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Can’t Sit Still? Tips to Make Reading Together More Enjoyable

Posted: September 13, 2018
By: Katy Almendinger, Early Literacy Librarian

Not every child can sit still long enough to listen to a story, and that’s OK! It’s natural to have concerns about how to raise a reader when your child can’t sit still. I have some tips to help make reading together a more enjoyable experience. Interactive and Dynamic Stories Some of my favorite stories

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The library's butterfly garden.

Growing Your Child’s Interest In Gardening

Posted: September 6, 2018
By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero Libraries and gardens are natural cousins — they both depend on collective effort; they are bedrocks of our communities; they bring people together; and they require a lot of weeding! A community garden can connect neighbors with each other through

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Christina's son gets ready to head to his first day of summer camp.

It’s Back to School Time Once Again!

Posted: August 31, 2018
By: Christina Keasler, Youth Technology Librarian

Back to school – it’s a bittersweet time! Parents breathe a silent sigh of relief as they get back into a school routine, and teachers take a breath of empowerment to get energized for the next nine months. Families and teachers alike start their routines. For some families, like mine, it’s a new experience. My

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Raising a Reader

Posted: August 23, 2018
By: Heather McCammond-Watts, Youth Department Director

Sometimes reading looks a lot like chewing. Children prepare to read long before they enter school. Early literacy is a baby who chews on a book to discover what it’s like, a toddler who begs for a favorite book to be read aloud over and over, and a preschooler who “reads” the story to you

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Musicals Adapted from Kids Books

Posted: August 16, 2018
By: Kate Easley, Youth Librarian

“This is the greatest show!” Have you seen The Greatest Showman yet? If you haven’t you are in for a treat! You will want to sing along with all the actors during this movie musical about P.T. Barnum and his circus. I had heard lots of good things about the movie, but it took me

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Fort Fun

Posted: August 9, 2018
By: Deanna Siegel, Youth Librarian

With factors such as rainy weather and the school year just around the corner, you may be looking for more activities to do inside. There is one activity that can be done all year round, with as many people as you want and with any kind of supplies you want. That activity is fort building!

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A father reads to his newborn baby.

Reading to Newborns

Posted: August 2, 2018
By: Alexa Moffat, Youth Associate

So, you just had a baby. You bring it home. Now what? Chances are that if you have a newborn right now, your old summer activities have flown out the window. Beach days on Lake Michigan or long Sunday brunches aren’t frequent activities for you anymore, but you have a sense that you should be

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Dive Into Reading

Posted: July 26, 2018
By: Cristina Bueno, Youth Associate

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” — Jacques Yves Cousteau Need some help getting started on your summer reading? Check out our new ‘Dive into Reading’ display featuring books about summertime, swimming, pirates, mermaids, and more! It’s located near the windows when you first walk in

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“Mom, I’m Bored.” How To Beat Summer Boredom

Posted: July 19, 2018
By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

Did you know that July is National Anti-Boredom Month? I had never heard of it before, but my friend and I like to text each other wishing the other Happy National (whatever day it happens to be), so I am looking these up on a regular basis. I suppose July being National Anti-Boredom Month makes

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Amy Waters reads from an old Archie comic.

A Reading Life: From Cereal Boxes to Shakespeare and Everything in Between

Posted: July 12, 2018
By: Amy Waters, School Liaison

When I was a child I was a voracious reader and I read anything and everything. The best cereals were the ones with lots to read on the back of the box. Newspapers were great places for the comics and picking up new words. Those new words would lead me to the dictionary, which fascinated

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