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The Great American Eclipse of 2017

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 17, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Nathaniel Youmans Shortly after 10am on Monday, August 21, 2017, a terrific spectacle of light and darkness will leave millions of people suspended in awe. It has happened before (most recently through the Pacific Northwest states back in 1979), but on this morning many will witness the first total solar eclipse since 1918 to […]

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Save a life: Ask FAST questions when you spot a stroke

Posted in Explore and Discover on August 15, 2017 at 6:00 am

by Debbie Rhodes I woke up wandering into my living room thinking why wasn’t I at work? My husband looked at me strangely and in a very uneasy tone asked, “How many children do you have?” I replied, “Why are you asking me such a stupid question?” It turned out he had a very good […]

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Beyond dorks & wimps: Graphic novel hybrids after Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries

Posted in kids on July 6, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being responsible for stocking the sections for “Kids Books to Go” at the Library District, it’s the perennial popularity of comic book heroes and their antics. “Kids Books to Go” is a bookstore-style display of multiple copies of high interest titles. Since its launch, year […]

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Dance like You’ve Got Ants in Your Pants: Q&A with Eric Herman

Posted in kids, News on June 29, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge We’re ready for comedy, creativity, audience participation, and outrageously amusing songs this summer. And we hope you are too! Eric Herman performs his cool tunes at our libraries, July 17–21. I reached out to Eric with a few questions and learned a bit about how Siri, poets, and kids influence his music. I […]

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Bubbling beakers: Q&A with Kelli Crawford of Mobius Science Center

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 21, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Erin Dodge In my experience, if you tell kids that they get to go see a science show, the response might be worthy of a shoulder shrug (not true for all kids, of course). I get it. The words “science show” may not be very inspiring to a lot of kids. Now, if I […]

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Enraptured by raptors: West Valley Outdoor Learning Center

Posted in Explore and Discover on June 14, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Kim Brinkmann “I had no idea this place even existed!” This phrase is commonly expressed by first-time guests of the West Valley Outdoor Learning Center. The Outdoor Learning Center is tucked back in a corner on the grounds of Pasadena Park Elementary School, hidden among the towering cottonwoods, cedars, and aspens. It is easily […]

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Touch-a-Bus Storytime

Posted in kids, News on June 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

What happens when the bus driver says, “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!”? Will the driver ever let the pigeon drive the bus? Find out as an actual bus driver reads this humorous story by Mo Willems and other entertaining bus stories. We’ll shake it up with some fingerplays and movement activities. Then you […]

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KERNEL at the Fairwood Farmers’ Market: making nutrition and exercise fun and delicious

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers on June 6, 2017 at 6:00 am

By Rachel Edmondson My family loves to go to farmers’ markets. We love fresh, local produce, and we find it’s even more appealing when you are face to face with the people who grew it. Of course, farmers’ markets have a lot more than just produce—artisan foods, fresh meat, crafts, and brews—something for everyone. Last […]

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Summer Storytimes: mash-ups, meals, and parks

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on June 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

STORYTIME MASH-UPS This summer we’re taking a few weeks to combine Storytimes with extra special topics. In June, Building is the theme to complement our Build a Better World Summer Reading programs. During these Storytimes, we’ll explore building activities after listening to a building-related stories. In July, the mash-up is STEM, which stan […]

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Online Summer Reading: tackle challenges, get badges, & earn your reading certificate

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on June 1, 2017 at 6:00 am

During summer break, the most important thing for kids is to keep reading, so they can start strong at school in the fall. Summer learning loss occurs when students take a prolonged break from school and lose the knowledge and skills they had at the start of summer, so that when they start back to […]

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