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We have a fun-filled Summer Reading Program planned for you starting June 1st!
“Every Hero Has a Story!” is the 2015 theme for kids. “Unmask!” is the teen theme. Youth of all ages can sign up for the Summer Reading Program from June 1st- August 1st at either location. Summer Reading has many proven benefits. It’s a chance for kids to read for enjoyment, maintain reading and comprehension skills while out of school, and participate in free library activities and events that support learning and family fun.
Children from birth to 18 years choose to read (or be read to) and determine their own reading goal. Beginning July 14 participants can claim prizes including a free reward book, and Blazers Game and Oaks Park discounts.
We now have copies of our SRP schedule at the library, so pick one up next time you’re in (or follow the links below). We’ll post more detailed info soon. We can’t wait to see you at the library this summer!
Cedar Mill Main: CML 2015 SR schedule
Bethany: CMLB 2015 SR schedule
Here’s a preview of some the events and activities we will offer:
- Regular storytimes for babies, ones, and families
- Block Party: build and play for ages 3 to 8
- Lego Free Play ages 5 and up
- Pokémon Party ages 6 to 10
- Special performances from groups like Border Collie International K=9 Team, Komedy 4 da Kidz with Angel Ocasio, Music Making Mayhem with Mo Phillips, and Professional Zania with Alex Zerbe
- THPRD Nature Mobile ages 5 and up
- Friday Frolics with drop-in craft activities
- Teen Movie Night and Game Fest for ages 11 and up
Where do socks go when they fail to show? If the lost sock could talk would it tell us where it walked? Why do they get lost by themselves, never in pairs? Why is the lost sock always from the pair you wanted to wear? Why, oh why, do socks like to strike out on their own? May 9 is National Lost Sock Memorial Day! Remember favorite missing footwear and read some stories about socks. –Ginny W.
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting When Duck loses his pair of brand new blue socks he asks Mr. Fox and Mr. Ox and his friends the Peacocks if they have seen them. Then Duck makes a happy discovery.
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth Dancing ducks and decorated socks meet once a week for a wild sock hop. And when the dance ends and the socks are worn out? Make a visit to the Duck Sock Shop to get ready for the next sock hop.
Dirty Joe, the Pirate: a True Story by Bill Harley Dirty Joe is a sock-stealing scallywag who meets his match, Stinky Annie. She and her crew like to steal underpants. When they meet on the high seas, the battle is on for undergarments until Joe and Annie recognize each other from somewhere!
Where’s My Sock? by Joyce Dunbar Pippin is missing his yellow sock with clocks and Tog offers to help him look. They embark on a “serious sock hunt” with a funny result.
A Pair of Socks by Stuart J. Murphy A lonely sock is looking for its’ mate and searches the house trying to find it. With some help from a puppy things are put right. A perfect title to introduce the concept of matching to preschoolers.
New Socks by Bob Shea The first picture book by the talented Bob Shea. Chicken gets a new pair of orange socks which change his world. Be sure and take a peek at the funny film clip of those orange socks on Bob Shea’s website.
While most parents would like to to be described as open and communicative by their kids, busy days and full schedules can twist our lines of communication. This makes talking to our kids problematic.
In How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, the authors’ personal, sincere approach gives parents strategies for listening and talking to their kids during trying situations. Their advice and information is clear and easy to understand. They cover many scenarios using “real-life situations to show how you can respect and respond to your child’s feelings and satisfy your own needs.” – Wendy
Instead of Punishment…
Express your feelings strongly – without attacking character.
“I’m furious that my new saw was left outside to rust in the rain!”
State your expectations.
“I expect my tools to be returned after they’ve been borrowed.”
Show the child how to make amends.
“What this saw needs now is a little steel wool and a lot of elbow grease”
Offer a choice.
“You can borrow my tools and return them or you can give up the privilege of using them. You decide.”
Child: “Why is the toolbox locked?”
Father: “You tell me why.”
“What can we work out so that you can use my tools when you need them, and so that I’ll be sure they’re there when I need them?”
“If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” -Rachel Carson
Celebrate Earth Day by getting outside, learning about plants, animals and the environment, and by sharing some good books with the young children in your life. Here are some titles that encourage environmental protection, a love of nature, and an appreciation of wild animals and plants. Enjoy!
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
In this classic environmental tale, the Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.
The Earth and I by Frank Asch
A child explains how he and the Earth dance and sing together and take turns listening to each other.
Sun is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch
Celebrates a child’s love of the sun and the wondrous ways in which it helps the earth and the life upon it.
The Other Way to Listen by Byrd Baylor
If you have the time, you might just be able to hear wildflower seeds burst open or a cactus bloom in the dark. You just have to listen.
The Secret Place by Eve Bunting
A young boy finds a patch of wilderness in the city.
Emeraldalicious by Victoria Kann
Recycling magic turns a garbage-filled park into a “greentastic” garden.
Little Lions by Jim Arnosky (see other titles by this author)
On a rocky ledge, two baby mountain lions play and purr and meow under the protection of their mother.
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming (and others)
Enjoy seeing the tiny creatures who live in the grass through a toddler’s point of view.
Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler
Miss Maple gathers lost seeds and takes care of them until they are ready to be released out into the world.
It’s Earth Day Little Critter by Mercer Mayer: Join Little Critter as he celebrates Earth Day.
Easy Non-fiction for Young Children
Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor
Retells the story of Rachel Carson, a pioneering environmentalist who wrote and published “Silent Spring,” the revolutionary book pointing out the dangerous effects of chemicals on the living world.
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter
This book traces the life and career of Jane Goodall as a watcher of English fauna to her adult work as scholar of animal behavior in Africa.
Cactus Hotel by Brenda Guiberson
Describes the life cycle of the giant saguaro cactus, with an emphasis on its role as a home for other desert dwellers.
Rainforest by Helen Cowcher (and others)
From the tapirs roaming its cool floor to the Blue Morpho butterflies fluttering in its canopy, the rain forest is a peaceful place until man’s machines endanger its existence.
(Book descriptions from WCCLS Catalog).
Be a Nature Detective –ideas for young children from No Time for Flashcards Blog
50 Simple Outdoor Activities from No Time for Flashcards Blog
Going Green at Home: Get Your Child Involved from NAEYC for Families