Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Celebrate Halloween & Dia de Muertos with your library

Miss Nora with a sugar skull

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris This weekend is bursting with holidays to celebrate! Saturday’s Halloween is followed by Sunday’s Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead, and your public library is ready. We’re offering two Halloween dance party storytimes, one at 10 am for all ages and a Supported one at 11 am for kids … Read more

Virtual learning for early learners: Explore a world of words

Mr. Dean working on Bones Discovery Kit

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Greetings and salutations! Jenny and I have been having fun sharing words this week, from words about apples to what we can find around our homes. Words are everywhere! Explore words together with these videos, activities, books, and more. Watch these videos Miss Jenny has a book called Be Kind, … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Storytelling

Miss Jenny and Ruthie the Camel playing Roll-A-Story Pronouns

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Back in the pre-COVID-19 days, we used to get small kids coming up to the desk and proudly reading a book to us. Their caregiver would laugh and say they had it memorized or were describing the pictures. And guess what? That is also reading!  The articles about Picture Walks … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Let’s talk about bodies & puberty

Kid looking at anatomy on tablet

By Children’s Librarian Hal Patnott Developing accurate and affirming language to name the parts of our bodies and understanding the ways in which bodies change as we age is an important skill for young people to learn. Not only is it a matter of physical health, but it also provides young people with better tools … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Rhyme time

Miss Shelley counting

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Like the sounds we talked about last week, rhymes and rhyming words are an important part of pre-reading and reading. It’s another way to play with words, see how they’re made and how to break them down. This helps kids be able to understand how to sound words out when … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: The universe above our heads

Telescope looking at the night sky

By Children’s Librarian Genevieve Grove The physical sciences study the non-living systems of our world, and astronomy expands that investigation into the universe! Galaxies, stars, planets—we want to know about their physics, their movement, their atmospheres. Just like Galileo Galilei, who turned his telescope towards the stars and recorded what he saw, you too can … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Whoosh, bang, boom

Miss Juanta and her daughter

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris When we think about talking with our smallest kids, there are so many sounds involved: animal sounds, choo choo sounds, airplane sounds. These may feel like small things, but they’re important—the sounds we make with our kids are the building blocks of words. Being able to hear and practice those … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Create videos, podcasts, games & more

Family using laptop

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr Reimagining how we use technology is very important for families today. Below you’ll find equitable resources featuring safe and reliable tutorials that young adults and kids can use to make podcasts, Youtube videos, and coding. Check out these digital titles The Book of Terrifyingly Awesome Technology by Sean Connolly, Kristyna … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Nature fun

Jenny with squirrel

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 … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Take a brain & body break

Miss Shelley with core board

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Welcome back and happy autumn! Recently, Miss Jenny shared a book about a day that should have been exciting and wonderful turning into a big disappointment. Those days feel pretty common right now. Our kids want to go to school and learn and play with their friends—but right now, it … Read more

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