Celebrate Dia de Muertos with your library

Ofrenda inside the Main Library Idea Box

Dia de Muertos is a joyful celebration of loved ones who have died. It is celebrated every November 1 and 2. Altars known as ofrendas are filled with photos, as well as food and other items that were enjoyed by those who have died, to remember and celebrate their lives. We are celebrating with multiple … Read more

Celebrating disability awareness: At-home activities & videos for early learners

Cartoon graphic of children of a group of children

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris October is the month especially set aside to celebrate and recognize various disabilities, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication Awareness Month, something dear to my heart as my brother uses a communication device to speak, and Down Syndrome Awareness Month, dear to Miss Jenny’s heart because of her niece. But that’s … Read more

Sharing books: At-home videos & activities for early learners

Kids playing on books

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Welcome back to a new year of learning! I finished library school more than ten years ago, but I still consider September a fresh start for the year. I’m excited to get started. What better way to start a new season of learning than by sharing books? This is the … Read more

We went to the zoo! At-home videos & activities for early learners

Miss Shelley, Ruthie, and Miss Jenny at the zoo

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Throughout the month of June, all of our videos were filmed at Brookfield Zoo. We’ll be visiting a new place every month this summer, going in-depth to highlight fun and learning for our kids. We think this new series style will start conversations and help kids explore interests, even when … Read more

Let reading color your world: Kids summer reading kicks off June 1

Reading Colors Your World

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Friends, can you believe summer is almost here? It feels like winter was just last month and also a full year ago! But the calendar does not lie: our summer reading program, Reading Colors Your World, starts next week on June 1! Kids, like adults, have been doing their best … Read more

Rhythm & rhyme & harmony: Videos & activities to help early learners practice self-regulation

Toddler clapping

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris This week, I shared a video on using breathing to regulate your body when you’re feeling stressed or getting too excited on a fun day. A lot of the songs we sing and games we play in storytime help kids practice self-regulation: kids are following patterns in movement and song, … Read more

Sharing books when you don’t feel like reading: Videos & activities for early learners

Grumpy baby with book

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris What do you think of when you see a book? Are books something stressful? Boring? Magical? Exciting? Something in between? All of those reactions are valid. Right now, I feel a little sad when I see books. Because of the stress of the pandemic, I don’t have the mental energy … Read more

Beyond ‘Twinkle Twinkle’: Videos & activities for early learners

Instruments and music notes

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris This week, the Fred Rogers Center shared an article from Zero to Three about the power of music for infants and toddlers. It ties music to key early development skills: physical, thinking, language, and literacy skills. As a librarian, I know the value of music; that’s why so much of … Read more

Wild, witty, wonderful words: Videos & activities for early learners

Letter tiles

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Marvelous! Splendiferous! Sensational! There are so many delightful and fun words that exist. The more words that kids know, the easier it will be for them to decode and read them when they’re ready.  Preschoolers young and old love to use big fancy words. How many can you use together? … Read more

Spring sensory play: Videos & activities for early learners

Child and grownup examining tulips

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 … Read more

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