Getting teachers ready for back to school

As teachers prepare for another year of enriching young minds, Tiffin-Seneca Public Library will be hosting an event exclusively for educators. We want to encourage area teachers to stop by our Back to School Bash, an open house-style program 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 13 highlighting some of our best offerings for area educators and their students.

Stop by to speak with Ashley Meece, youth services manager, and learn about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. There also will be information regarding a reading program specifically for elementary students, which encourages literacy development far beyond the Summer Reading Program. Now also would be an excellent time to find out more about classroom visits to the library.

Mandi Gruss, circulation manager, will be ready to sign up teachers for an Educator Card, providing access to materials for an extended eight weeks instead of the usual three weeks. This card also allows teachers to check out 100 items instead of the standard 50 items. All patrons now will benefit from the library’s recently adopted Fine Free policy in which no overdue fines will accumulate on accounts.

If you prefer to have items delivered to your classroom, Beth Gottfried, outreach manager, will have all the information necessary to schedule book exchanges, which will coordinate with lesson plans. Mother Goose Boxes, containing books and media on specific topics, are also a popular option.

Trinity Lescallett, adult services manager, will have plenty of resources available regarding our Community Read and Foundation Speaker events. Each year Tiffin-Seneca Public Library partners with area schools to encourage readers of all ages to come together and read the selected book. There also are opportunities to attend educational programs culminating in an author visit — free to the public.

With technology at the forefront of all that we do, Laura Hohman, computer services assistant, would like to demonstrate two of our most popular apps: Hoopla and Libby. Through Hoopla, educators as well as parents can select the featured Dyslexic Mode, which has a specialized font to allow children with dyslexia to read along on the device. Libby offers a Read Aloud option that provides new and struggling readers the opportunity to have the text read to them as they follow along in the book.

We will be demonstrating our ever-popular Virtual Reality Headsets, an amazing resource you can use at your school. Children love that they are able to visualize the lessons taught in the classroom and are able to “visit” far off lands without leaving their desks.

Refreshments and door prizes will be available as teachers learn what Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has to offer to the surrounding schools and their students.

Mandi Gruss is the circulation manager at Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.