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Send your question to us! We can help you with factual questions or suggest sources. We will try to respond within two working days.
LARL Reference office hours are:
Monday-Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm
Friday and Saturday: 9 am – 5:30 pm
Use AskMN to ask a librarian a question 24/7.
Note: You usually will not be communicating with a librarian who works at Lake Agassiz Regional Library.
Dig Into Reading
After school is out, keep track of all of your reading on one of these Reading Logs. You can click a link below to print one out at home, or pick one up at the library.
When you are finished, turn it in at your library branch to get a prize!
All logs must be turned in by August 31st to receive prizes.
Summer Reading Program
We are all excited to DIG INTO READING with you and your family. Ask a librarian for more information on what special programs and events will be happening at your branch or check our online event calendar by clicking on the green Events button to the left of the screen.
Tips for Reading with Small Children
A Few Minutes at a Time is OK. And don't worry if you don't finish the story.
Young children can only sit for a few minutes for a story, but as they grow, they will be able to sit longer. You may find that your child has a favorite page or even a favorite picture. She may want to linger there for a while, and then switch books or activities. Babies may just want to mouth the book! That's okay. When you let your child explore books in the ways that interest her, the reading experience will be more meaningful.
Talk or Sing About the Pictures
You do not have to read the words to tell a story. Try "reading" the pictures in a book for your child sometime. When your child is old enough, ask him to read the pictures to you!
Let Children Turn the Pages
Babies cannot yet turn pages on their own, but an 18-month-old will want to give it a try, and a three-year-old can certainly do it alone. Remember, it's OK to skip pages!
Show Children the Cover Page
Explain what the story is about. If you have an older toddler, ask them to guess what the story might be about.
Show Children the Words
Run your finger along the words as you read them, from left to right.
Make the Story Come Alive
Create voices for the story characters and use your body to tell the story.
Make It Personal
Talk about your own family, pets, or community when you are reading about others in a story.
Ask Questions About the Story, and Let Children Ask Questions Too!
Use the story to have a back-and-forth conversation with your child. Talk about familiar activities and objects you see in the illustrations or read about in the story.
Let Children Tell The Story
Children as young as three years old can memorize a story, and many children love to be creative through storytelling.
For even more information check out zerotothree.org!