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Your Child, Homework & the Library

Library Services and Activities to Help Busy Parents and Students:

·Library Cards for All Ages
Be sure everyone in the family has a library card and uses it. Apply for a card online.
·Convenient Hours and Locations
With a Main Library downtown and branches throughout Hamilton County, you are always near a library. Information about library hours and locations is available online.
·Individualized Help
The Library’s professional staff can help you and your child find what you need, whether it’s for school or pleasure.
·Library Catalog
Use our catalog to find books, magazines, movies, music (and more!) in the Library’s collection.
·Programs for Children
The Library offers a variety of programs during the year to enhance your child’s interest in reading and learning.
·Tours and Group Visits to the Library
Encourage your child’s teacher or scout leader to bring the children to the Library for a tour, and to return for visits on a regular basis.
·Librarians’ Visits to the Classroom
Librarians visit many schools in Hamilton County to share stories, distribute library card applications, and encourage reading.
·Summer Reading Club
Sign your children up for ReadQuest, the Library’s Summer Reading program. Don’t let reading stop when the school year is over.

How to Make Reading a Family Activity:

·Set aside some quiet time each day for all members of the family to read on their own.
·Continue to read aloud to your child, even after the child is able to read independently.
·Demonstrate to your child that you enjoy reading.
·Make regular visits to the Library with your family.
·Allow your children to choose books that appeal to them.
·Encourage members of the family to talk about the books they are reading.
·Demonstrate how reading is an integral part of daily life by asking your child to help you read grocery labels, road signs, and shopping ads.
·Make a special place for books in your home.
·Give books as gifts.
·Place limits on television and computer usage.

Recommended Materials:

· Talking and books: Language is the Key
· Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent’s Guide to Promoting Reading, Writing, and Other Literacy Skills from Birth to 5
by V. Susan Bennett-Armistead
· The Big Book of Children's Reading Lists: 100 Great, Ready-to-Use Book Lists for Educators, Librarians, Parents, and Children
by Nancy J. Keane
·Book Crush: For Kids and Teens: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest
by Nancy Pearl

Subject Headings:

For more information, search under these search terms in a subject search of the Library’s Catalog:

·Children’s literature
·Children--Books and reading
·Reading (Elementary)
·Reading--Parent participation

Helping Your Child with Homework

·Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. Stay in contact with the teacher throughout the school year.
·Talk to your child every day about school work, and ask about upcoming assignments.
·Set aside a work space and a consistent time every day for homework.
·Encourage your child to ask questions: at home, in school, and at the library.
·Be enthusiastic about homework assignments. If you criticize the teacher or the assignment, your child will respect neither.
·When visiting the library for a homework project, make sure your child takes along a written assignment sheet.
·Don’t wait until the last minute to visit the library when the needed materials may not be available.
·Resist the temptation to do your child’s homework.

Recommended Reading:

· Parent Guide to Hassle-Free Homework
· How to Help Your Child with Homework: The Complete Guide to Encouraging Good Study Habits and Ending the Homework Wars
by Jeanne Shay Schumm
· A Parent’s Guide to School Projects
by Kathie Weir

Subject Headings

For more information, search under these search terms in a subject search of the Library’s Catalog:

·Education--Parent participation
·Study methods
·Study skills
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