Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage: Books, an in-library display, videos & more

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that honor Asian Pacific American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Upcoming in-person events. Experience: A special exhibit on display in the Main Library Idea Box (coming … Read more

Spring sensory play: Videos & activities for early learners

Toddler touching a flower on a bush

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Play is how kids learn. We say this so often because it’s one of the most important things for adults who raise or work with kids to remember. Librarians included! Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers learn best when they can explore the things and world around them in their own way and … Read more

April is Autism Acceptance Month

Librarian Shelley Harris points to an AAC board

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Did you know that April is Autism Acceptance Month? This month devoted to celebrating autistic people and autistic experiences was created 11 years ago by advocate Paula C. Durbin-Westby. In this interview, Durbin-Westby explains, “The word ‘acceptance’ is much stronger than ‘tolerance,’ especially the begrudging sort of tolerance I saw … Read more

Celebrating Arab American Heritage: Books, a video & more learning experiences

Celebrating Arab American Heritage

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Arab American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Title suggestions for all ages. Celebrate: Ramadan with books and a craft and a special Idea Box display at the Main Library, and a … Read more

Nature fun: Videos & activities for early learners

Cartoon kids playing in tree outside

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Jenny and I are huge fans of nature programming at the library. We’ve offered nature classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary-aged kids, and kids of all ages with disabilities, for years. That’s because nature allows us to expand learning in both reading and science! As Anne of Green Gables would … Read more

Women’s History Month: Videos & activities for early learners

Women's history BINGO card

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris How young is too young to introduce kids to history? There’s no such thing as too young! There are so many delightful and age-appropriate ways to share information on fascinating people from all time periods. Below are some suggestions for videos, books, and activities to share with your early learners! … Read more

Scary things in the news: Videos for early learners, resources for caregivers

Jenny holding the book Ruby Finds a Worry

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Scary things are back in the news. Even when we try to insulate children from the news, we often underestimate how much they can overhear and how much they can pick up on tension in their caregivers. It’s very challenging for kids and adults when kids get worried and have … Read more

Get moving! At-home activities & videos for early learners

Cartoon kids running and jumping

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Who else is watching the Winter Olympics? I love my regular dive back into curling, which always feels like such a fun, accessible and possible sport to play. I also love figure skating, which is less accessible, even when I try to do Ridgeland Common’s noon skates! But whatever the sport on … Read more

Be kind to yourself: Videos & resources for grownups & early learners

Be Kind to Yourself written on a floral background

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris We often come back to the topic of emotions and social-emotional learning with our kids. Sometimes it may feel like we’re repeating ourselves! But we keep returning to the topic because it’s an important one. Kids (and adults!) learn best when they feel that they are safe and secure in … Read more

Digital media for preschoolers: Educational app recommendations (part 2)

Child and adult playing with phone in bed

By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam As we spend time at home this winter, many families are likely dedicating more time to screens—playing games and watching videos, movies, and television shows. Time on screens can provide positive experiences for families—a way to relax and have fun, connect, and share experiences together. This time also can provide … Read more

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