Make a joyous noise! You’ll be doing your baby’s brain good. Of course, singing is also fun! Songs make language accessible and memorable for young children. (See our last SINGING post about using new words in old tunes, particularly when trying to get children to do a task.)
If you’ve somehow missed it, here’s your reminder to check out our virtual storytimes! It’s been hard not being able to see our favorite smiling faces every week, but we’re trying to keep your kiddos engaged with some online entertainment instead. If you’re a storytime regular, you’ll find a lot of familiar content along with familiar faces. If you haven’t been to storytime before, welcome! Now’s the time to check it out! There is a version of each regularly scheduled storytime updated every week.
Spring has been teasing us for quite some time now, but one of these days it will stick! It’s on us to create entertainment for our kids these days, so how about taking your family outside for some good old-fashioned backyard fun? These games may not look like traditional “literacy,” but chances are there are at least directions to follow, some fun conversation, and score-keeping going on (all of which… shhh... support literacy skills!).
This school year isn’t ending the way we all hoped it would, but it will end soon enough. Do you already know what you want to do when you leave high school? Whether you do or don’t, you can check out these free online college courses to get a feel for what to expect in college and find out what path you’d like to take!
Browse free online courses in a variety of subjects. Harvard University has made these courses available. https://www.edx.org/school/harvardx
In this regular series of posts, Jimmy Pires gives you the latest information on both online and console-based games!
What We're Playing, May 5, 2020
You wake up in an unfamiliar place. You look around. The only thing you see is a faint light illuminating the stone wall, given off by a half burnt candle.
Have a conversation with your child today. Boy, that sounds easy… maybe? Talking at or to someone isn’t the same as talking with someone. Obviously young children aren’t the best conversationalists, but in order for them to learn how a conversation works (back and forth interaction), and to hear more words in and about their environment, you need to talk with them.
Snuggling together for a family movie is a great way to spend some of these rainy days! We like to occasionally host Family Movies at the library, but you can do it at home too. You probably already have a streaming service – or at least a few favorite DVDs – to choose from, but did you know you can find movies on Hoopla too? Check out our downloads page to get the Hoopla app and start browsing!
Here are some fun ideas for enjoying movie night with your family.
Still waiting for that OverDrive hold to be ready for you? Are you looking for a book that you can start reading right now? It's time to give Hoopla a try!
This month we’re introducing you to Margaret Peterson Haddix. Ms. Haddix’s work features adventure and mystery, creating riveting, suspenseful stories for older elementary and middle school readers that you won’t want to put down.