Are you feeling a little claustrophobic these days? Kids are home from school, many parents are home from work, and life as we know it has suddenly and dramatically changed.

Click HERE for a comprehensive list of free virtual opportunities collected by the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) that should help. The list includes everything from virtual tours to online story times.  We can get through this together (but apart)!

Image result for summer readingIt’s not too late to fit in more summer reading!  The Horn Book, a trusted publication about children’s literature, puts out recommendations every year, and this year’s list is full of their favorites published in 2016 and 2017.  Check out the lists (divided by reading levels) here, then print them out and bring them with you to the library!

 

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Cover image for Hidden figures :Have you seen the Oscar-winning movie Hidden Figures?  Did you know there’s a book that you can share with your kids? There’s a Young Readers’ edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures : the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space.  The library also has the audio book version.  Check them out today!

 

Kids love being read to, so when they’re ready to begin reading on their own, it’s fun to read together.

Mary Ann Hoberman has picture books called You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You. Her books use traditional reading teaching techniques (imagery, rhyme, short sentences, and repetition) to encourage young children to read along with an adult while improving their reading skills. Hoberman’s books are clear, color-coded and include short stories, short Mother Goose tales, and short Fables.

National Geographic Kids also has a collection of non-fiction Easy Reader books that follow the same shared reading format. They are called You Read, I Read and include Farm Animals by Joanne Mattern, and Plants by Kathryn Williams. These books offer bright, gorgeous photos that delight readers each time the page is turned and bold text.  Come on in to the library and see what else we have to offer for your beginning reader!

Starling Word Pedometer helps parents embrace their role as their child’s first teacher by keeping track of the number of words they say to their child throughout the day.  Similar to how a FitBit keeps track of the number of steps that a person takes throughout the day.Why is this important?  Babies learn language by hearing it. The more they hear, the faster their brains get.
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Peek-a-Boo for babies, and hide and seek for older children, are both healthy forms of play. While fun, they also teach some important cognitive skills. Peek-a-Boo makes babies laugh, but also teaches them an important concept of object permanence; that things can still exist even though they might not be able to see them. While searching for objects or people, children develop problem-solving skills as the try to figure out the best place to hide or to find the object. This much loved game can also teach them the concept of volume as they try to fit into that perfect small hiding place. It also gives them an opportunity to develop their social skills: as they play with others they learn about taking turns, resolving conflicts and about teamwork. Hide and Seek will help improve their balance, agility and coordination. Wow, who could have imagined this much learning could be this much fun! Olly Olly Oxen free!!

This year’s Livingston Reads book pick is the 1974 classic thriller Jaws. We have created some fun and educational programs for families to enjoy!

Shark Jewelry! – Ages 9 & Up Mother-Daughter / Father-Son /Family Craft

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 to 8:00pm, Pre-registration is required, Space is limited.

Tonight as part of our 2017 Livingston Reads program series, we’ll be creating shark teeth jewelry, perfect for both men and women, boys and girls, ages 9 and older. Limit of 20 participants. Register online beginning Wednesday, March 29 or by calling 810-229-6571 x227.

Sharks, the Ocean & You – Thursday, April 13th, 6:30-8:00, Free, all ages, Pre-registration required.

Kim Parker from Aquatic Adventures will share her experiences with these incredible creatures of the deep. Despite their terrifying reputation, sharks play an important part in their ocean environment. Come learn about the ocean, sharks and how scuba diving can give you a chance to share their world. Register online beginning Thursday, March 30th or by calling 810-229-6571 x227.

Aquariums 101 – Wednesday, April 19, 6:30-8:00pm, Free, All Ages, Pre-registration is required.

The library fish tank is so popular that perhaps you’ve thought about fish as pets. Come explore the world of keeping fish as Barby Newton of Fish Doctors will explain everything you need to know. Explore different kinds of fish (even little sharks for your tank), freshwater vs saltwater, how to start and maintain an aquarium and even find out if fish can walk! Register online beginning Wednesday, April 5th or by calling 810-229-6571 x227.

DINO-SHARKS! Presented by The University of Michigan Natural History Museum – Family Program

Saturday, April 29th, 1:00-3:00, Space is limited. Tickets available at 12:30pm.

Explore the world of prehistoric sharks, find out why sharks are called the ‘garbage can of the sea’,  touch jaws from different sharks, huge fossilized teeth and take a smaller shark tooth home with you! You may even see and touch a dissection of a shark specimen! Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register online beginning Saturday, April 15th or by calling 810-229-6571 x227.

COME JOIN THE FUN!

 WOLF HOLLOW by Lauren WolkEvil comes to rural Pennsylvania in an unlikely guise in this novel of the American homefront during World War II.

Twelve-year-old Annabelle’s coming-of-age begins when newcomer Betty Glengarry, newly arrived from the city to stay with her grandparents “because she was incorrigible,” shakes her down for spare change in Wolf Hollow on the way to school. Betty’s crimes quickly escalate into shocking violence, but the adults won’t believe the sweet-looking blonde girl could be responsible and settle their suspicions on Toby, an unkempt World War I veteran who stalks the hills carrying not one, but three guns. Annabelle’s strategies for managing a situation she can’t fully understand are thoroughly, believably childlike, as is her single-minded faith in Betty’s guilt and Toby’s innocence. But her childlike faith implicates her in a dark and dangerous mystery that propels her into the adult world of moral gray spaces. Wolk builds her story deliberately through Annabelle’s past-tense narration in language that makes no compromises but is yet perfectly simple: “Back then, I didn’t know a word to describe Betty properly or what to call the thing that set her apart from the other children in that school.” She realizes her setting with gorgeous immediacy, introducing the culture of this all-white world of hollows, hills, and neighbors with confidence and cleareyed affection.Image result for newbery honor medal

Trusting its readers implicitly with its moral complexity, Wolk’s novel stuns. (Historical fiction. 9-13)

Kirkus Review https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/lauren-wolk/wolf-hollow/

 

The library recently had a fun program called Book Ninjas.  Kids ages 6-9 joined Miss Laurie for a reading of Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez.  Then they had a fun tae kwon do demonstration by Dennis Kane and students of PKSA Karate Brighton.  Visit the Book Ninjas site for more martial arts and reading fun!  To see more photos from the library event, click here.