffee maker set up so that you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you are spending time in the library. There is a $.75 charge per cup, to cover the cost of the supplies and enable us to provide this service. Over the next few weeks we will be adding to our beverage selection. We are open to your suggestions and want to hear about your favorite flavors.
***You can now join our Friends group online Just go to the "Friends of the Library" tab on the navigation bar, select "Become a Member," and fill out the online form. To learn more about the Friends group and the many ways they help and support the library, click the "Friends of the Library" tab on the navigation bar.
Get ebooks for free! Those of you with iPods, smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, or other digital devices now have the opportunity to borrow digital content from the library for free! With your library card you have access to ebooks, audiobooks, and music with the click of a button. Check out our digital library using the Overdrive button on the right-hand side of this page. Remember, we are always here to help you to use the library's resources. If you would like one-on-one personal assistance in using our digital materials, feel free to come into the library with your ereader and we will gladly answer your questions.