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
Hibernating, migrating and adapting are the three things that animals can do to face cold winter temperatures. Come check out our Special Selections this month to find books about different animals and how they adjust to colder weather. We even have a several fun fiction books that feature popular Arctic and Antarctic animals like polar … Continue reading What Do Animals Do in the Winter?
Most of us are familiar with the cultural and religious holidays in December like Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, but did you know that there are over 70 holidays in December? Here are a few … December 4 – National Cookie Day December 5 – International Ninja Day December 9 – National Llama Day December 11 … Continue reading Other December Holidays
November is Native American Heritage month. Over 6 million Native Americans live in the United States representing more than 570 tribes or nations. This month is designed as a way to recognize the important contributions and celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions and histories of indigenous peoples, both past and present. Check out the books below and … Continue reading Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
It is that time of year again where ghosts and goblins come out to play and creepy things howl in the night. We have all kinds of books at the library that will terrify and scare you, but if you are looking for something “not so scary” to read this month, then check out the … Continue reading Not So Scary, Scary Stories For Kids