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Johnstown Area Students and Teachers Invited to Take Part in Bookmark Design Contest

February 13th, 2017
2017 MOYC, Cambria County, News

The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is an annual event that connects top-selling, critically-acclaimed children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers with area kids. To kick off the festival, The Learning Lamp is calling on local students to use their imaginations and create a bookmark that tells a story focused around our theme of “READ, ROCK & ROLL.” Their hand-drawn creations will be featured at the 9th annual Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, which takes place April 1-2, 2017.

“The bookmark contest has been a staple of the Children’s Book Festival since we started in 2008,” said Ingrid Kloss, Development Director at The Learning Lamp. “Last year, we received over 600 entries from local students and this year we hope to receive even more! Plus, the kids love the friendly competition and always turn in great work.”

The bookmark design contest is divided into four age brackets:

  • preschool and kindergarten
  • 1st and 2nd grade
  • 3rd and 4th grade, and
  • 5th and 6th grade.

Book festival attendees each get one vote per age bracket. Each division winner receives a prize package that includes a personal library of books.

Teachers can enter to win a classroom set of books by submitting their students’ bookmarks together. Rules and entry forms have been delivered to area schools. Any child from preschool to sixth grade can take part, even if their school is not participating in the contest. Only one bookmark entry per child. Visit thelearninglamp.org for a printable entry form. Completed bookmarks can be sent to The Learning Lamp at 2025 Bedford St., Johnstown PA, 15904. The deadline to submit is March 18, 2017 by 5 p.m.

The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown is sponsored by The Learning Lamp and is held at BOTTLE WORKS. Its goal is to provide quality, interactive literary experiences that inspire children to read and encourage families to read together. Featured artists in 2017 include: Victoria Jamieson (author/illustrator of the Newbery Honor Award and New York Times bestseller Roller Girl), Micha Archer (author of the 2017 PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem), Stacy Innerst (illustrator of The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)) and more! Attendees can also take part in writing and illustrating workshops for kids, live entertainment, arts and crafts and a giant children’s new and used book sale. Every child who comes to the Children’s Book Festival walks away with a free book from First Book.

For more information on the Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, call 814-262-0732 extension 242 or visit thelearninglamp.org or like and follow our Facebook page at facebook.com/CBFJohnstown/.

Win a 2017 PA One Book!

Daniel Finds a Poem coverThe 2017 PA One Book; Every Young Child has finally arrived!  This year’s selection, Daniel Finds a Poem, written and illustrated by Micha Archer, is a story about a boy who goes on an adventure through a park trying to find answers to his question, “What is poetry?”

Do you want a chance to win a FREE copy of this year’s PA One Book? To help promote reading early and often to children in homes and early learning programs throughout Pennsylvania, one winner will be selected at random EVERY DAY from March 19 to April 30, 2017 .

 Click here for a chance to win a free copy of Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer.

The first winner will be selected on March 19, 2017 and the last on April 30, 2017. One entry per person. Duplicate entries will be deleted. One winner each day will be selected at random. This drawing is open to residents of the United States only, however you do not need to be a Pennsylvania resident to win.

Are you a winner? Check below!

March 19: Barb B. of Dillsburg, PA
March 20: Michelle C. of Dallas, PA
March 21: Karen L. of Bristol, PA
March 22: Evie C. of West Chester, PA
March 23: Jada A. of Bethlehem, PA
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PA One Book Classic Countdown

December 13th, 2016
2017 PA One Book, All Counties, Events, News

Help count down to the 2017 PA One Book!

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We’re exploring the past PA One Book selections! Follow PA One Book on Facebook and PA One Book on Instagram to get fun activities to do with your child and the PA One Book classic, watch the video of the author reading the book, and share your experiences with the book. Check back each day for something new and exciting!

You can also find information here about the activities, videos and sharing opportunities. Visit the PA One Book on social media, or bookmark this page.

January

Week of January 2: Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by Lindsay Barrett George.

Monday – Who remembers the 2006 #PAOneBook Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by Lindsay Barrett George? This was the first PA One Book ever selected and you are still able to find this in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Reserve your copy today!

Wednesday– Want fun activities using Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook

Thursday– Listen to Lindsay Barrett George read Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse when it was the #PAOneBook in 2006? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book.

 

Week of January 9: A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom

Monday – Who remembers our 2007 #PAOneBook A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom? This book was the second PA One Bool selection and is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown

Wednesday– Want fun activities using A Splendid Friend, Indeed with your children Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

Thursday– Watch Suzanne Bloom read her book A Splendid Friend, Indeed! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about A Splendid Friend, Indeed when it was the #PAOneBook in 2007? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

Week of January 16: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

Monday – Who remembers our 2008 #PAOneBook Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres and illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott? This was book #3 chosen as a PA One Book and it is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown

Wednesday– Want fun activities using Up, Down, and Around with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

Thursday– Check out Katherine Ayres read her book Up, Down, and Around! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Up, Down, and Around when it was the PA One Book in 2008?  Leave a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

January 23 – 27 If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor (2009)

  • Monday – Who remembers the 2009 #PAOneBook If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor? This book was #4 as a PA One Book and is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using If You Were a Penguin with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– See Wendell and Florence Minor share If You Were a Penguin with a group of children! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about If You Were a Penguin when it was the #PAOneBook in 2009? Comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

January 30 – February 3 What a Treasure! By Jane and Will Hillenbrand (2010)

  • Monday – In 2015, we welcomed Jane and Will Hillenbrand with What a Treasure as the 5th #PAOneBook! Did you know this book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania? Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using What a Treasure! with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Watch Will Hillenbrand read What a Treasure! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about What a Treasure! when it was the #PAOneBook in 2010?  Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

February

February 6 – 11 Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne (2011)

  • Monday – Here’s #6 selection! Who remembers our 2011 #PAOneBook Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne? This book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Watch Stephen Swinburne read Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job when it was the #PAOneBook in 2011? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

February 13 – 17   Stop Snoring Bernard! by Zachariah Ohora (2012)

  • Monday – SEVEN! It is the 7th #PAOneBook selection in 2012 Stop Snoring Bernard! by Zachariah Ohora. This book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using Stop Snoring Bernard!? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Watch Zachariah Ohora read his book Stop Snoring Bernard! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Stop Snoring Bernard! when it was the #PAOneBook in 2012? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

February 20 – 24 The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom (2013)

  • Monday – The Big 8 #PAOneBook selection in 2013 was The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom. This book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using A Bus for Us with your children. Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Watch Suzanne Bloom read The Bus for Us! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about The Bus for Us when it was the #PAOneBook in 2013? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

February 27 – March 3 Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale (2014)

  • Monday – Nine, nine, nine… Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale was the 9th #PAOneBook selection in 2014 This book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using Stripes of All Types with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Check out Susan Stockdale read Stripes of All Types! #PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Stripes of All Types when it was the #PAOneBook in 2014? Share a comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

March 6 – 10 Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli (2015)

  • Monday – Ten, count ‘em TEN #PAOneBooks in 2015 with Greg Pizzoli’s Number One Sam. This book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using Number One Sam with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Greg Pizzoli reads his 2015 #PAOneBook Number One Sam! #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Number One Sam when it was the #PAOneBook in 2015? Share a comment and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

 

March 13 – 17 Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand (2016)

  • Monday – In 2016, we welcomed back Will Hillenbrand with his book Kite Day as the 11th #PAOneBook. This book is still available in many libraries across Pennsylvania. Go reserve your copy today! #ClassicCountdown
  • Wednesday– Want fun activities using Kite Day with your children? Get the activity guide and find ideas on how to use this book with children! Check your local library to see if the traveling trunk filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulative for young children is available to reserve.#PAOneBook #ClassicCountdown
  • Thursday– Will Hillenbrand reads last year’s #PAOneBook Kite Day! #ClassicCountdown

  • Friday– Flashback Friday! What do YOU remember about Kite Day when it was the #PAOneBook last year? Please comment below and let us know your favorite memory of this book or share a pic of your favorite reader with a copy of this book. #ClassicCountdown

Preschool children learn about community helpers from Senator Bartolotta

November 8th, 2016
News, Stories, Washington County

Pennsylvania State Senator, Camera Bartolotta recently had a very important role with the PA Pre-K Counts students at Rainbow’s End Learning Center in Washington, PA. The students, who were learning about the letter H, explored Senator Bartolotta’s experience as a community helper on October 26, 2016. (more…)

October Book A Day Giveaway

Children who have access to books in their home spend more time with books, and those books can help them develop their language and communication skills. They are also more likely to do better in school, plus they can develop a stronger bond with their parent or caregiver.  (more…)

NWRK Reaches Families at Erie Seawolves Game

August 24th, 2016
News

The Northwest Regional Key recently promoted Keystone STARS at the Erie Seawolves game. Keystone STARS/Erie Seawolves t-shirts were provided to the 1st 500 kids that came to the NWRK table. In addition,  15 adult size Keystone STARS/Seawolves shirts were the t-shirt toss to the crowd and nine prize packs were given to those who won.

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PA Pre-K Counts Openings in Erie

August 22nd, 2016
Erie County, News, What's Happening

Apply today!Pre-K Counts Openings 2016 Click here to print the flyer.

 

New PA Car Seat Law Takes Effect August 12, 2016

July 26th, 2016
News, PA Counties, What's Happening

A new Pennsylvania Law which requires a child younger than two years of age to be secured in a rear-facing car seat takes effect August 12, 2016. A rear-facing car seat is to be used until the child outgrows the maximum weight and height limits designated by the car seat manufacturer. (more…)

PSFC Planning for Next 50 Years with Purchase of former Coolbaugh Elementary Center

July 21st, 2016
Monroe County, News, What's Happening

Coolbaugh Township— Pocono Services for Families and Children will be adding new educational programs, staff and community services, with the purchase of the former Coolbaugh Elementary Center in Tobyhanna. (more…)

The PA One Book in August

July 18th, 2016
News, PA Counties, What's Happening

Starting school or an early learning program is an exciting time for children and families.

During August, we celebrated the start of an awesome school year with the August 2016 Book A Day Giveaway! One person was selected by random each day to receive a copy of a PA One Book selection.  (more…)

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