Saturday, February 7, 2015, is the fourth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day. This special day was the brainchild of Nadine Lipman, a children's librarian in Waterford, Connecticut, and serves as an encouragement to families across the nation to visit their local libraries.
Every child needs access to the many wonderful resources that the public library has to offer and whether your family are regular library users or visiting us for the first time, your children will enjoy a visit to your nearest branch. So take your child to the library and on February 7th, stop by the Youth Services Desk to receive a small thank-you for your visit and color and create your own story featuring Mo Willems' beloved Elephant and Piggie. Don't worry if you can't make it in, print the activity out and enjoy at home.
I know what you’re thinking, wrong holiday, but if your winter vacation time is anything like mine you will be on the open road as much as you’ll be at home. Our family will while away the traffic by listening to audiobooks. This past year I’ve started listening more regularly. It’s been a great way to increase the number of books I “read” and makes my short commute go even more quickly. Here are some of my favorite audios that promise to entrance a car full of family no matter how long the journey.
Forbidding outside temperatures aside, there are so many reasons to curl up with a great book. Readers meet a variety of fascinating characters and there’s an empathy that comes from reading about different lives and experiences that carries over to the real world. They learn new perspectives and have vicarious experiences. Personally, I have no ambition to ever sail around the world, but I love to read books about those who do. Books can also create an atmosphere that oozes from the pages and there’s just something wonderful about the lushness of great writing and the aha moment of discovering new words. Here are a few books that encompass all of these characteristics.
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Like most families, we have our favorite holiday traditions. We decorate our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving and, every year, my husband watches Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol. When I was young, my father always read C. Clement Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” to my brother and I. When my son was born, I couldn’t wait to uphold the tradition and searched for the just the right version that offered beautiful, detailed illustrations with a classic-looking Santa. I hope your family has a favorite holiday read aloud. If “The Night Before Christmas” isn’t for you here are a couple of other suggestions; of course there are many more possibilities to enjoy as well.
The holidays are a busy time, and the CRRL can help! Attend a card, wrapping paper or gift-making workshop to prepare for any celebration. It’s also a great time to connect with the community, and our holiday open houses are just the place. Want to take a moment, catch your breath and spend some quality time with your children before the big event? Join us for one of our specially themed children’s workshops. Don’t forget we also offer a wide selection of books, music, and DVDs for every winter holiday, along with books full of recipes and DIY craft and gift ideas.
My niece is a tactile learner and uses touch to explore her world. That doesn’t work so well in an art museum or when there’s an unknown sticky substance nearby, but it’s ideal for cooking! She especially enjoys stirring, whisking and manning the salad spinner. Her enthusiasm can be challenging for adults trying to “get things done” but she pitches in whenever possible. This year, engage children in the holiday cooking and they will feel proud to have part in the celebration. You can also share your family’s culinary creations with the community by using #crrlfallfood on your favorite social media sites, including Facebook and Pinterest. Here are some cookbooks to inspire and help make cooking as a family easy and fun!
If you're the caregiver for a school age child, then STEM is probably already a household word. An acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, STEM is a focused initiative in the nation's schools and ties in closely with the library's educational mission. Its origins lie with Congress’ America Competes Act, aptly named because when it comes to these subject areas, the consensus has been that our students are not prepared to do the STEM-related jobs we will need filled in the near future.
The library is an invaluable homework help resource even in the Google age. Need a tutor? We provide HelpNow which offers live online tutors in all subjects for all ages. Writing a research paper? Librarians have favorite internet search engines too, but don’t forget specialized online research tools that you can access with your library card; some even provide full-text journal articles. Studying a foreign language or getting ready for an important test? We have online resources for those homework needs too!