Hip hip hooray, September 18 is Read an E-book Day! To celebrate, we thought we would share with you a few of our recent favorite e-book titles available through the library’s digital resources, cloudLibrary and Hoopla. So, switch on your tablet, fire up your Kindle Fire, open up your app or browser, and LET’S READ![Read more…] about Celebrate Read an eBook Day!
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What is Patriot Day?
It is a reminder of both terrible and hopeful things.
It is a day we remember the attacks on the Twin Towers, World Trade Center, and Pentagon in 2001. It is a day we remember the lives lost to this tragedy. It is a day we remember the feelings of being scared and lost.
It’s also a reminder of hope. While we remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001, we do not forget them. Each year, we do our best to do better. We do our best to not live in fear, but live in hope. Hope that by banding together, we stand united as one force. Hope that by believing in kindness and goodness that we are not defeated.
It is a difficult day, but a day we still need to remember and observe. It can also be a difficult day to talk about, or even imagine.
Literature is a wonderful way to learn and understand more about different perspectives. Assembled here are some young adult novels that show different perspectives and lives changed due to September 11, 2001.
So whether you lived through it, learned from it, or are learning about it, here are some books to help us remember and to hope.[Read more…] about Young Adult Novels About Patriot Day
Summer may be winding down, but warmer temperatures will be with us for a while. So, to get your mind off the warmth and mugginess of late summer in Pennsylvania, we’ve pulled together some books set during the winter (or in a snowy climate) to help you “cool off” or at least imagine that you’re somewhere colder!
Let us know if these quick “trips” to colder temps have helped you weather the weather! (I just couldn’t stop myself with that pun.)[Read more…] about Cool Off With These Wintry Books!
Missing storytime? We are too!
Although there is absolutely no substitute for gathering together to read each week with our library friends, we have been excited to see some of our favorite celebrities and authors stepping up to share stories and activities while the world is hunkered down at home. Stories can provide comfort and can help us find joy — or even just a little distraction — when times are rough and scary. Here’s a rundown of some of the best of what’s out there![Read more…] about Online Storytime Round-up: Celebrity Edition
Do you have an energetic toddler on your hands? Or how about a restless child who just won’t sit still for storytime? No need to fret, there are books for everyone! Here is a list of our favorite books for movers and shakers, guaranteed to get you and your child up and moving along with each story![Read more…] about Books for Movers and Shakers
There are many ways to promote and encourage your child’s creativity at home. The good news is, you don’t need to call in HGTV to redesign your home to create an arts and crafts studio! Here are some ideas that can be done on a budget at the kitchen table or outside on the driveway or picnic table. Of course, if you do have the space and resources to create an art space at home go for it! Here are some aspects of learning and development that you may want to consider when gathering your art materials.[Read more…] about Arts and Crafts at Home
If your TARDIS, Time Turner, or DeLorean is in the shop, never fear! With your library card and a good book, time travel has never been easier. Here are some amazing time machines for kids you can check out for FREE at the library![Read more…] about Borrow a Time Machine for Kids From the Library
One of our most frequently asked questions is… “My child is growing tired of or has finished all of the Magic Tree House book series. What else can you recommend?”
Some of the book series that are similar to the Magic Tree House in reading level and theme include…
A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
Three friends and their assorted pets and siblings, help their local police officer solve mysteries around town.[Read more…] about Magic Tree House Read-Alikes
When your child has a loss in their life, having resources to start a conversation with them can be difficult. This can be especially trying if you are also going through a loss. Typically, speaking about loss directly, with realistic words, is best. Not using imaginary situations will help your child confront the loss. Sending a dog to the “farm” will not help the child deal with that pet’s death in a healthy manner. A child can go through the stages of grief in a natural way, and it will allow them to handle it better when they get older.
From death, to changing of a life situation, there are many books that can help you start the conversation and the healing process.
When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers
This book, written by the incomparable Fred Rogers, helps children share their feelings about the death of a pet. A reassuring book that grieving is a natural and healthy thing to do.[Read more…] about Talking to Your Child About Loss
You can work with your children to cultivate mindfulness. This is, much like any exercise, something that requires practice. The practice of mindfulness can help your child promote happiness and relieve stress. They also will gain benefits further in their life to help them in their school and work life.
You can focus on general areas when you talk to your children about it and help them do exercises in relation to those areas. Here are some areas that are great to work on with your children:[Read more…] about Cultivating Mindfulness in Children