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.
What are the advantages of attending the programs presented at the library? One is that they are very informative, and you can learn many new things. They are very entertaining for our children, and the children learn while having fun. Some of the programs encourage quality time between the parent and child. One very good advantage of attending library programs is that they are FREE!!!! After attending the programs, you can check out books about the program subject or other interests, movies, and CDs for FREE.
So it’s February 8th, which to me means that it’s 11 days after my birthday, 33 days until St. Patrick’s Day, and the middle of NCAA basketball season. To the world around me, though, it means that it’s 6 days until Valentine’s Day.