Kids Blog: 1St Through 3Rd Grade
Earth Day is coming up on Monday, April 22. I do my very best to be kind to the planet- from drinking water out of a reuseable bottle to taking my own bags when I go shopping. I am always looking for new practices to be even more green. The library has so many books on conservation that I should definitely find more ways to recycle, reduce, and reuse (of course, borrowing books from the library is recycling at its best.)
Celebrate Earth Day by checking out some of this useful guides for bring green!
Also there will be a couple of activities that you and your family can attend to celebrate the day.
Earth Day at River Legacy
April 20, 10am-2pm
Earth Day Family Storytime at the Central Library - Children's Area
April 22, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Did you know our library subscribes to the World Book Web Public Library Edition? The World Book Web has been ranked the number one reference site for schools and libraries by the Complete K-12 Report.
The World Book Web includes:
- World Book Online for Kids—the premier general reference Web site developed especially for younger users.
- World Book Online Info Finder—includes all articles from the 22-volume World Book Encyclopedia, plus thousands of additional articles and more than 20,000 pictures, maps, videos, and sounds.
- World Book Discover—designed for students reading below grade level, this site includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, research and translation tools, and multimedia.
- Living Green Digital Library—an online, interactive site that examines pollutions causes and consequences and offers tips on green practices at home.
- Early Peoples Digital Library—an online, interactive site that examines the history and cultures of ancient cultures.
- Inventions and Discoveries Digital Library—an online, interactive site that examines inventions and discoveries throughout history.
- Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos—the optimal beginner’s Spanish language reference site.
We also have available from World Book:
- Social Studies Power—Richly varied lessons presented with instructive multimedia to provide a well-rounded learning experience for upper elementary students.
- Science Power—Engaging and visually rich multimedia lessons that teach on-level and differentiated lesson content.
- Early World of Learning—A wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes.
Our World Book subscription allows us to give you and your family access to this valuable reference source at your home computers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. We are providing this service to you at no charge! (We are paying the full subscription fee, which is a $49.95 value for each of our patrons.)
We hope that you and your children will use the World Book Web often, and that it helps facilitate learning in your household.
One of my favorite traditions during this time of year is reading The Night Before Christmas with my family. The history of this famous poem is really interesting. According to information I found in Britannica Public Library edition database available through the library, the original poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, was originally published anonymously in the Troy, New York Sentinel on December 23, 1823. It was only after it had been printed for several years that Clement Clarke Moore acknowledged his authorship of the poem. As the legend goes, Clement Clarke Moore, who at the time was a scholar and professor, was inspired during a shopping trip on a snowy winter’s day to write this poem for his children. Over the years, people have written their own versions of The Night Before Christmas including these books available at the library.
The holidays are almost upon us and I thought I would share some of my favorite holiday traditions!
Spending time with family and friends while drinking eggnog and hot apple cider!.Getting warm by a fireplace while watching It's a Wonderful Life and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer! Getting up early Christmas morning to check my stocking and see what Santa has left for me under the tree!
Here are a variety of holiday books that are always fun to read around this time of year!
Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan begins with a fight. Not a physical fight, a verbal one. William and Elinor's father sometimes leaves the house for several days, but this time is different. Right after their father leaves, their mother decides she wants a dog and Elinor insists on a cat to round out the trip. Something their father would not condone. William, Elinor and their mother drive to the local pet shelter, where only four dogs are available. And she decides to take them all. All four dogs. And one cat for Elinor to dress up.
The story follows the four dogs and their strained family to determine whether or not they can be made whole again. And maybe find a little magic along the way.
This tale of a family straining to not fall apart, finding love and magic amongst a pet loving household is heartwarming. If you are looking for a lighter take on family struggles (with some adorable, possibly magical dogs), this is what you have been waiting for. The end brought a smile to my face.
Check out these other upcoming Texas Bluebonnet Reading List titles:
Thanksgiving is a couple of weeks away but I am already thinking of this wonderful day. One of the reasons is this a special time for my family to get together to tell stories, laugh and just take time to be with each other. The other is because my dad makes so many yummy dishes for the day. He loves to cook and each year he starts several days before the holiday to prepare the meal. I now enjoy making my own delicious side dish of sweet potatoe cassarole to bring to the family feast. I encourage you check out one of the tantalizing cookbooks the lIbrary has to offer. That way you can help your family make scrumptious goodies for this special day.
What do you think about when you think about Fall? Here is what I think about:
Crunchy leaves blowing in a crisp, cool wind.
Jack o' lanterns on porches, watching with their crooked smiles and flickering eyes.
Cloudy days that feel just right for hot cocoa and spooky stories!
Are you ready for Fall? I sure am! I am putting myself in a Fall mood by reading some of my favorite spooky and silly picture books.
National Grandparent’s day is this Sunday, Septmber 9. I found out that former President Jimmy Carter first declared Grandparents Day a national holiday in 1978. I think it is a great day to celebrate because I had the best grandparents ever! (I might be a bit biased.)
I have so many wonderful memories of spending weekends and long summers at my grandparent’s house in the country. I remember playing boardgames with my grandma or riding with my grandpa on his tractor. The times we were together were very special, from car trips to Missouri and Colorado to just sitting on the porch swing reading a book. They gave me love, support and guidance that I hold in my heart to this day.
So no matter what you call them (grandad, granny, nana, or papa) take some time to visit and possibly read with your grandparents.
Here are just some of my favorite books about those special and important members of the family:
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