Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Gender identity

Transgender spelled out on cubes

By Children’s Librarian Hal Patnott It’s Transgender Awareness Week, an annual event dedicated to educating our communities about the lives of transgender people. Transgender Awareness Week is celebrated every year during the week leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20), a day set aside to recognize each life lost during the year to … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Fun with sounds

Miss Shelley reading a book

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Miss Jenny and I both love building fun sounds into our storytimes and our videos. Sounds, especially unexpected ones, get and keep everyone’s interest and attention. Will your preschooler understand you if you give them directions using inflections and gestures but only mooing? Yes, probably! And they might even focus … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Math

Mr. Luis and Honor

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Math. Did you just shudder? Or grin? Most people have a strong reaction to math, one way or the other.  When I was growing up, one of my absolute must see shows was Square One TV on PBS. I was definitely a book person over a math person, but I … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Sing, sing a song

Miss Jenny and Ruthie the Camel

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Mr. Andy, one of our past librarians, always used to tell caregivers that he could remember the words to “Sweet Caroline” much better than he could remember how to use and program his remote control. Does that feel familiar? Things set to song are easier to remember! If you have … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Physical & human geography

Toy person on a map

By Children’s Librarian Genevieve Grove I have always loved looking at maps and studying about other countries and cultures my whole life. Could it be because my last name was Atlas? While I didn’t become a geographer, I still thinks it’s fascinating! Geography has two main branches:  Physical geography studies the Earth itself: landforms, oceans, … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Serious learning

Miss Jenny and Ruthie with drawing

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” That’s a quote from Fred Rogers, and one that we at the library take very seriously. Every time we update our department play spaces, we consider various different kinds … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Code, create, design, play & learn digitally

Pixel alien on wall

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr Learn about new tech information in a safe manner with digital titles available in your digital library, create-on-your-own websites, and tech news sources for kids! Check out these digital titles The Fake News Phenomenon by Duchess Harris Snap It! Snapchat Projects for the Real World by Carolyn Bernhardt The Robot … Read more

Virtual learning & fun for early learners: Celebrate Halloween & Dia de Muertos with your library

Miss Nora with a sugar skull

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris This weekend is bursting with holidays to celebrate! Saturday’s Halloween is followed by Sunday’s Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead, and your public library is ready. We’re offering two Halloween dance party storytimes, one at 10 am for all ages and a Supported one at 11 am for kids … Read more

Virtual learning for early learners: Explore a world of words

Mr. Dean working on Bones Discovery Kit

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Greetings and salutations! Jenny and I have been having fun sharing words this week, from words about apples to what we can find around our homes. Words are everywhere! Explore words together with these videos, activities, books, and more. Watch these videos Miss Jenny has a book called Be Kind, … Read more

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