Showing posts with label reading. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reading. Show all posts

Monday, February 21, 2022

"we can celebrate both our differences and our similarities"

The analogy of "windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors" struck me when I heard it at the School Committee meeting Feb 8 and then again at the Town Council meeting Feb 16. I was delighted to find my eyes caught a reference to this in my Twitter stream. 

Via Debbie Reese (https://twitter.com/debreese), we find that Reading is Fundamental (https://www.rif.org/) shared a re-print of the original article by Rudine Sims Bishop published in 1990.  

"Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books."

You can read the full article here -> https://scenicregional.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Mirrors-Windows-and-Sliding-Glass-Doors.pdf

The Twitter thread ->  https://twitter.com/debreese/status/1495060049634467840

School Committee DEI presentation ->   https://www.franklinps.net/sites/g/files/vyhlif4431/f/uploads/dei_presentation_february_8_2022_5.pdf

Audio recording of the DEI segment -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-727-school-committee-meeting-02-08-22-p2-of-3 


slide from the update on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts around the district
slide from the update on diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts around the district

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Ruta Sepetys visits HMMS virtually

"Books, balloons, and @RutaSepetys. These @HMMSLightning kids and this extraordinary author filled the auditorium with *wonderful*. 
There aren't enough words for this day. It means so, so much. #IMustBetrayYou #letthemread @PenguinClass @unlikelybkstore "
https://t.co/x96dQz1iHy  (follow link for additional photos)
Ruta Sepetys visits HMMS virtually
Ruta Sepetys visits HMMS virtually 


Shared from Twitter:   https://twitter.com/allinreading/status/1488935181692153859

Wicked Local: "On World Read Aloud Day, locals share their favorite stories"

Franklin area folks like Library Director Felicia Oti, State Rep Jeff Roy, Superintendent Sara Ahern, Cultural Council member Pushpa Jangareddi, Town Councilor Cobi Frongillo, and yours truly provided some stories that were their favorite read-aloud for this article put together by Heather McCarron:

"Often they begin with "Once Upon a Time," but there are other beginnings, too, like "Once there was a tree," and "All children, except one, grow up." 
No two are exactly alike, but they all have something in common: A way of creating memories of childhood and family traditions. 
Most people have special memories of being read aloud to -- moments spent in havens of love and comfort, immersed in  myriad stories where bears can talk, boys can fly, and frogs can turn into princes with a kiss. 
Today it's World Read Aloud Day, a world-wide effort started by the non-profit LitWorld 13 years ago as part of its mission "to strengthen kids and communities through the power of stories." Sponsored by Scholastic, World Read Aloud Day calls attention to "the importance of sharing stories by challenging participants to grab a book, find an audience, and read aloud," according to scholastic.com."

among the favorites: book one
among the favorites: book one

among the favorites: book two
among the favorites: book two


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Attention Elementary Students: Enjoy a Summer of Reading and Earn up to $25!



At Rockland Trust, we believe in strengthening the communities in which we work and live – in fact, this is one of our corporate promises. We know that reading plays a major role in the education of children. Reading Makes Cent$ is a bank-wide summer program that encourages children to read during the summer and also learn the value of saving their money.

Program Details:
  • For students throughout Massachusetts entering grades 1 through 8 in the Fall of 2021. Students can earn $2.50 in a Rockland Trust savings account for each book they read (up to 10 books) and track in the Rockland Trust Summer Reading Journal.
  • Program runs from June 1, 2021 – August 31, 2021. Accounts can be opened or credited until September 13, 2021.
  • If you do not already have a Rockland Trust Savings Makes Cent$ account, you will need to open an account and can do so by visiting your local Rockland Trust branch!
  • For official eligibility and rules, click here.
Stop by your local branch or click below to download a copy of the Reading Makes Cent$ Summer Reading Journal!
DOWNLOAD YOUR JOURNAL HERE

*Account opening and credit date is subject to change due to COVID-19. Please check our website for updates regarding branch accessibly for account opening and crediting at RocklandTrust.com/read.










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Monday, May 31, 2021

Franklin Library: Summer Reading Registration Begins June 1

Summer Reading Sign-ups go Live on the Franklin Public Library Website beginning Tuesday, June 1st! Visit our Summer Reading Portal and sign up each of your children using our convenient Google form!

The Portal will also contain:

  •  Our complete summer schedule
  •  Links to the school summer reading lists
  •  FAQs
  •  A google form to help us track your reading!
  •  Downloadable activities!
  •  And more!

Summer Reading Bags will be available for curbside pickup at 10AM beginning on June 1st! Call the Children’s Room when you arrive at the library, and we will help make sure you’re signed up/check you off our list, and bring your summer reading bags out to you! Inside the summer reading bags you’ll find everything you need to have an awesome summer with the library, including:

  • Reading logs and stickers (and instructions) to track your reading progress!
  • A jam packed event calendar to hang on the fridge!
  • Special activity packets that correspond with each themed week of the summer!
  • Fun surprises!

The Summer Reading Theme this year is: Tails and Tales, with a fun focus on Animals and Habitats, and we’ve got a great calendar of events that correspond with weekly themes, from Woodland story-walk romps and Savannah STEAM challenges, to Desert Animals and Under the sea ‘Seek-N-Finds’! We can’t wait to make this an epic summer! 

Summer Reading Portal -> https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/pages/summer-reading-2021-0

Shared from the Library page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/events/317406

 

Franklin LIbrary: Summer Reading Registration Begins June 1
Franklin Library: Summer Reading Registration Begins June 1


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston: HOME Poetry reading March 5-6

Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston (@ArtsinBoston) tweeted on Wed, Feb 17, 2021:
"The next HOME poetry reading and workshop will be on March 5-6. The theme is "I Belong There", and the facilitator is Monica Sok. In this workshop, we will read poetry of exile and ask ourselves what it means to create (be)longing inside of our poems."


City of Boston poet laureate  https://www.boston.gov/departments/arts-and-culture/city-boston-poet-laureate
 
 
Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston: HOME Poetry reading March 5-6
Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston: HOME Poetry reading March 5-6

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Looking for something to read? How about the School Committee policy manual?

Looking for reading material during school vacation? Have you checked out the policy manual for the School Committee?

 

"THE PEOPLE AND THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Franklin School Committee has the dual responsibility for implementing statutory requirements pertaining to public education and local citizens' expectations for the education of the community's youth. It also has an obligation to determine and assess citizens' desires. When citizens elect delegates to represent them in the conduct of public education, their representatives have the authority to exercise their best judgment in determining policies, making decisions, and approving procedures for carrying out the responsibility.  

The Franklin School Committee therefore affirms and declares its intent to:

  • Maintain two-way communications with citizens of the community. The public will be kept informed of the progress and problems of the school system, and citizens will be urged to bring their aspirations and feelings about their public schools to the attention of this body, which they have chosen to represent them in the management of public education. 
  • Establish policies and make decisions on the basis of declared educational philosophy and goals. All decisions made by this Committee will be made with priority given to the purposes set forth, most crucial of which is the optimal learning of the student enrolled in our schools. 
  • Act as a truly representative body for members of the community in matters involving  public education.  The Committee recognizes that ultimate responsibility for public education rests with the state, but individual School Committees have been assigned specific authority through state law.  The Committee will not relinquish any of this authority since it believes that decision-making control over the student’s learning should be in the hands of local citizens as much as possible. "

Reviewed; no revisions 4/8/2008;  Reviewed; revised 5/3/2014

Shared from the Franklin Public Schools page: https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee-policy-manual/pages/ab-people-and-their-school-district

Top level of the policy manual  https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee-policy-manual

https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee-policy-manual
https://www.franklinps.net/district/school-committee-policy-manual


Thursday, June 11, 2020

Mrs Pennell talks about story time (5/20/20)

FM #294 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 294 in the series.

This session shares my conversation with Kathleen Pennell, Mrs Pennell. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We talk about Kathy’s background in education, over 30 years teaching at the early elementary levels, and her love of reading to children is still alive.

During these difficult times, she wanted to do something to help the children knowing that some parents are challenged with both working at home as well as supporting the kids with remote learning.

You believe Kathy when she says: “It is something that I truly love”

The recording runs about 18 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Mrs Pennell. Audio file = https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HXK9jjZ7



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If you want to pull up a comfy spot for a reading, follow Mrs Pennell on Facebook for her live readings, Mon-Weds-Fri at noon https://www.facebook.com/kathy.pennell.10/videos?lst=595187372%3A1321843896%3A1590527320

Follow the YouTube channel as well = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM1oSDYrHOI


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!
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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Two too good not to share!



1 - "Happy birthday Will! We love to bring a smile!"
Also found in the Milford Daily News:
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200403/video-franklin-boy-serenaded-by-police-on-his-12th-birthday


Twitter video screengrab
Twitter video screengrab


2 - Kathy Pennell reads "Brown Bear, Brown Bear ..."

View the story video on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/kathy.pennell.10/videos/10222192179696410/ 

Facebook screengrab image
Facebook screengrab image
 

Monday, February 3, 2020

FM #198 - Jeff StGermain On "How I Read" - The Word Experiences Tour (audio)

FM #198

This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 198 in the series, we are now collaborating on with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm).

Jeff St Germain, author and resident of Franklin sat with me recently at the Franklin studio. He talks about his new children’s book “How I Read” and the background research driving him to develop ‘word experiences’ for young children.

Listen to our conversation, approximately 24 minutes


https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HrD7VxrX





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Visit https://howtoreadbooks.com/about-talsd.html to learn why the focus of each event is "word experiences" for the participants.

Follow Jeff on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/howtoreadbook/

“The Early Catastrophe” by Hart-Risley https://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/periodicals/TheEarlyCatastrophe.pdf

Related link to the Hart-Risley study mentioned
http://www.wvearlychildhood.org/resources/C-13_Handout_1.pdf

Link to NPR audio report updating the study with new info
https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/06/01/615188051/lets-stop-talking-about-the-30-million-word-gap

Betty Hart’s wikipedia entry https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Hart
Todd Risley interview on YouTube https://www.readingrockets.org/teaching/experts/todd-risley


For the inquiring minds: the book that had my attention so deeply that I almost missed getting off the train, not once but twice with the same book: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman  http://philip-pullman.com/hdm


Jeff and Klondike at the Franklin Public Library
Jeff and Klondike at the Franklin Public Library

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This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but I can't do it alone. I can always use your help.

How can you help?
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like this, please let me know

Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements.
Thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/
If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana" c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

In the News: Recycling company expands; MA schools top rated again

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A national recycling center that has a presence in Franklin has moved to a larger location to meet increased demand in people recycling their old working refrigerators and freezers.

In June, Arca Recycling Inc moved from its approximately 15,000-square-foot facility at 40 Kenwood Circle to an approximately 22,000-square-foot facility at 20 Liberty Way, according to Regional Transportation Director Stefan Marszalek.

Many residents in the state are taking advantage of Mass Save’s appliance recycling program, which provides monetary incentives for eligible individuals who recycle their functional refrigerator and freezer. Mass Save is funded by the state’s major energy utilities, including Cape Light Compact, Eversource, National Grid and Unitil.

On Monday, the company hosted an open house at the Franklin location to give representatives from those utility companies a first-hand look at what goes on inside the facility, which includes taking apart and recycling the appliances."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190806/new-franklin-quarters-for-refrigerator-recycling-company

Arca Recycling  https://www.arcarecyclinginc.com/
Arca Recycling Inc
Arca Recycling Inc


"The state’s schools were the highest-ranked in both math and reading test scores, as well as the lowest percentage of threatened and injured high school students.

For the second year in a row, Massachusetts schools are tops in the nation.

At least that was the result of a recently released study from the personal finance website WalletHub.

The state’s schools were the highest-ranked in both math and reading test scores, as well as the lowest percentage of threatened and injured high school students. The state ranked in the top five in several other categories."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190806/report-says-massachusetts-schools-are-best-again

Read the report online  https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-best-schools/5335/

the highest-ranked in both math and reading test scores
the highest-ranked in both math and reading test scores

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019

LeVar Burton Continues his Legacy of Literacy



Reading Is Fundamental

Announcing a New Literacy
Resource for RIF

LeVar Burton Continues his Legacy of Literacy
March 2019

Happy National Reading Month! As an important supporter of RIF's work, I want you to know more about a truly transformational addition to RIF's literacy toolbox.

Earlier this month, I was joined by actor, director and literacy advocate LeVar Burton at the South by Southwest Education Conference (SXSW EDU) to announce his gift of literacy to a packed house. The event was attended by thought leaders and influencers in the education industry and was a perfect opportunity to announce the gift of Levar Burton Kids' awarding-winning Skybrary to Reading Is Fundamental.

Skybrary allows RIF to expand its suite of digital offerings for young readers with an interactive library of over 900 high-quality digital books and video explorations designed to engage young readers and foster a lifelong love of learning. 

The child-friendly resource allows kids to explore thematic collections of books and add books they are inspired by to a digital backpack. 
Each book includes audio, along with additional games, videos, and other activities that support the book.

The team at RIF is so thankful for this incredible resource and we are enthusiastically exploring ways we can extend access to Skybrary to those most in need. We look forward to sharing our plans with you.
LeVar is beautifully eloquent about literacy and the link to our conversation follows if you want to learn more.

Thank you for sharing a bit of National Reading Month with RIF and heartfelt thanks for everything you do to support children's literacy. RIF's work would not be possible without you.
Sincerely,
Alicia Levi
Alicia Levi
President and CEO
supporter

Monday, October 29, 2018

Library of Congress: WATCH LIVE on HALLOWEEN - Frankenreads




LIVE Reading of Shelley's "Frankenreads" on Halloween
Library of Congress: WATCH LIVE on HALLOWEEN - Frankenreads

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," and to acknowledge this milestone, the Library of Congress hosts "Frankenreads," a live, day-long reading of the novel in its entirety by Library staff, friends and some very special guests.

The program will be streamed LIVE on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET:  Watch LIVE on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY7dn_7dj9o



Thursday, June 21, 2018

Franklin Library: Summer Reading Kickoff - June 22

Summer reading kicks off with a party on the Town Common, Friday, June 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

Franklin Library: Summer Reading Kickoff - June 22
Franklin Library: Summer Reading Kickoff - June 22
This was shared from the Town of Franklin Library page
http://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/bulletins/summer-reading-kick

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"Finishing and understanding a book was such an accomplishment for him. That one win is the start to rebuilding his confidence"

From the Franklin radar for regular readers, the exploits of the "Crazy Reading Ladies" at Horace Mann may be familiar. This article provides a nice recap of their insights in getting middle school students to read.
"The expectations of middle school are daunting enough without the added challenges for students with learning disabilities. Students who have difficulty with reading skills and comprehension find themselves at a disadvantage that has repercussions academically and socially. 
Fortunately, Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin, Massachusetts, has Erin O’Leary and Mary Cotillo, affectionately known by their students as “The Crazy Reading Ladies.” Erin is a reading specialist who provides intensive reading instruction while Mary is the assistant principal and a former 8th grade English Language Arts teacher who cultivates a schoolwide community of readers and literacy. 
In a recently published Bookshare blog series, Erin and Mary share their wildly successful techniques and philosophy on removing barriers and getting reluctant readers to succeed."
Continue reading the article online   https://benetech.org/teach-reading-skills/

Erin O’Leary and Mary Cotillo, affectionately known by their students as “The Crazy Reading Ladies"
Erin O’Leary and Mary Cotillo, affectionately known by their students as “The Crazy Reading Ladies"



Thursday, January 18, 2018

"a great thing considering the town’s history"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The words of the town’s namesake filled the air. And more than three centuries later, many of them still apply. 
To celebrate the 312th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, the town held an inaugural public readathon of his autobiography at the library on Wednesday. 
The daylong event included guest readers spanning from Franklin State Rep. Jeff Roy to local engineer and inventor John Berg. 
Spectators came and went throughout the day, leaving with the words of the founding father jingling around in their heads."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180117/town-celebrates-ben-franklins-birthday-with-readathon

I had the unexpected pleasure of reading the last segment to close out the day. It was fun and so much of what Ben wrote is still applicable today.

"a great thing considering the town’s history"
The status of Benjamin Franklin outside the Library in the light dusting
of snow that came through Wednesday evening

Monday, January 1, 2018

Ben Franklin’s Autobiography Readathon - Jan 17


"In honor of the 312th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, the namesake of our town and founder of our library, the Franklin Public Library will be holding a “readathon” – a marathon reading of the full text of the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, first published in 1791. The book is considered a classic of American literature. According to the Library of Congress, “It was not only the first autobiography to achieve widespread popularity, but after two hundred years remains one of the most enduringly popular examples of the genre ever written.” 
Like other readathons, this one invites the public to participate! Readers are encouraged to sign up in advance for 15-minute segments. Commencing when the library opens at 9 AM on January 17, readers will share the words of Ben Franklin with anyone interested in dropping by for all or part of the event. It is expected that the reading will be completed by the time the library closes at 8 PM. Water and other refreshments will be available for readers and audience alike."

Event Timing: January 17, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Event Address: Franklin Public Library, 118 Main St, Franklin, MA
Contact us at (508)520-4941 or kshipala@minlib.net

sign up online to read
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScm0UJMnxgiGC5BZpoUH_CWO_vZvd0hOyO5RaaSloeBAYdJZw/viewform


Ben Franklin’s Autobiography Readathon - Jan 17
Ben Franklin’s Autobiography Readathon - Jan 17

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Charles River Meadowlands Initiative: Information and Children's Reading - Feb 2

To kick of 2018, the Charles River Meadowlands Initiative will be holding an information session on Feb. 2, International Wetlands Day AND Groundhog Day. We will be offering literature, information and a slideshow from 3-6 PM at the Franklin Public Library in the ground floor meeting room. Feel free to stop by and encourage anyone who might be interested to come, too. 

In ADDITION, we are co-sponsoring a reading of meteorologist Mish Michael's book, Ms. G. and Her Shadowy Road to Fame -- a children's book loosely based on the state's real life "official" Groundhog! Franklin Town Councilor Melanie Hamblen will be the guest reader at 3:30 in the Children's Room at the Library. For further information about the Ms. G. program, contact Children's Librarian Calleigh Keating (ckeating@minlib.net).

http://www.mastategroundhog.com/ms-g/ms-gs-shadowy-road-to-fame
http://www.mastategroundhog.com/ms-g/ms-gs-shadowy-road-to-fame


For more about the Ms. G. book
http://www.mastategroundhog.com/ms-g/ms-gs-shadowy-road-to-fame

For more about the Charles River Meadowlands Initiative
https://www.charlesrivermeadowlands.org/