I don't care if you are a kid, teen or adult - it feels great to be able to do some impressive tricks for your family and friends at the next backyard barbecue, like blowing a bubble within a bubble or slicing an unpeeled banana. If you want to move beyond mere parlor tricks, you can learn how to identify clouds, ride a boogie board or fold fortune cookies thanks to the super-easy directions in Show Off: How to Do Absolutely Everything One Step at a Time, by Sarah Hines Stephens and Bethany Mann.
What makes "Show Off" a fantastic book are the step-by-step picture directions. Since I am a graphic learner, this makes it so much easier for me than trying to decipher a page of text describing how to fold a ninja star. The ingredient lists tend to be very slight, which is a bonus for parents. If you want to learn more about an activity, several of them have longer descriptions in the back under "tell me more." The 224 activities are grouped under the categories of "amaze," "investigate," "create," "explore," "cook," and "move." Most of these are easy to do by yourself if you're at least 10 years old, while others will require adult help.
Arthur Penhaligon, star of Garth Nix's Mister Monday, thinks he's a normal 7th grader who has enough problems to deal with, like starting a brand new school and controlling his asthma. After the first day of school, though, his life gets a lot weirder. During a serious asthma attack, while he's gasping for breath on the ground, he sees a strange man in a wheelchair appear in blinding light with an attendant. He thrusts a "blade" into Arthur's hands and mutters some strange things about a Will, the Key, and suitable Heir. Although it makes no sense to him at the time, Arthur has just been given an instrument of power called the Key and named the Heir to the Will by Mister Monday. Arthur's life will never be the same.
Summer is almost here! Sure, that means warm weather, time at the pool and/or beach, and time spent outside with friends, but it also means that it’s time for our annual Summer Reading program! This year's theme is Reading Takes You Everywhere. When reading a book, you might travel to outer space, under the sea, or the rainforest! Sign up for the Summer Reading program and you can earn prizes based on what you read. But, that’s not all! You can also complete Summer Reading Missions, and, YES! there are ones designed for preschoolers. You can also enter to win raffle prizes with the minutes you read. Even better, coming to our Grow a Reader classes counts towards your minutes read!
National Get Outdoors Day (or GO Day) encourages healthy, active outdoor fun. On Saturday, June 9, participate in traditional outdoor activities, such as hiking, to non-traditional outdoor activities, such as reading your favorite book about nature or even having an outdoor, nature-related storytime!
"Long, long ago, when the earth was set down and the sky was lifted up, all folktales were owned by the Sky God."
So begins an Ashanti tale, Anansi Does the Impossible!, retold by Verna Aardema. Anansi the Spider and his clever wife, Aso, use their wits to buy the folk tales for the Ashanti people. Verna Aardema spent much of her life retelling these folktales.
A bright young girl runs through the chaos of demolished streets. Plumes of black smoke rise from the rubbled buildings. No one else is in sight. Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) is a life lesson that everyone should receive: always take responsibility for your actions, particularly when they involve a ginormous hulking robot with the power to crush cars and shoot lasers every which way.
Usually, when my school science projects went wrong, it was more of a mild disappointment than anything else. My baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano did not erupt. I received a C- instead of a B+. These are minor hiccups when compared to our main character’s situation. Oh No! allows us to think about our own mistakes and say, “Well, it could have been worse…much, much worse.”
Central Rappahannock Regional Library is excited to begin offering a new early literacy class specially developed for children and youth of all ages who are on the autism spectrum or differently abled. Presented at a preschool level of development, Sensory Time has the same early literacy elements as all the classes in our Grow a Reader initiative: stories, songs, and activities that allow children to develop the skills and practices they need to become ready to read.
There are a lot of stories out there: boy wizards, girl detectives, wimpy kids, and underpantsed captains. Despite the many possibilities and numerous titles to read, there may be that ever-lurking fear that there is not a story out there for you. In this is the case, you might want to avoid a panic attack by taking a note from Dr. Cuthbert Soup, head of the National Center for Unsolicited Advice.
Grab your spurs and journey to the Wild West with the ScienceTellers on an action-packed adventure to foil a great bank robbery. Runaway trains, escapes from abandoned mines, and a mysterious piano are all part of this rollicking combination of storytelling and science. Volunteers from the audience will help explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, combustion, air pressure, inertia, and more. You won’t want to miss this interactive, hilarious, and educational show! Grades K-6.
Sign up starting May 1 by visiting the library or calling the Children’s Desk at your preferred branch.