The holidays will look very different this year, but some things will remain the same. We may not be able to participate in cookie exchanges, but we can have the joy of baking cookies at home with our families. The library is hosting a special (at-home) cookie baking event. There will be some great prizes … Continue reading It’s Cookie Baking Time!
Are all of the Halloween books checked out in the holiday section? Do you need a scary or not-so-scary tale to tell your kids on Halloween. Do you put things off to the last minute like I do? Never fear! The library is here! There are still some great books available at the library with a Halloween … Continue reading Monsters, Zombies and Mysteries – Oh, My!
This month the "Special Selections" in the children's area features books about elections, United States presidents and our government. Young children can learn more about making choices as a community, having a respectful disagreements, and the importance of working together. Older children can learn about the process and history of elections, interesting facts about our … Continue reading Vote To Read!
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