It seems strange to think that one person in the 1950s unwittingly helped cure polio and changed medical science forever. It’s even stranger to think that the family of the woman, Henrietta Lacks, had no idea about it for decades.
"Konnichiwa" and "Kite kurete arigato" were the words of the day last Monday when 17 tweens arrived at the Grandview Branch. In their program Journey to Japan, they perfected their origami folding, practiced with chopsticks, and made (and ate) candy sushi.
We are now offering Bundle Books in the new Children's area of the North Independence Branch. Bundles consist of three to five books bundled together that are of similar subject or series. These include Barbie, fire trucks, superheroes, and more. Some bundles are just for fun, and bundles include fiction and non-fiction books. Parents will love this service because they can quickly find books for their children without having to search the shelves for books. The bundle books are currently displayed by the Board Books upstairs.
What's better than sitting by the fire and enjoying a good mystery while the wind howls outside? Besides a good book, winter is also a great time for that delicious comfort food we all know and love. Since the cold sometimes keeps us housebound, it’s a great time to try new recipes. But, have you ever considered searching those culinary mystery books for new recipes to try?
A little girl is surprised when her favorite sandals flip off her feet and fly south for the winter. A Flock of Shoes by Sarah Tsiang is a delightful new book for preschool and early school age children. It's a fun and imaginative story that makes a fun read for the changing seasons.
I woke up this morning to see that we have another inch of snow here. Sidewalks and driveways are white again, and the forecast says it is too cold for snowmelt to work for a while. Snow has played a role in world history over the ages. I just thought of Napoleon who attacked Russia in 1812. He found Moscow abandoned, and lost much of his army returning to France in the cold, bitter winter.
Should we read to our children beginning at a few months old? I strongly believe we should. It is a time to spend quality time with them, and it makes them feel loved. Reading to them in those early years helps them to not be one of the 20% that graduates and cannot read the diploma. Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out in later years. 60% of American inmates are illiterate, and 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems.