Get ready for a weeklong celebration of reading! The longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, Children's Book Week is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children and teens across America. From April 30 to May 6, Central Rappahannock Regional Library is excited to offer a week of events that encourage young readers.
Sometimes you want to do more than just dig in the dirt, and a targeted gardening project is an excellent way to develop green thumbs. DK’s gardening book for kids, Ready, Set, Grow! Quick and Easy Gardening Projects, offers some creative and colorful projects that won’t break the bank or send you all around town looking for obscure ingredients. Like all DK books, this one offers wonderful photographs and cheery art, making it a visual feast for the eyes as well. I loved the decorations that we can make out of foil containers, the garden buddy made out of recycled materials, and the “strawberry boot,” made from a pair of old rain boots.
We are in the midst of National Poetry Month, a great time to put a renewed focus on incorporating poetry into the reading habits of our children. Poetry is special in the way it captures imaginations with so few words, making it perfect to explore with children, who enjoy the short verses, succinct phrasing, rhythm, and rhyme that make poetry unique.
During the summer, children and teens have learned to expect an extra helping of everything CRRL typically offers. Cool events for teens, summer reading with prizes, Fun Fest events, and special events with wildlife, just to name a few. In addition to great classes and events, children and teens can also find a nutritous lunch at three of our branches, thanks to partnerships with organizations in our community.
Children are big dreamers, but it can be hard for them to sustain those dreams when faced with adversity or even just plain apathy they sometimes face. I am especially reminded of this now, during Women’s History Month, when I am reading about women throughout history who had to fight hard to achieve their goals and dreams, and thinking about how hearing these stories can inspire children today to keep pursuing their dreams. Children can see in these tenacious women examples of what is possible with hard work and dedication.
Do you find reading a little ruff?
Then come to the PAWs for Reading program that brings children and trained therapy dogs from Blue Gray Therapy Dogs together. PAWs for reading can help to foster a love of reading within children as well as giving them an opportunity to become more comfortable with reading.
Please call the branch where you are interested in attending the program to verify the dates and to sign up for your time!
To celebrate National Kite Month, starting April 1, Porter Branch will once again display a variety of fabulous kites suspended from the ceiling. The exhibition will be provided by Stafford resident, Mike Clark, a lifelong kite enthusiast. Mr. Clark has more than 1,400 kites in his collection, including single, double, and quad line kites, as well as stunt kites. He started collecting and making his own kites when he was a child. The exhibit was put together and hung by professional kite flyers Jack Wilson, Harold Ames, and Mike Phillippe from Stafford County. It is sponsored by the American Kitefliers Association and Wings Over Washington Kite Club.
Enjoy these colorful beauties and learn more about kites, how to fly them, and how to make them.
Last week I was on the edge of my seat, along with other lovers of children’s literature, as this year’s Youth Media Awards were announced by the American Library Association. I’m always thrilled when one of my favorites wins, and I rush to read the winners and honor books that I am not familiar with. These books exemplify the richness of children’s literature and are some of the best-of-the-best picture books from 2017.
Kids can help out their grown-ups in the kitchen, but they can also make wonderful dishes all by themselves—or with just a little help. Take Mollie Katzen's Number Salad from her kid-friendly cookbook, Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes. It's delicious, nutritious, and a fun way to practice numbers. Here's how to make it:
Put into a bowl:
1 handful of coconut
2 tablespoons of O.J. concentrate
3 pieces of orange
4 slices of apple
5 cubes of cheese
6 slices of banana
7 pieces of melon
...and stir 9 times.
This recipe, complete with friendly, hand-drawn pictures and useful hints, can be found online here. Children may also enjoy Mollie Katzen's Honest Pretzels and 64 Other Amazing Recipes for Kids Who Love to Cook and Salad People and More Real Recipes: A New Cookbook for Preschoolers & Up.
How can you help the Earth? There are lots of ways to get involved in conservation whether you're a kid, teen, or adult. Check out the local activities, Web sites and library materials listed below for some great ideas.