Picture puzzles, like the riddles found in I Spy books and the hidden pictures in Highlights magazine, are a lot of fun and have many educational benefits. Picture puzzles help with visual discrimination skills which are essential for reading. Solving picture puzzles improves memory skills and increases a child's vocabulary. They also engage reluctant readers … Continue reading I Spy with my little eye…
This month out Youth Services staff have picked out a few of their favorite books. Here are just some of the titles you can find on our special selection shelf. PICTURE BOOKS Don't Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton Miss Teri says to check out Don’t Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton. It is a sweet … Continue reading A Few of our Favorite Things (In the Children’s Department)
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!
The month of November is Native American Heritage month. This month is designated as a way to recognize the important contributions and celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions and histories of indigenous peoples, both past and present. The job of an illustrator is to interpret a story through pictures. The creativity of Native American artists is evident … Continue reading Celebrating Native American Artists in Children’s Literature
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's Author's Spotlight in the Children's section of the library, is focusing on books about Asian Americans and written by Asian American authors. It is often said that books are like mirrors and windows. Mirrors help reflect familiar experiences and surroundings while windows open readers up to a whole new awareness of other people … Continue reading Author Spotlight: Celebrating Asian American Voices
As we progress further into October and approach Halloween, I thought it might be interesting to talk about another holiday that revolves around magic and witches. In America, we typically think about witches and even dress as them during the month of October as they are closely associated with Halloween. However, the end of June marked a holiday known as Sankthansaften, or Saint John’s Eve … Continue reading Mystical Traditions-Witches and Sankthansaften
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
Mary Wickes was born Mary Isabella Wickenhauser in St. Louis on June 13th, 1910. She graduated from Beaumont High School in St. Louis and then graduated from Washington University with a double major in English literature and political science. Acting and drama was not a career consideration for her until her later years of college. As … Continue reading Famous Friday-Mary Wickes