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Author: Rachel Edmondson

ABCmouse Early Learning from the Library Now Available for On-the-Go & Home Use

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on April 14, 2022 at 4:00 am

ABCmouse is still free for everyone to use in all our libraries. And now all in-district library card holders can now access it from home or while traveling, anywhere with internet access! The curriculum is designed for kids ages 2–8 and includes reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Experts in early childhood education have des […]

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Raising a Reader: Benefits & Useful Resources for Parents & Caregivers

Posted in Parents and Teachers on March 1, 2022 at 6:00 am

Raising a child as a reader can start at any time, even now. Whether you have a baby, a preschooler, or even a 12-year-old, it is never too early or too late to see the many benefits of reading to children. The library has books and resources to help you raise a readers. Have you tried Book Butler? Or signed up for... […]

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Find Local, National & World News with This Useful Digital Resource

Posted in Explore and Discover on January 12, 2022 at 6:00 am

Whether you are a news connoisseur who reads from a variety of perspectives and sources, or you are doing research for school or work, Gale OneFile: News is a great one-stop place for news resources. What can you find with Gale OneFile: News? It provides you with access to. . . […]

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14 Feel-Good Fiction Reads for Hope & Encouragement

Posted in Explore and Discover on October 27, 2021 at 7:00 am

Lately, I’ve been in the mood for books that are happier, or at least mostly uplifting. My sense is I am not alone in this desire. While these books have sad moments and deal with life’s challenges, they will hopefully leave you feeling positive and encouraged when you turn that last page. […]

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Fabulous Tail-Wagging Reads to Get Ready for National Dog Day

Posted in Parents and Teachers on August 11, 2021 at 6:00 am

Happy NAtional Dog Day, illustrated pups What better day to celebrate our furry family member than National Dog Day on August 26. From silly to touching, these are a few of my favorite picture books about man’s (kid’s) best friend. I hope you read a few to celebrate dogs and get ready for National Dog Day! […]

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23 Kids’ Books to Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on May 4, 2021 at 6:00 am

BY RACHEL EDMONDSON This month is a time to celebrate the history, traditions, and cultural contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). You’ll find great digital reads to celebrate AAPI authors on OverDrive. I also share two lists of picture books and chapter books that you can check out from the library. FIRST, A […]

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Wiggle worms and bouncing kangaroos: How do you read to active toddlers?

Posted in Parents and Teachers on March 3, 2021 at 6:00 am

How to read to active toddlers BY RACHEL EDMONDSON After cold winter weather has kept us inside along with months of extra pandemic confinement, many of us are feeling pretty antsy. For young kids who have a high need to be active, sitting still is probably harder than ever, even for those young kids who normally are happy to crawl into […]

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Kids share their favorite books: Winter break edition

Posted in kids on December 22, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson When I was in school, one of my favorite things about winter break was that I didn’t have to read books assigned for class because that meant I had time to read books I picked myself! Studies have shown that kids are more motivated to read when they are allowed to pick […]

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Yoga and mindfulness for stressed and anxious kids

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on October 14, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson Life is stressful. Life during the COVID-19 pandemic is extra stressful. As adults, we’ve had to navigate so much this year that nobody would have imagined in 2019. And our kids pick up on our stress. Plus, they have stressors of their own. School is completely different, they’re wearing masks, and they […]

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Kid-picked books for your summer reading list

Posted in kids on July 15, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson We all know how important it is for kids to keep reading throughout the summer, but sometimes it can be hard to convince kids to pick up a book. I’ve found that kids are more motivated to read a book when it’s recommended to them by a friend. Think of it as […]

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