Monday, April 20, 2015

Some titles for Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22. Here are a few books to celebrate Earth Day and maybe stimulate some discussion.

It's Earth Day!  by Mercer Mayer.
 Little Critter is on a mission! After a field trip to the recycling center and watching a film about climate changes at school, Little Critter decides to do his part. He's going to reduce, reuse, and recycle. He's going to stop wasting water and energy. And he's going to build a climate control machine.

OR maybe you have a Fancy Nancy fan in your house. If so, check out Every day is Earth Day by Jane O'Connor  
 After learning about conservation at school, Nancy tells her dad that he needs to take shorter showers: "Get clean, but stay green!" When she ramps up the eco-enforcement,  minor mishaps result. 

Lola Going Green by Christine Pakkala
Lola is tired of being last - which happens a lot when your surname starts with "z". So she wants to win the recycling prize with a project that will save the planet. She comes up with something that can be done right in the classroom ~ something that will make a difference and has to do with slimy spinach. And runaway worms.

If you're looking for something to do that will make a difference, try "going green" at home. 
Green Clean by Linda Mason Hunter & Mikki Halpin offers chemical-free strategies for cleaning ~ with room-by-room chapters on how to clean every place from under the kitchen sink to the shower curtains. The authors include recipes for safe, simple, and economic cleaning solutions plus their thoughts on the best eco-friendly cleaning products on the market today. The book's even published in a waterproof and stain-resistant format for those who would want to keep a copy in a bucket with cleaning supplies without ruining it. And, the writers say, at the end of its life the book can be recycled. Just not the library's copy

Energy island : how one community harnessed the wind and changed their world by Allan Drummond is a true story about the small Danish island of Samsø. It became energy independent by shifting completely from fossil fuels to wind power and other renewable sources. The leader of this movement was a teacher who started his campaign by asking his student to "Imagine if we really could make enough energy from the sun, and our crops, and even our own legs, to power up the whole island!" It's a wonderful story, accompanied by factual sidebars that explain terms and make it an ideal book for older kids to read with younger children.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Helping Early Readers

Tuesday morning Story Hour is great - but wouldn't it be wonderful if you could have a "story hour" every day of the week?

Now you can - through the NY State Library's "Ready to Read" initiative. All you need is a computer - or you could even use the public access computer down at the library. All you need to do is click on the purple button over at the right (it looks like this)

OR, if you're not on our blog, type in "" into your browser and it will take you right  to the website. Day by Day is a "literacy calendar" designed to help young children develop a love for books and learning that will last a lifetime. It uses multimedia to enhance books, songs, and family health and bring these components to life. 
 It's called a calendar because each day there's something different. When you visit the site you'll find a story (provided by One More Story)  - an e-book that includes original music and sound effects, produced by former Sesame Street Music Director, Robby Merkin. The cool thing: you don’t need an ebook reader – you can just click on it and read along on a computer.
There's also an activity or two - storytelling, rhymes for young children, a short nature video - and an "explore more" section that includes age-appropriate craft activities.