Friday, November 20, 2015

WoW! Outreach at Poverello House

The WoW! team is always looking for ways to promote library services that help the citizens of Fresno.  The Poverello House welcomed us to their outreach, where we shared information on how the library can serve them.  Most asked about computer classes, and how they could learn new skills, especially needed for the workplace.  Some branch locations provide free computer classes, including one on one instruction.  Click here to view current schedule of classes offered in branches.  The library provides free computer & internet use; where you can use essential tools such as email, prepare a resume, and search for a job online.  If you need help with your job search, check out Fresno Library’s Job and Careers Services online, that guides you through the steps.  

Kenny promoting the library's resources!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Girl Scouts Halloween Event

The Girl Scouts of Central California South's invited the WoW! Team to their annual "Trunk or Treat" event celebrating the birthday of founder Juliette Gordon Lowe.  The scouts dressed in their best Halloween costumes, many as their favorite storybook characters, playing games at the activity booths.
The library represented by Mark, Misha, and Joanna.
Bookmarks to color were given out by WoW!
We made library cards on the spot for scouts and their families at our WoW! booth, while promoting the library's K-12 databases.  Popular with students is our homework center, covering subjects from arts to science, with invaluable research tools including encyclopedias, dictionaries, calculators, atlases, newspapers and journal articles. Remember that the library's databases are fact checked by experts, easily cited for reports, and encouraged by teachers to use over basic websites- which may have inaccurate information. (You can access most of our resources from home with your library card!)
The Halloween costume contest!
Give some of our K-12 sites a try, expanding your children's knowledge- and watch for those A+ grades!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

WoW! promotes Early Literacy at EPU's Children's Center

EPU, Exceptional Children’s Center, welcomed Shannon and Kenny of the WoW! Team to promote free childhood literacy tools the library provides for parents during EPU’s Halloween Toddlerfest. 
Shannon and Kenny in action!
We made “Baby’s First Library Cards,” for kids aged 0-3, which gives children a head start on reading and developmental learning skills.   The library also offers Early Learning Centers at select branches which provide toys, games, and resources that build both literacy and the parent-child bonding experience. 

We showcased the library’s new children’s tablets, the LeapPad Ultra, and the iPad Air which are available for a 2 hour in house checkout, where kids can learn and play with new technology!  Parents were delighted to see how excited and captivated their kids were while using the tablets.  “My daughter was so well behaved; where can we use this?” said one parent.   Most branches have AWE Literacy Station touchscreen computers as well.

 iPad Air
Children's Tablet Checkout Locations (2 hour in-library use)

LeapPad Ultra- Cedar-Clinton, Fig Garden, West Fresno
iPad Air- Sunnyside, Mendota, Orange Cove

Parents were also excited about one of our most popular services “Dial-A-Story,” where you can call 559-600-TALE (8253), and listen to a children’s book read aloud.  A great way to keep your toddlers occupied and engaged!

And don’t forget to check the schedule of the Storytime events held at various branches!