Every Monday and Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., we have Laptime at the Red Bridge Branch. Laptime is a time for parents or grandparents and children (3 and under) to come and learn colors, shapes, animals, songs and much, much more!
We start by identifying an animal; where they live, what noise they make, and what they eat. After we’ve identified the animal, we open with the song "If You’re Happy and You Know It."
My interest in astronomy was first fueled by growing up under star-laden nights and watching the Aurora Borealis (the northern lights) dance across the heavens. That appetite was further whetted after discovering a book my father had. It was a 1928 edition of In Starry Realms by Robert S. Ball, Sr (1840-1913). Not expecting to find it still in print, I was thrilled to find it on WorldCat.
"I don’t like reading!" "Reading is boring!" These are some of the comments I heard as a reading tutor. Reluctant readers balk when asked to read a full page of text; they feel overwhelmed before they begin.
Getting these readers interested in reading is a challenge. While tutoring, I successfully used a tool which you can find in our library – and it’s free! If you would like to help a reluctant reader or you would like a new reading experience yourself, look into graphic novels.
Just before I retired from teaching and changed careers to librarianship, I came across a wonderful book entitled Mr. Peabody’s Apples by Madonna. Madonna (singer and author) wrote in her book dedication to teachers that "It is about the power of words. And how we must choose them carefully to avoid causing harm to others."
The assassination of John F. Kennedy, thirty-fifth President of the United States, took place on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. My parents often speak of the assassination around this time of year, and it’s very emotional for my entire family. When I ran across the book, Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation by Ellen F. Fitzpatrick, I knew this was a book I had to read.
Olivia has a turkey on her head! This was the craft that the kids made during storytime last week at the Grain Valley branch. Bring your little ones to our storytime Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m., and enjoy stories, crafts and songs.
Just look at that title. Those words put together just don’t make sense. Age 10 and divorced. It’s reality for Nujood Ali, though. Growing up in Yemen didn’t bring Nujood many opportunities, but she took life for what it could be. Nujood was excited to attend school, learn to read and write, and play with her friends. She was simply enjoying her childhood. All that changed, though, when Nujood’s father forces her to marry a man three times her age. She is sent away from her family to live in an isolated Yemeni village where she suffers emotional and physical abuse daily.