Insight for Educators

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Featured Program: GOAL

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Age Group: First Grade Students
Cost: Free
When: August 30 – October 4


GOAL: Grade One At the Library

Help your first graders develop a passion for reading and learning that will last for the rest of their lives. Through GOAL, students will receive a library card that will introduce them to many books, programs, and computer resources.

We will provide:

  • Information Packet
  • Application Form

Each first-grade teacher will receive all necessary information and paperwork. Please distribute applications and letters to students to take home to parents/guardians. This will allow parents/guardians to complete the application for their children and enroll them in GOAL. Their child will receive a library card if their child does not have one. If their child already has a library card, they may still participate in GOAL events and activities and win prizes.

Student Prizes 

Upon each visit to a York County Library, GOAL participants will receive:

  • 1st visit: Pencil or gel bracelet
  • 2nd Visit: Sports/Book Bag
  • 3rd Visit: A Copy of Lindsay Barrett George’s Book In the Woods: Who’s Been Here and a PeoplesBank Frisbee



Key Dates

During the early fall months, GOAL is in full swing!

  • August: First-grade teachers receive GOAL Packets
  • August 30: GOAL program kicks off
    • Teachers will send the Parent/Guardian Letter and Library Card Application Form home for parent signatures
  • September 16-20: School Visit Week
    • Clifford the Big Red Dog visits schools to promote GOAL
  • September – October: GOAL Library Cards Distributed
    • Students will receive GOAL card in the mail
  • September – December: Students visit libraries to redeem prizes 
  • October 4: GOAL Campaign Ends
    • Teachers return all completed applications, along with the Teacher Return Form, to York County Libraries. A pre-addressed envelope will be included in the packet.
  • November 16: GOAL Celebration with Lindsay Barrett George at Penn State York Conference Center from 1:30pm-3:00pm

Teachers who have 100% of their students’ applications returned will be entered into a drawing to win an in-school visit from the author and will be invited to a special event at noon on November 16, 2019.



Resource Highlights

This month’s resource:
Recommended for Grades: PreK-3
Languages Available: English & Spanish
Cost: Free with York County Libraries card. Get a card today!

This incredibly engaging resource for grades PreK-3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills as well as introduce students to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Help children build reading and comprehension skills in English or Spanish through BookFLIX. BookFLIX pairs classic animated storybooks, related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic, and learning games and activities to build a love of reading and learning.

Click here to start the fun!

Interested in discovering more digital resources? View other resources below, and on our Online Resources page.



Hot Topic: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Recommended Ages: Birth – 5

The first teacher a child has is their parent. Reading to a child daily allows a smart start for success in school and life by reading with children every day.

An easy way to encourage your child’s love of books and reading is to sign them up for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

  • 1 book a day for 3 years is 1,095 books
  • 2 books a day for 2 years is 1,460 books
  • 3 books a day for 1 year is 1,095 books

Parents and caregivers can track children’s progress and reading achievements in a personalized passport and online via the Beanstack app.

At every 100-book milestone, the parent brings their child to the library to take a picture with a milestone prop and to get a special stamp in their passport. At 500 books and 1,000 books, the child and parent should visit their library to receive special prizes. After 1,000 books, there is a graduation ceremony!

Read more about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.


Up Next…

Look for your next Insight for Educators in November. Our highlighted program will feature the Poetry Contest and the resources available to children all year round, especially during the winter months. 

Interested in finding more programs and events? Check out our calendar for events happening across the county!


More Digital Resources for Educators

  • Power Library: Free database service through the Commonwealth of Libraries with access to current magazines & journals, data access, research tools, and materials that can be incorporated into the classroom
  • Ask Here, PA: Offers a 24/7 Chat with a live librarian to check facts, develop resources, and identify new and exciting resources for your students.
  • TrueFlix & BookFlix: Programs to help children build reading and comprehension skills in English or Spanish
  • Axis 360: App and website-based-service provided through York County Libraries to explore the digital collection of books. These can be used to enrich a classroom experience. 

York County Libraries also have hands-on items that educators may check out to use to introduce children to technology.  Different kits are available in each library. Ask about them when you visit your favorite location, or search our catalog to locate one in the county.

Visit our ‘Online Resources‘ page to access all other digital services.