Author Archives: Cynthia Ford

“Now I’m a reader, too!”

Francesca de Freitas from VPL’s Children’s Library recently shared this delightful story of “adorable SRC excitement”:

Some kids in our co-op put their reading records on their front doors so they show-off and can see what other kids have been reading, and so the Summer Reading Club is a not an infrequent topic of hallway conversation between the school-aged kids.

This morning my 5 year-old neighbour Ruby (starting K in Sept) came knocking very softly and, unusually shyly, at my door. She wanted to tell me she had joined the ‘library summer reading plan’ and that last night she’d read an entire book all by her self for the very first time. I asked her what the book was she told me it was ‘Time for Bed, Fred,’ and that her mom only had to help her with a couple of words that were hard. ‘Now I’m a reader too!’ she said.

We were so charmed at work that I’m bringing her a SRC poster and few buttons to celebrate this momentous becoming a reader milestone!

Do you have a SRC story to share? The winner will attend the 2020 BCLA Conference as our guest! For more details please visit http://kidssrc.libraries.coop/community-story-award/

Please send your story in an email to bcsrc@bclibrary.ca, subject line: BC SRC Community Story Award.

 

New Resource Page: BC SRC Serving First Nations Children and Communities

We are delighted to share with you a brand new Resource Page on the BC SRC staff site: BC SRC Serving First Nations Children and Communities.
 
This resource page grew out of a 2019 BCLA Conference session: BC SRC Serving First Nations Children and Communities. During the session, a panel of four representatives from three libraries gathered to discuss the successes, challenges, and evolution of serving First Nations children and communities through BC SRC. The topics touched on included: relevancy, factors in participation, partnerships, funding, adaptations, creating positions and policy to increase relevancy and engagement, training. Each of these topics could, of course, have filled an entire session. The panel included:
 
 
The panel members have generously agreed to share some of the resources they have developed within their communities. In addition, we have included the slide show from the session, as well as a video recording of the session, for those of you who were unable to join us. You may find all of these items here. We hope you will help us continue to build this page of resources. 
Many thanks go to our amazing panel members and their communities and to filmmaker TJ Galmut. A special thanks to Libraries Branch, Minstry of Education, for their continued and generous support in increasing accessibility to the BC SRC.
 

Win!! Prizes!! Enter the 2019 BC SRC Quiz!

Once again we were lucky enough to have Randi Robin, BC SRC’s esteemed quiztress, put together another fabulous quiz for the BCLA Conference.

Didn’t make it to Conference? Well, we sure missed you, and now’s your chance to take the quiz and win some prizes! Enter as an individual, enter as a team! The first three winners will receive their choice of a bundle of tattoos OR a poster signed by Jami Gigot while quantities last) to give out as prizes! 

To enter, simply include the number of the question and the letter of the answer you think is correct, ie. 9:z (there is no question 9 or answer z — this is just an example!) DO NOT post your answers to the blog! 😉 Please send your entry directly to bcsrc@bclibrary.ca with the subject line “SRC Quiz + Your Library Name”. 

Good luck!

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Additional accessible titles available for SRC readers!

NNELS has just added a bunch more accessible SRC 2019 titles (mainly narrated audiobooks). You can see the complete list here. Our booklists have been updated with the NNELS icon.
Exciting to see so many titles available!
CELA and NNELS provide access to books for people with perceptual or print disabilities.See the CELA summer reading list here:  (FYI, some of the braille titles may be temporarily unavailable). See the NNELS list here
We so appreciate these accessible SRC titles!

Happy Summer Reading!

Learning Disabilities Society Summer Program

Some of you in the Lower Mainland may be interested in letting your SRC readers and their families know about summer programs at The Learning Disabilities Society!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTRUCTORS:

LDS works with a roster of over 30 qualified instructors, who are all SRSD (Self Regulation Strategy Development) trained and certified, a model based on 50 years of research in cognitive science and educational psychology. Many instructors are certified BC teachers, some with specializations in Orton Gillingham. For more information on SRSD, please click here: https://srsdonline.org/about-SRSD/

PROGRAMS:

  • Summer Program: July 2 to August 15
  • Fall Program: September 9 to June 20

LDS works one-on-one with each child and their family to develop a plan for diagnosis and remediation. Children complete our programs with a keen understanding of their learning strengths and challenges and the tools and strategies to help themselves through high school and beyond.

  • 1:1 Individualized Instruction, which assists students in achieving expected competencies in core academic skills such as literacy and numeracy.
  • SRSD Model, which includes a structured set of student strategies that develops student ownership and confidence and allows them to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Progress Monitoring, which is used to assess students’ academic performance, to quantify a student’s rate of improvement or responsiveness to instruction, and to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction.

To register for our summer or fall program, please visit: http://ldsociety.ca/program/

 

Diversability (Disability) Booklists

One of our BC SRC Content Creators, Linda Youmans from Okanagan Regional Library, generously agreed to share some amazing booklists for kids with diversabilities. Linda created these booklists as part of the Diversability* Project.

Here’s more from Linda:

This is a project that I was asked to work on after I became the Community Liaison for the Learning Disability Association of B.C. and a Council member on the Community Living B.C. Council.  You see, my son has autism and my daughter has training as  CEA.  I created the Service Provider list based on what categories that I would use as a parent.  I got help from all our communities, the KCR and other sources.  The booklists were done because I always get book suggestions from parents and thought I would add lots of new books to the collection.  They have been sent across the province to all 60 service providers, 8 school districts, are on the CLBC , LDABC and now on the Division of Family Practice doctor’s and patients’ website – FETCH and PATHWAYS.  In addition, Interior Health has received funding to make their own booklets and are distributing them to all of their clinics. Other organizations using them include WorkBC  and MCYSN (Ministry for Children and Youth with Special Needs). I am happy to say they are also available on our website either through www.orl.bc under Kids and Teens, then Parents and Educators, or in the box with “Featured Services”. In addition, we are giving out ½ page handouts to branches with the links on them.

As a parent of a child with autism, it has been so hard, so I know their struggles.  My son and I are now doing presentations at Okanagan College on his autism and my booklists, and I am in charge of self-advocate presentations for CLBC and will be planning those as well. This project took 2 years to do but it is well worthwhile. So, so, so many people have been helped — it just warms my heart!!!

Here is the Teen List: https://indd.adobe.com/view/6ca7d89d-a587-443c-895a-c46a7eee49c8

Here is the Children’s List: https://indd.adobe.com/view/992c84f3-8de5-478b-81aa-5ec6aa5efddf

Here is the Service Provider list: https://indd.adobe.com/view/c6890573-d3ac-41c5-9a7c-9878472371c1

These lists will also be available on the BC SRC Booklists page: https://kidssrc.libraries.coop/themes/book-lists/  and under About Us > Inclusion and Accessibility > Diversability Project Booklists: https://kidssrc.libraries.coop/themes/book-lists/diversability-project-booklists/

 

*Diversabilities Definition

“The word “disabilities” is associated with the past and people’s negative experiences with institutions. I am looking to change the word to “diversabilities” because these institutions are now closed and I want to focus instead on the abilities of people now and in the future. People with diversabilities do not want to be a burden to society, but instead want to be contributors and participants in society.” Shelley DeCoste, self-advocate and CLBC Employee who successfully had the word “disabilities” changed to “diversabilities” in British Columbia.