Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant Funds Bring More Children’s and Youth Playaways to Tyson Library

Versailles, IN – August 17, 2023 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Tyson Library a $1,600 grant to support its youth literacy efforts. The funding is part of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s recent award of nearly $2.6 million across the country to support more than 300,000 students attending more than 600 schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations in the communities Dollar General calls home.

Tyson Library will use these grant funds to purchase more Children’s and Youth Playaways for our collection. Playaways are devices with pre-loaded audiobooks, which give the reader freedom to listen whenever and wherever they are. No internet connection or downloads are necessary to enjoy books with these devices.

“We are very grateful to Dollar General and their literacy grant that is allowing us to expand on the contemporary resources we can provide for our community,” said Aly Wright, Youth Programming Coordinator for Tyson Library. “Audiobooks are a great asset that we continue to add to our collection at Tyson Library. They are a great way to encourage a love of reading in our young patrons. It can be especially helpful for those who are not yet reading on their own or for those who may struggle to read due to a lack of focus or dyslexia.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that increase access to educational programming, stimulate and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and inspire a love of reading. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer, and youth literacy programs.

“We are proud to award these grants to literacy and education programs across the country and support their meaningful work of expanding children’s joy of reading and creating a foundation for future educational growth,” shared Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “We are excited to make a difference in thousands of students’ lives through these donations and look forward to making more positive impacts as we celebrate the Foundation’s 30th anniversary year.”

The Foundation also offers a student referral program for individuals interested in learning how to read, speak English, or prepare for the high school equivalency exam. Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online here or through referral cards found in the Learn to Read brochures that are available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.

About Tyson Library
Tyson Library is located in Versailles, Indiana, and serves the residents of Johnson, Brown, Shelby and Otter Creek Townships in Ripley County, Indiana. The library opened in April 1942 is named for Versailles’s native son, businessman, and philanthropist – James Henry Tyson. Today, Tyson Library continues to serve its community with traditional and contemporary library resources. To learn more about Tyson Library, go to www.tysonlibrary.org.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $238 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 19.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides financial support to schools, nonprofit organizations and libraries within a 15-mile radius of Dollar General stores and distribution centers. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or apply for a literacy grant, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

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Tyson Library Kicks Off Summer 2023 with Touch-A-Truck

Summer programming for 2023 is officially underway at Tyson Library following last Saturday’s Touch-A-Truck event! We had so much fun seeing our young patrons explore the different vehicles parked on our block of West Tyson Street. The drivers were so great with each young visitor and their families – answering questions, helping them climb into the vehicle, and encouraging them to honk the horn or start the sirens.

Izzy and Chloe Burdette learn about the equipment used by Southeastern Indiana REMC with their grandmother Janet Vanosdol.

This event was made possible with the support of many area businesses and first responders who donated their time. Please join us in thanking the Versailles Police Department, the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, the Indiana State Police, the Versailles Fire Department, Ripley County EMS, the Versailles Street Department, South Ripley Schools, Southeastern Indiana REMC, Affordable Todd’s Wrecker and Repair, 3C Express, and Crum Trucking. By our informal count, approximately 200 people attended Saturday’s event.

Members of the Versailles community and visitors from out of town found their way to the Touch-A-Truck event. Here they wait their turn to sit in the driver’s seat of the truck brought by Affordable Todd’s Wrecker and Repair.

Tyson Library provided BINGO cards that the kids could fill by stopping at each vehicle and getting the driver’s signature. After filling their BINGO cards the kids got to pick a prize from the library’s Treasure Box.

Young Sarah Dixon and Amelia Hepner learned about ambulances and the equipment they carry from Ripley County EMS at Tyson Library’s Touch-A-Truck event on June 10.

Library staff was also available to sign kids up for summer classes and provide information on the adult programs and events scheduled to take place this season. It is not too late to join us for summer reading! Visit our Summer Explorers page to learn more about summer reading and programs. To sign up, please, stop in, call 812-689-5894, or email aly@tysonlibrary.org.

Connor Crowe and his dad, Evan, talked with the Versailles Fire Department about the engine and other equipment that firefighters use to protect themselves on the job.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos from the June 10, 2023 Touch-A-Truck event.

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Celebrating 1000 Books Before Kindergarten For 3 Young Readers

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AJ Dell, Josiah Evans, and Mark Wright celebrate reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten at Tyson Library.

Tyson Library hosted a celebration Wednesday, February 9 for three young patrons who have recently finished reading 1000 books before they started kindergarten. Josiah Evans, son of Rachel and Josh Evans; AJ Dell, son of Kyla and Brett Dell; and Mark Wright, son of Aly and Caleb Wright each received a certificate, a t-shirt, and a bound booklet of their completed tracking sheets.

Tyson Library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is open for all children who have not started kindergarten. As a family reads together they mark their tracking sheet, counting their way up to the next 100-book milestone. Our local program does not require that the 1000 books be different titles. If you child really enjoys reading the same book over and over for a week, each time you read that book, it counts.

Reading together helps develop reading and language skills, and also creates bonds and memories that will last a life time.

Click here to learn more about the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at Tyson Library

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In 2022, We Read to New Heights!

The Tyson Library staff set goals to read enough books to reach their own height if those books were stacked one on top of the other. Some of us met our goals, and we all enjoyed the challenge!

Trey met his goal in early October 2022.

Together we read more than 325 books. Most of the books we read were in traditional print format, but many were audiobooks or ebooks.

Donna met her goal in early November 2022.

Congrats to our staff who read to their heights!

  • Trey Bradshaw, Circulation
  • Donna McCombs, Cataloging & Children’s Programming
  • Aly Wright, Children & Teen Programming
  • Tali Crowe, Marketing & Adult Programming
Aly met her goal in December 2022.

“I’m excited about a new year for reading books and trying to beat my goal from last year,” said Aly Wright, Children & Teen Programming Coordinator.

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What does a good bookmark look like? Show us in our 2023 Bookmark Contest

Click the link below to download this year’s entry form!

It’s time to bust out the craft supplies and break through those winter blues with the 2023 Tyson Library Bookmark Contest!

This is our official invitation to any and all local students in preschool through 12th grade to submit an entry for this year’s contest. The winning designs from each age/grade category will be available as Tyson Library’s official bookmarks for 2023.

Need a little inspiration? Just take a look at last year’s winning designs!

Each design can be as colorful and creative as your child wants to make their design – we want the students to have fun and show us what they think of when it comes to books and the joy of reading.

We will celebrate this year’s winners during National Library Week (April 23-29) with a reception for the winners and their families at the Tyson Activity Center.


Rules:

  • Design MUST fit in a space 8 inches by 2 inches (like the box included on the printable form)
  • Limit 1 drawing per person
  • Designs can be hand or computer drawn in color or black & white using ink, crayon, paint, or other media. (Note: pencil drawings are often not reproducible, thus NOT accepted.)
  • Submitted drawings must have the child’s name, grade, and parent’s signature (authorizing the library to use the winning drawing)
  • Theme: Designs should showcase the fun and adventure of reading, books, Tyson Library, or community/All Together Now

Important Dates:

  • Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. – Entries due in person to the front desk, via email to aly@tysonlibrary.org, or faxed to 812-750-8263
  • Friday, April 7 – Winners will be notified by end of day
  • Tuesday, April 25, time TBD – 2023 Bookmark Contest Winners Reception at Tyson Activity Center

Age/Grade Categories:

  1. Preschool
  2. Grades K-3
  3. Grades 2-3
  4. Grades 4-6
  5. Grades 7-9
  6. Grades 10-12

Call 812-689-5894 or email aly@tysonlibrary.org with any questions.

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Tyson Library Receives $2,000 PNC Grant

Tyson Library received a $2,000 grant at the end of October from the PNC Foundation. These funds will help us launch several new projects and programs for our young patrons.

“We are so excited for the opportunities provided for us by the PNC Foundation grant. The items that we will be able to purchase for our Story Time and our children’s programming are much appreciated,” said Children’s and Teen Programming Coordinator Aly Wright. “We look forward to being able to offer Storytime Kits and Interactive Book Kits for our elementary students that this money will help us do, along with helping with other children’s programs and needs.”

One new program this recent grant will allow us to host will be with the Kids Discovery Factory of Batesville for our school-aged patrons. So, follow us on Facebook and remember to check back here later for more information as we work to get this on our calendar.

The other needs Ms. Aly mentioned include updating our board book shelving in the Children’s Area. Tyson Library Director Margaret Marcy and Ms. Aly are in the early planning stages of this project now.

Board books are an important part of our collection as they are often the first books families enjoy together. Their durable pages allow children to enjoy looking at and flipping through the pages, sometimes before they are even toddlers. We are hoping to update our current setup with something more engaging and accessible for children of all ages.

“The storytime and book kits are just the beginning of a larger collection we are hoping to build for our community,” said Adult Programming Coordinator Tali Crowe. “We are planning to offer a ‘Library of Things’ that will include many non-traditional items that you can check out from the library.”

The staff are still working on what we want to include in our Library of Things, but so far we know it will include storytime and book kits, craft kits, baking tools, and much more. Please leave us a comment or email us at info@tysonlibrary.org if you have any ideas of items we could include in our local Library of Things.

And, be sure to check back here for more information about these projects and more. There’s always something exciting going on at your local library!

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2022 Racial Equity Collection Added to Tyson Library’s Collection

We have a new book display in our Adult Section featuring the books we were able to purchase thanks to a $1,000 Advancing Racial Equity Collection Grant from Indiana Humanities.

This new collection features diverse characters and stories and were chosen from an approved list provided by Indiana Humanities. The materials on the approved list were selected because they “address race, systemic racism and/or the Black experience through a humanities lens,” according to the Indiana Humanities website.

Our director selected books for all ages to add to our collection, and we are so excited to share them with our local community!

Click here to learn more about the grant that helped us purchase this new collection!

Children’s Books:

Audio Books:

Adult Fiction & Non-Fiction:

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Take your pick of the patch!

Get into the Pumpkin Show spirit with a good book

Versailles is gearing up for the 2022 Versailles Lions Club Pumpkin Show on the square, so we figure now is a great time to check out a book – or 2 – about pumpkins! There are so many fun books to choose from in our collection at Tyson Library.

I’ll leave a thorough list below for you to get an idea of just how much fun these orange fruits can be inside the pages of a book. And, for any Disney or Tim Burton fans out there we have NEW book in our teen section you NEED to check out:

Long Live the Pumpkin King by Shea Ernshaw

That’s right. It’s a sequel to Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas with Sally taking the leading role this time.

Another teen recommendation in our collection is Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks

This graphic novel follows a pair of high school seniors as they spend their last pumpkin season together after 3 years. Check it out today to see how they “go out with a bang!”

Other books about pumpkins in our collection at Tyson Library:

Board Books

Picture & Easy Reader

Junior Fiction

Nonfiction

I also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the library will be closed Saturday, September 24 so our staff can participate in the Pumpkin Show Parade. We look forward to seeing many familiar faces along the parade route!

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Books To Read With Kids Around Labor Day

It’s almost time for Labor Day in the United States. That means it’s back to school for our students and teachers and, unfortunately, almost time for that last summer cookout. We’ve made a short list of books to read with your children to teach them about work and different jobs. All of the books on the list are part of our local collection at Tyson Library. If your family is interested in other books related to work and jobs, we’d be happy to help you find them during your next visit!

*Caption blurbs sourced from Goodreads*

Pig Pig Gets a Job by David M. McPhail

“Pig Pig thinks of all the jobs he could get, from cook to auto mechanic, and is enthusiastic about performing similar tasks for his family at home.”

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, clack, MOO. Click, clack, MOO. Clickety, clack, MOO. But Farmer Brown’s problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes….”

Berenstain Bears and Mama’s New Job by Stan and Jan Berenstain

“When Mama turns her quilt-making hobby into a business, the Bear family worries that she won’t have time for them. But as everyone pitches in to help her, they realize that things aren’t so different after all—and they’re prouder of Mama than ever!”

Splat the Cat Gets a Job by Rob Scotton

“Splat is so excited to be the new newspaper cat! But getting up super early, keeping track of all those papers, and delivering to all those houses sure isn’t as easy as it looks. With help from Kitten, and some cool inventions, can Splat figure out how to toss papers like a pro?”

ASPCA Kids: Animals at Work by Liz Palika and Katherine A. Miller

“Animals work hard to make ourworld a better place Animals are so much more than companions–they make amazing contributions to the planet and to the human race. Here, you’ll learn about the dogs who are lending a paw to protect livestock, guide people who can’t see, pull sleds and wagons, and so much more. You’ll also get the scoop on the jobs other animals do, like horses who serve in the military and law enforcement, and even cats who control vermin and provide therapy to the sick and the elderly.”

Mail Carriers by Julie Murray

“Little readers will learn all about what mail carriers do, where they work, and why they are important in our communities. Very simple text combined with correlating and colorful images will both inform and strengthen reading skills.”

Ask us about the Community Helpers Series shelved in the Children’s Area to read more about other important jobs people do throughout every community.

Who Was Cesar Chavez? by Dana Meachen Rau

“When he was young, Cesar and his Mexican American family toiled in the fields as migrant farm workers. He knew all too well the hardships farm workers faced. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers’ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. Along with Dolores Huerta, he cofounded the National Farmworkers Association. His dedication to his work earned him numerous friends and supporters, including Robert Kennedy and Jesse Jackson.”

Have you enjoyed any of these books with your child? Do you have any you’d recommend to help explore work and different jobs? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!

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Update (Part 1): We’re Reading to Our Heights in 2022 at Tyson Library

Somehow, we are already halfway through 2022. Which means most of the staff here at Tyson Library should, ideally, be able to stack the books they’ve read since January 1 on top of each other and the stack stand somewhere around their midriff. Let’s see how our reading efforts are stacking up to the challenge!

Aly, Children and Teen Programming – Goal: 5’5″

Aly has added 29 books to her chart so far this year.

“I find that I am reading a lot more than I have in probably 5 or 6 years,” Aly said. “I want to be able to read to my height, so instead of scrolling on my phone, I pull out a book instead.”

Aly’s favorite read this year (so far): Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business by Dolly Parton, Non-Fiction

Her least favorite read this year (so far): How Not to Fall in Love by Jacqueline Firkins, Young Adult

Aly’s book choices earlier in the year were largely in the genre of non-fiction, but she has found her way into quite a few historical romance and thriller tales lately.

“I’ve enjoyed most of (the historical romance), but sometimes the romance stories can be a little too predictable,” said Aly.

She’s also added the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn to her list, and has seemed to enjoy the source material used in the popular Netflix production.

Donna, Cataloger – Goal: 5’3″

Donna’s chart includes 25 titles from the first half of the year.

Donna said she doesn’t think she’s read more books than she would have normally this year because of the challenge. This will be the first time she’s tried to keep track of her own reading habit for an entire year.

“I’ve always been an avid reader,” said Donna. “It’ll be interesting to see how many books I will read by the end of the year.”

Donna’s favorite book this year (so far): The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah, Historical Fiction or The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, also Historical Fiction

Donna said this was a difficult choice, because she has enjoyed so many.

“My favorite genre is historical fiction, especially WWII,” Donna said. “I enjoy learning things I didn’t already know when I read a book. And, I also enjoy a good page-turner as well.”

Margaret Ann, Circulation – Goal: 5′

Margaret Ann has finished 19 books since January 1, 2022.

Margaret Ann’s non-strategy to read to her height is simply to “read, read, read!” She said: “If you are reading something that catches your interested, you will read faster to find out what happens!”

Margaret Ann’s favorite read this year (so far): The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn, Historical Fiction

“The challenge is not the size of the book! said Margaret Ann. “I just don’t read as much during the summer months – that is the challenge! I would rather be outside in the summer, working on my flowers.”

Before the year is over, Margaret Ann plans to read at least one book that is out of her “comfort zone.” She’s been enjoying historical fiction and realistic mysteries, so far this year.

Tali, Advertising & Marketing – Goal: 5’3″

Tali has added 29 titles to her list in the last 6 months.

“I read in just about every format, I think,” Tali said. “This includes the traditional book we all think of when we picture going to the library, along with audiobooks, digital audiobooks, e-books, and even graphic novels.”

Tali’s favorite book this year (so far): Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (Earthseed #1), Dystopia

Tali’s least favorite book this year (so far): Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution by Amber Tamblyn, Non-Fiction

“I’ve read more for pleasure this year than I have in…I want to say decades, like since I did summer reading programs as a kid,” said Tali. “Setting a goal and challenging myself to chisel away at it day by day and week by week is intrinsically rewarding for me and having the extra motivation with the public tracking charts is helping to keep me reading when I would normally tell myself that I’m too busy.”


While some of us have made great progress towards our goals in the last 6 months, others still have a ways to go. But, we have plenty of time to catch up!

If you saw our original post about setting these “reading to our heights” goals in January, we hope you’ll continue to follow along. There isn’t a reward for reaching our goals (other than the self-satisfaction, I suppose), but I think we’re all enjoying the challenge.

“I would encourage more people to try some sort of reading challenge, even if it isn’t this one,” Aly said. “I’ve always wanted to read more. I used to read a lot when I was younger and a teenager, but it lessened as I’ve gotten older. So I’m happy that I have a challenge pushing me in a goal I already wanted to accomplish.”

Check out our reading logs in the adult area of our collection the next time you stop in. If you see a title there you’ve been thinking about reading or have already read, we’d love to chat about it!