Wednesday, October 15, 2008

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Would you know what to do if a disaster struck your business? ICC Workforce Development & Training is offering a FREE TRAINING CLASS on Disaster/Emergency Response for Business/Industry. The 6 hour class will be here at the Pontotoc County Library, November 4th and 6th, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. each night. If you would like to apply for CEU’s it will be $10.00/person. Applications will be available at the training.

In recent years, our communities have faced an unprecedented series of disasters and emergencies. As a result, emergency response structures have evolved and improved to meet these threats. Based on best practices and stakeholder input, the preparedness plan presents the guidelines and principles that enable all response partners to prepare for and provide a plan of response to disasters and emergencies-from the smallest incident to the largest catastrophe. First meeting will introduce the participant to basic Disaster/Emergency Response. The second meeting covers preparedness tailored to the participants needs.

Participants are asked and/or encouraged to bring a copy of their incident action plan to the training.

Area teens read for the fun of it as the Pontotoc County Library celebrated the eleventh annual Teen Read Week, October 12 – 18, 2008. We joined thousands of other libraries, schools and bookstores across the country who encouraged teens to celebrate this year’s theme, "Books with Bite @ your library®." Teen Read Week(TM) is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association. This year’s theme encouraged teens to read a wide variety of books and graphic novels, from animals to vampires to cooking, just "for the fun of it."

Today’s teens seem to have less and less free time, and there are increasingly more activities for them to take part in during what little leisure time they have. That is why it’s important to encourage teens to set aside some time to read. Literacy is a topic of both local and national concern, and falling test scores and lower graduation rates among teens today are a serious issue.

Studies show a regular reading habit increases reading proficiency. One of the most important ways teens acquire the habit is by watching adults they respect. Being around adults who are avid readers can counteract the latest statistics from The Nation’s Report Card (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard), which indicates that in homes across America the number of different types of reading materials has decreased, and a smaller percentage of seventeen-year-olds saw adults reading in their homes.

Several new young adult books were recently added to our collection for teens.

Parents of teens are encouraged to encourage their teens to read at home. Try these ideas: Visit the local public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books. Set aside time each night for the family to read. Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward. Share your favorite book with your teen. Surf the Internet with your teen to learn about new books or authors.

Join a book discussion group at the school or public library.

The Lane Family donated books and videos to the library.

Dr. and Mrs. John Baldwin donated some books for our reference department.

Mrs. Sherry Shettles donated several boxes of books for the Friends Book Sale.

Mrs. Julie Austin donated a new book to the library.

Remember to come join in on the storytime fun – Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. - October 15 “Diversity” / October 22 Poetry “Is you mama a llama?” / October 29 “Halloween”.

Mrs. Judy McCormick donated 7 new books for our collection.

Don’t forget to come downtown to see all of the scarecrows along Main Street.

Keep reading….

Annette McGregor
Pontotoc County Library, Branch Manager



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