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As much as I love you guys, I’m taking some downtime beginning this week.beach I’ll be back the week of July 19th. šŸ™‚

Reading logs continue as usual. Any of the librarians can help you any day of the week.

Schedule changes for that time period include:

ALL Wednesday morning programs will continue, 10:30 a.m.

  • June 24 in Cole Park
  • July 1 in the Old Museum
  • July 8 in Cole Park
  • July 15 in Cole Park
  • July 22 Theatre Production at Boys & Girls Club

Thursday morning programs are CANCELLED. They will resume July 16 at 10:15 a.m. in the library.

Miss me terribly? Then check out my older posts; they go all the way back to September! Just scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “previous.”

Remember, it’s summer. Have fun with your kids!


E.Coli has been found in Nestle’s Toll House refrigerated cookie dough. Don’t handle it; don’t eat it raw. Toss it or return it to your grocer for a refund.

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See for yourself: Adam@Home.

Do your kids have any idea why this is funny? My kids love talking about “old stuff” from when “I was a kid.”

Remember, conversation is good! It builds connections with your kids and as an added bonus:Ā  It builds vocabulary and other language skills.



Ever been to someone’sĀ  home to visit–and the TV stayed on the whole time, TV pinkeven though no one was watching it?

I’ve always found it immensely annoying and distracting personally and often ask for it to be turned off.

Now research shows that having the TV on reduces conversations between adults and children–even if no one is watching it. Just having it ON!

And anything that reduces conversations between children and adults hinders language development. And lagging language development wreaks havoc on the ability to learn to read later.

Read more here at the NYTimes.

Need more convincing? Here are some stats:

85% of a child’s language is developed by the time they enter school. (Gail Rasmussen, Project Read)

By the time they were 2 years old, children whose parents had a high level of speech with them had a vocabulary 5 times as high as those children whose parents had a low level of speech. (Craig Ramey; Janellen Huttenlocher; two separate studies)

Turn it OFF! šŸ™‚


Britain’s Anthony Browne is the new Children’s Laureate and whether you (and your kids) like his books or not, he’s saying some great things about the importance of picture books.

Past the telling of his encounter with a gorilla, the article by Damian Whitworth gets to the meat:

“He believes passionately that picture books are often dismissed in the scramble to push children ahead with their reading.”

Read more here.

There are so many layers to a good picture book that children can visit them again and again and again, not just at one age but throughout the years. In our rush to push them into “real” books, we, as adults, can really short-circuit this process.

Read and ponder. Then go find a good picture book to read with your child!


Kids either love ’em or hate ’em–the infamous Summer Reading List!

Here’s Joe’s take on his from One Big Happy.



Yeah, you read it right–WATER BOMBS! vimeo

This fellow, Pixelcatcher on Vimeo, shows how to take a picture of an exploding water balloon. Pretty creative, huh? Not what I usually think of doing with a water balloon but the resulting pictures are really cool.

Show this one to your older elementary kids especially. By that age, they have seen so many things like this that they probably take them for granted and never wonder HOW someone does it. What kind of thinking, problem solving, creativity did it take to dream that up and make it happen? Especially when it happens soooooo fast!

You may not have enough photo equipment around to try it at home, but we do have several new books here at the library on digital photography, some written especially for kids, and they all include how to do some cool shots like the water bomb.

Be creative!


orisinalI’ve never met a kid (or adult) that didn’t love these games. They’re fun, the graphics are top notch, and you won’t believe the music. And last I looked, there was only one involving shooting things. šŸ˜‰

So when your kid needs a break from reading and playing outdoors, check out Orisinal.



Depending on a child’s age, you just can’t change this kind of thinking. So enjoy it while it lasts! šŸ™‚

Read One Big Happy from June 2, 2009.



OK, operative word in that headline (in case you didn’t notice) is FUN!

What kind of fun? All types certainly; it’s what summer break is about (or are you too ooolllddd to remember that?). But I want to talk about fun thasummert includes reading.

Kids love summer break. AND kids get bored. And they are honest enough to admit to both.

They need and want things to do in the summer and reading is one of the best and the most fun. But many of us adults spoil it.

Yep, the kids greet vacation time and “turn off” from school mode, but we adults have a harder time. Everyone needs downtime (did you know research has shown reading to be one of the best stress reducers, right up there with meditation?). Reading needs downtime too.

Let the kids read–whatever they want, whenever they want. If they don’t want to, set up a thirty minute a day quiet time when they sit down with a book or magazine.

But THEY get to choose the what! Choice is one of the elements that makes reading happen, even for reluctant readers. Number of words read is another factor. Both those elements can easily be a part of reading during the summer.

Notice, I did not mention reading levels, improving reading, quality of the book, quizzes, or comprehension questions. Put all that aside for the summer. If they want to read Goosebumps, Babysitters Club, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, car magazines, computer magazines, gaming magazines–(you get the idea?)–let them just read!

And when you see them reading and think “ick, why are they reading that?!” just repeat your summer mantra–“Number of Words, Choice of Book.”

Want to read more? Here’s a great article by Charlotte Canelli.

Have FUN!


dad, baby

The title, “My Poor Dental Hygienist,” is goofy for an early literacy article–but the article is not! It’s chock full of terrific ideas and links especially for parents of babies through toddlers.

If you’ve ever wondered why to read to the youngest ones and how to do it, here are many of the answers.

Thanks, Joanne!


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