Kids Blog

In Search of Ancient Humans

She’s only four feet tall and 110 pounds, but little “Ardi” is causing a sensation among paleoanthropologists. Earlier this month, after fifteen years of research, scientists reported that they had identified Ardi’s skeleton as the oldest hominid known to modern humans. Ardipithecus ramidus, as she is formally known, lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. She’s remarkable not just for her age, but for what she tells us about human evolution. Scientists are re-arranging the human family tree in light of this new research.

          Up until Ardi’s discovery, Lucy was the most famous hominid skeleton, and she is still important to an understanding of human evolution. Catherine Thimmesh tells her story for readers ten and up in her new book, “Lucy Long Ago, Uncovering the Mystery of Where We Came From.”
 

New Booklist: Imaginations Run Wild!

Let your own imagination run wild with these books from our newest booklist.

Pick your favorite pumpkin @ Salem Church Library!

Come vote for your favorite of the 3 pumpkins that library staff members decorated. There's "Some Pig," a tie in with Charlotte's Web, a Day of the Dead jack-o-lantern, and a howdy partner cowboy pumpkin. This is just one of the many fun things you can do @ your local library.

Write On!

This month, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution declaring October 20th to be the National Day on Writing. The National Writing Day Project is sponsored by NCTE--National Council of Teachers of English. Check out their site for the National Gallery of Writing where you can submit stories, poems, recipes, emails, blogs, audio, video, and artwork. The gallery will open to the world on October 20 so now is the time to get going. The site features an online tutorial to aid you when making your submissions.

Halloween Fun

Halloween is October 31, 2009. We have scared up some great articles and booklists for you to learn more about this spooky holiday.

Halloween Fun
Get ready for some spooky good times! We found lots of games to play, stories to share, crafts and recipes beyond compare.

Halloween History
Did you know that Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays? It has gone through many changes, but was originally a Celtic festival called Samhain (pronounced sow-in), marking the end of harvest and the beginning of the new year (November 1st).

Spooky Stories
Ghoulish, ghastly and deliciously fun books for all ages!

October Author of the Month: R.L. Stine

Get the creepy crawlies with R. L. Stine. He's a master of conjuring things that go bump in the dark. Imagine you've just moved to the town of Dark Falls where you don't know anybody.

All Fun: Squirrels Just Want to Have Fun

If you've got trees, you've probably got squirrels. Whether gray or black or red or white, all squirrels act pretty much the same. However, there are other animals which are close kin to squirrels which are a little shyer of people. Chipmunks and prairie dogs are cousins.

Did you know:

  • Baby squirrels are called kittens?
  • Some of the noises squirrels use to talk to each other can't be heard by humans?

Read the rest of the All Fun article here!

Our Apple Harvest Makes for Two Splendid Seasons

Whether they're Galas, Granny Smiths, Yorks, Winesaps, or Ginger Golds, apples are one of Virginia's loveliest and most useful crops and were much enjoyed by the early colonists and pioneers as well as today's families. Crisp, sweet apples-- harvested in the chilly days of October, can be part of your celebrations in November and December. Click here to learn more about local apple festivals, apple recipes, apple crafts, and apple books for young readers.

Pinky Dinky Doo: Beginning Reading Heroine to the Rescue

Pinky Dinky Doo is full of spunk and has lots of adventures in her own beginning reading series. The books have vibrant artwork and zany text that especially appeals to the pre-reader and beginning reading set. Pinky also has her own show on Noggin.

To get a taste of what Pinky is all about, go to her awesome Web site. There you can play Pinky games, watch more than a dozen videos, and even listen to her audio podcast.

The Ruins of Gorlan: The Start of a Must-Read Series

Will is small for his age and can climb a tree quicker and higher than any of his Ward mates. He hopes to be accepted into Battleschool on Choosing Day so he can become a hero like his father, whom Will never knew. Will is an orphan, left on the steps of Castle Redmont's ward, and Choosing Day is the opportunity each ward has to be apprenticed to a master craftsman.