Come celebrate International Games Day, an event sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). Everyone in the family is invited to join the more than 20,000 gamers around the world by playing board and/or online games at the library.
While the benefits of gaming are often thought of in terms of providing socialization and bonding experiences, did you know that gaming can have positive impacts on literacy?
Games such as Candy Land promote pre-literacy skills, while educational video games can assist in promoting letter/number/color recognition, while more advanced gaming involves reading and interpreting rules and methods of play, in addition to eye-hand coordination. Simulation games such as SimCity involve complex planning, strategic play, and learning how to deal with consequences.
Children of all ages are invited. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information.
Drop in from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15; Bealeton Library and John Marshall Library
4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24; Warrenton Library
Paws @ Bealeton this SaturdayChildren ages 5-10 are invited to read to trained and certified therapy dogs at Bealeton Library.
Teachers and librarians have found that most children enjoy reading to therapy dogs, and for children who are hesitant to read aloud in front of others, reading to dogs presents an opportunity to read aloud in a non-judgmental setting.
The Paws to Read program is free, but a signed permission slip is required and each child must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or other caregiver.
Paws to Read is held at all three Fauquier County Public Libraries. Check the online calendar of events for session dates and times, or pick up a copy of the calendar of events at your local library.
The next Paws to Read is this Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10:30 a.m.-noon; Bealeton Library. Call (540) 422-8500, ext. 3, or drop by the Bealeton Library to pick up a permission slip.