Social and emotional learning (SEL) has always been a significant part of a child’s development. Last week the Wall Street Journal published an article about the importance of SEL which is “the process by which children learn to understand and manage feelings, develop empathy for others and acquire problem-solving skills.” With remote learning and the ever changing reality, teaching and practicing social and emotional skills are both extremely challenging and vitally important. … Continue reading Books to Promote Social Emotional Learning
Are you holding on to the last bits of summer? Do you want to enjoy the sights of the ocean without getting sand everywhere? Do you need some ideas for helping your student with learning at home? The new Special Selections in the Children’s Department is full of books about the ocean and creatures that live there. … Continue reading Under the Sea
It is almost time to get back to school and no matter what that looks like for you and your family this year you will want to prepare meals and snacks that are healthy for your family. A great way to do this is to get everyone involved in the cooking. The library has some great … Continue reading Cookin’ With STEAM!!!
Temperatures are rising and options for entertainment are limited for families this summer due to social distancing measures. Many are turning to the simple pleasures of getting back to nature and learning more about the world around us. One of my “happy places” is the zoo. I grew up in central Illinois with a small zoo … Continue reading Enjoying Nature in Many Different Ways
Before I started working at the library I was a school teacher for 18 years. At the beginning of each school year I would spend 4-6 weeks assessing and often reteaching material that was covered the year before. This year parents and educators are especially concerned about lost academic gains due to the extended quarantine at the end of school. Good news! There … Continue reading Promote Summer Learning (And Have Fun!)
Summer Reading is here! It may look different from past summers, but the emphasis is still on digging into some great books and fun summer experiences. You can earn tickets for reading (books, audio-books, newspapers, magazines, or even bedtime stories), going on scavenger hunts, writing book reviews, creating a nature journal, writing a story and much more! These tickets can … Continue reading Dig Deeper, Read, Investigate, Discover!
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day held in the United States. Since that time it has become a world wide movement to remind ourselves and each other to do things that help our environment. During the past 50 years, steps have been taken to make our communities safer places to live. The air is healthier, the … Continue reading Celebrate Earth Day
While schools are closed, many businesses have opened up their online resources to students free of charge. The library has several links on its web page to help families navigate the materials that are available. Here is a highlight of what these sites have to offer. Bound To Stay Bound Bound to Stay Bound is … Continue reading Stay-At-Home Resources For Kids
During our last STEAM Science and STEAM Science Jr. clubs we constructed our very own Rube Goldberg machines. Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist famous for drawing complicated inventions to complete simple tasks. It is estimated that he drew over 50,000 cartoons in his life time! We looked at some of his cartoons and watched a … Continue reading Full STEAM Ahead
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King who, after her husband’s assassination, continued the work for racial equality and peace throughout the world. Each year the Coretta Scott King Book Award is presented to exceptional African American authors and illustrators of … Continue reading The Coretta Scott King Book Awards