Punxsutawney Library Offering Free Learning Resources Program for Parents May 23

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (EYT) – The Punxsutawney Memorial Library is offering a free program from 11:00 a.m. to Noon, on Thursday, May 23.

The program is aimed at letting people know about a variety of online and other resources available at the library to help students in the educational process.

Library Resources for Homeschool and Summer School Families is a program designed for anyone seeking resources for helping their children continue the educational process over the summer, according to Library Director Jessica Church.

“These are geared for parents and other working with students who are looking to plan curriculum or help students through the summer, keep them on track,” Church said. “While we are calling the one next week for Homeschool and Summer School parents and families, it is really a program that could be for anyone, even someone who wants to keep their kids up-to-date or grandparents who have kids during the summer and want to work with them those kids through the summer. This would be a great program for them, too.”

According to Church, the May workshop will be followed by one in the evening before school starts back in the fall.

“Not everyone knows about some of the resources we have available,” Church told exploreJeffersonpa. “We just want to let people know what we offer.”

Church said the idea for this event was born out of staff training at the Library.

“Our library staff had a couple of training sessions so we can better help our patrons,” Church said. “We did them and said let’s give (the patrons) the training sessions too. It’s not hard. And the best part is (the resources) are free with a library card. We believe people who spend time with (these resources) will see the benefits of them as well.”

According to Church, the resources go well beyond online resources.

“We have skill kits at the library,” Church said. “We have pencil-shaped boxes with flashcards, games, puzzles that cover a variety of literature. They help our patrons with life skills like finances, technology, health, civic and social literature. It’s part of the PA Forward Program which is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association whose goal is to show that libraries have more to offer than reading and basic literacy.”

Church said people will most often use the skill kits in the library but the kits are available to be checked out as well.

More information on the May 23 event can be found on Facebook.

Anyone interested in the event can sign up online here or by calling the library at 814-938-5020.


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