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Parents and Teachers

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

Posted 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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Healthy Eating & Active Living Program Starts Soon – See Success Stories

Posted on July 20, 2021 at 6:00 am

EFNEP Educator Brenda McGuire leads seven interactive lessons this August and September to strengthen your knowledge of healthy foods, discover fun recipes, and find new ways to be active with your family. Participants receive a water bottle, measuring cups and spoons, a cookbook, and a graduation certificate. These supplies will be available for p […]

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Hard Topics to Talk About with Kids: Get Help with These New Book Bags

Posted on July 7, 2021 at 6:00 am

Whether the conversation is about divorce, death, bullying, or some other challenging situation, parents and caregivers can wonder where to even start and how much to say. To help parents and caregivers with these tough conversations, the Early Learning Team at the library has launched “Let’s Talk About” book bags. […]

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

Posted 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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The best new picture books each month for delightful, adventurous reads

Posted on March 11, 2021 at 6:00 am

By SHERI BOGGS If you’re someone who wants to know about the best and newest picture books arriving on library shelves and what our librarians have to say about them, then Picture Book Chat is for you! Picture Book Chat is among our latest online programs. In these videos, Mary Ellen Braks, librarian and our […]

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

Posted 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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Nurturing creativity & imagination with picture books

Posted on January 28, 2021 at 6:00 am

BY MELISSA RHOADES Children are naturally creative and tend to display expansive imaginations. It’s even a stereotype that our imaginations blossom when we’re young and get socialized out of us as we grow into adulthood. Pablo Picasso is famously quoted as saying: “Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you […]

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What to say to & read with kids when the news is scary

Posted on January 21, 2021 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs NPR recently re-ran a podcast from last year on what to say to kids when the news is scary. Given how 2020 went, this piece is remarkably even more pertinent now, and the tips offered are still helpful: limit kids’ exposure to the news, give them time to talk about what they’ve […]

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Project ELLO: Everyday Language & Learning Opportunities

Posted on December 15, 2020 at 6:00 am

Guest blog by Dr. Allison Wilson Community spaces and familiar routines offer rich opportunities for meaningful interactions and learning with young children. Everyday Language and Learning Opportunities (Project ELLO) focuses on increasing the number of quality, language-rich interactions between caregivers and young children. ELLO resources encou […]

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Exploring memoir writing with children

Posted on December 10, 2020 at 6:00 am

BY CAITLIN WHEELER MEMOIR, A MOMENT IN A LIFE Unlike biography, which is the story of a life, memoir is a story within a life—a moment or a thread of moments that shed light on a larger truth. Everyone has stories like these: little moments in our lives that illustrate something bigger about how we […]

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