Did you know that the average time a child (ages 8-18) spends watching television per day is 4 ½ hours, while children this age only spend 38 minutes reading any printed material (books, magazines, or news articles)?
Do you see a problem with this? Reading helps a child develop their language skills so they can communicate better with others as they get older. If they are spending the majority of their time watching television, how are they going to learn the skills they need to make a better future for themselves? Reading is by far the better option.
When we moved our son, our only child, into his college dorm for the first time in August, it was the beginning of a new reality for our family. I thought about all the years of the "first day of school" photos taken in the morning before heading off to the bus stop –his smiling face, probably a new lunch box, backpack, crayons, and pencils. In later years, there were still the pictures, though somewhat lacking in their enthusiasm, smiling indulgently (grudgingly?) before driving himself to school. It was after all, a tradition.
Over one hundred years ago, one of the most important historical events ever took place at Kitty Hawk, NC. On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers flew and controlled the first motorized airplane. A number of good juvenile and adult books are available at the library so you can learn all about the Wright Brothers, their historical flight, and the other people involved at that time.
Have you ever been a little at a loss for direction; maybe bored and restless and needing a change of scenery? Patrick Dobson was just that way when he began a journey of over 1,200 miles from Kansas City to Helena, Montana. This story is a little reminiscent of another Missourian, William Least Heat Moon.
I have always been a reader. Throughout each stage of my life, I have use books to find comfort, gain knowledge, and sometimes, just to realize I am not alone. After I met my husband, I realized how much becoming a mother meant to me. After many years of trying, I finally gave in and started consulting my old stand-by: Books!
Getting ready to put my flower pots away for winter, I spotted a strange looking brownish, blackish bug with a cog-like gear on its back sitting on the rim of my flower pot. I tried to coax it onto a stick so I could get a better look at it, and remove it from the flower pot.
Two great opportunities to celebrate the Christmas season are coming to the Grandview Branch. Bring the entire family and be ready to laugh and sing in the season as kid rocker Jim Cosgrove brings Mr. Skinky Feet's Christmas to our branch on Thursday, December 9th at 7 p.m. This show will remind you what the holidays look like through a child's eyes.
It is hard to believe this, but the holiday season is upon us. It feels as if just yesterday, I was getting home from a trip to Portland. Actually, the trip was in late March! Time truly does fly, and it goes faster and faster as we get older. I recall that when I was a kid, old people used to tell me that. It always used to make me laugh really hard...I'm not laughing so hard about it nowadays!