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September 2013


The Summer Reading Programs for children and teens is a success at FPL! Parents and educators can download summer reading stats for San Juan County on the Youth Services website.

Youth that read and logged ACCELERATED READING books can log in to the summer reading folder and print a list of the books you read to share with your teacher at your school.

2013 Summer Reading Statistics for Youth Services

Location Number Registered Books Logged
Farmington Public Library 5,947 35,541
Shiprock Branch Library 1,043 11,121
Farmington Public Library Teens 656


Total 7,646 49,864
FPL Youth Summer Reading Programs 165
FPL Youth Summer Reading Program Attendance 15,952
FPL YS books checked out for summer reading (June & July) 40,852
FPL Youth Library Cards issued (June & July) 664


STORY TIME & Activity @ 2PM
"La Gallinita Roja"

First Grade students show Youth Services a library card and receive a canvas book bag!

Register to win an autographed book by Rudolfo Anaya through October 15 in Youth Services!

Pick up a free Spanish/English Fingerplay book during Hispanic Cultural Month (September 15 to October 15) in Youth Services or download a copy.

September 23 to December 6, 2013
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday @ 10:30am
(Library Events Calendar for details and updates to the schedule)


September 23-28 "Fall Into Reading" ECRR: Writing
  ABC Under Construction Denise Fleming
  Dog Loves Books Louise Yates
September 30 – October 4 "Good Night Sleep Tight" ECRR: Playing
  Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? Brianna Caplan Sayres
  Stop Snoring, Bernard! Zachariah Ohora
  Big Red Tub Julia Jarman

Here are some ways to help your young child learn about letters: Young children usually learn the letters in their name first. They are their favorite letters!

  • Write your child's name where he or she can see it often, and have your child write his or her name in their own way.
  • Sing the alphabet song together and play with rhymes.
  • Let your child play with magnet letters and blocks that have letters on them.
  • Read alphabet books together.
  • Point out and name letters when reading books, signs or labels.
  • Write words (like dinosaur, truck, or mom) using crayons or magnetic letters.

Children appear to learn letters in an order: letter names, then letter shapes, and finally letter sounds.


Computers 4 Kids"PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science Databases
Thursday, September 19 @ 4pm
Library Laboratory (grades 2 to 6)

Use an iPad; Kindle Fire; Color Nook; Samsung Galaxy
or bring your school laptop!


Arts in Afterschool

"Torani Celebration"
Thursday, September 26 @ 4pm
Multipurpose Room

Congratulations to Lizzy Begay, National "Torani Syrup Label Art" contest winner!

Enjoy a pizza party and Torani soda. Lizzy's artwork was selected from hundreds of entries submitted by afterschool students around the country. Torani, the number one specialty syrup in North America, will donate five percent of the product's sales from September through December to the Afterschool Alliance. The Northwest New Mexico Arts Council will provide Lizzy with a cash award. Scheduled at the event is Senator Bill Sharer, Mayor Tommy Roberts, City Manager, Rob Mayes and District Three, City Councilperson, Gayla McCulloch.

Youth Storytellers will entertain with stories for the Four Corners Storytelling Festival.

No School Days @ THE LIBRARY

No registration for organizations, afterschool groups coming to the library during no school days (following the Farmington Municipal School calendar) or check the Library Events Calendar.

10am Story Time Johnny Appleseed followed by activity centers in youth services.
1pm Movie Disney's American Legends: Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, The Brave Engineer
2pm Science-Kids Hands-on experiments with Gravity in the lab!

3rd Saturday of the Month @ 11am

Wanted! A bunch of guys!

(Ages 9-12)

dads, little brothers, uncles, cousins, etc. welcome, too!


Recommend guys favorite books for our collection and to get other boys to read. Sign our national charter!

Research shows that boys are having trouble reading, and that boys are getting worse at reading. No one is quite sure why. Some of the reasons are biological. Some of the reasons are sociological.

Bayless Power Library
The Farmington Public Library at the Bayless Power Library assists the Boys & Girls Club of Farmington with the educational component that aims to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time and are ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.

Amber is the Tech Librarian in the Power Library where kids can check out books and participate in educational activities for Power Hour. Club members learn high-yield activities that compliment the classroom with science, math, technology and reading.

The Power Library is open from 3pm to 6pm on Monday through Thursday. During no school days, the club is open from 10am to 3pm.

Researchers tell us programs like these help combat kids' summer learning loss, keep kids safe, inspire them to learn, and help working families. (505) 566-1202.


The Bayless Power Library has had a very full and exciting summer. This summer we participated in the summer reading program with the theme of Dig into Reading with 1,066 club members registering and reading 1,367 books. Each week we would have a literacy activity that was very involved with the week's theme.

Books are Sprouting up (Garden)
We had the kids make a poetry garden. This was made with cut out flowers and craft sticks that the children wrote poems on. We also planted a real garden that has grown throughout the summer.

Go Deep into Reading (Beach/Ocean)
We have a collection of preserved Sea life specimens that the children enjoyed looking at. We also played a game called Skillastics. The children liked playing the game because it is an active game.

Be a Bookworm (Bugs)
We had a set of cutout bugs that we had the kids match to the name of the bug. This got the kids interested in the different kinds of bugs. We have a book that shows some of the things that Americans consider weird things to eat. This book has a bud section that grossed out the children much to their delight.

Burrow into a Book (Animals)
We played a matching game that matched mothers of animals to their babies. We also have an endangered animal's puzzle that the kids really enjoyed putting together.

National Treasures (Folklore)
We created an apple tree where the apples represent the favorite books or story of each child. We also played a Fairytales and Folklore Bingo game.

Groundbreaking Reads (Construction)
We have a Tanagrams set that the children put together into different shapes. We have a exploration set that shows how machines work that the children really enjoyed.

Rock Your World (Rocks/Music)
We used a poster to show the children the different rocks. We let the kids learn about music.

Hole Lotta Reading (Space)
We have a scaled set of the solar system that we pumped up and had the kids put the planets in order. We have a set of Space flashcards that the kids enjoyed looking at.

Dig into the Past (Dinosaurs/Time Travel)
We have a Dinosaur floor puzzle that the kids put together. We also have some foam Dinosaur counters that we did counting and identifying characteristics with.

We also had a guest come in to the library and do presentations on cyber safety for all of the children. These presentations were well attended and the children enjoyed the presentation that was geared towards helping children learn what is safe to do online.

The kids enjoyed all of the different activities that we were able to provide them with. They also enjoyed reading and using the computers, both of which are regular occurrences at the Power Library. This summer was busy, but the kids enjoyed using the library.

Book Sale
and call for volunteers!

The Farmington Public Library's annual book sale will be held in the Library's Multipurpose Room Saturday, September 7th through Wednesday, September 11th during regular Library hours.

Saturday, September 7 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 8 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Monday, September 9 through Wednesday, September 11 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Volunteers are needed for unpacking boxes on Friday, September 6, starting at 8:30 AM. Volunteers must be able to lift 40 pounds, and will be asked to wear "work clothes" including closed toed shoes. For more information and to sign up to help, please contact the library at 505-599-1270.

Located on Hwy. 491 North across from the Northern Navajo Medical Center, the door is on the east side of the Shiprock Boys & Girls Club building all programs and computers offered by the Shiprock Branch Library are FREE with a valid library card!


Check the Shiprock Library Events Calendar for updates.
Monday - Friday open from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday.


Monday Story Time at 4pm begins September 23

Friday Movie Time at 4pm beginning September 20
Free popcorn and earn snack by checking out books and reading books.

Shiprock Branch will provide ticket for patrons that check out a book and/or read prior to the movie to purchase snacks for the movie.

Every Child Ready to Read @ your library

Pick up a free Navajo/English Fingerplay book beginning September 3 at the Shiprock Branch Library or download a copy.