Posts Tagged ‘family’

Gather ‘Round the Fire!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Some of my favorite childhood memories include my family and a big bonfire.  Sometimes we’d make s’mores, sometimes we’d sing or tell stories, and sometimes we’d just hang out and enjoy each other’s company. 

Imagine my surprise when, as an adult, I learned that those fun times had a hand in building literacy skills.  As you probably know from many previous posts, singing is a great tool for building phonological awareness because the different notes break words down into smaller parts.  And telling stories is a great way to work on narrative skills, which are an essential first step towards reading comprehension.

So there’s your excuse for some good ol’ quality time around the fire with the kids.  It’s not only fun, it’s a learning experience in disguise.  So break out your guitar (or just check out some CDs with great songs for kids), check out some great books for reading aloud or storytelling, and wait for sun down.

And don’t forget about Family Campfire at the library — we’ve got the stories, songs, and (fake) fire, with none of the bugs!

J. Patrick Lewis Author Visit!

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

J. Patrick Lewis, popular children’s author and poet, is coming to town!  The whole family can meet him at a FREE event at Otterbein College’s Courtright Memorial Library Monday, December 7th from 4:00 — 6:00 p.m.  More info is available on Otterbein’s website

Read some of J. Patrick Lewis’ books before you go!

Cloudy with a chance of weird weather

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

We know you loved the movie, now use it to introduce the kids to weird weather facts and fun experiments.  Check out these books to get you started:


Find more meteorology books for kids!

Miss Carol’s Storytime Goodbye

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye….

For those who have come to know and love her, Miss Carol’s retirement will be a bittersweet event. We hope you can join her for one last storytime on August 3rd from 2:30pm to 3:30pm.


She’ll be sharing her favorite books, music, rhymes and knock-knock jokes! You’ve heard them before but come hear them one last time at Miss Carol’s Storytime Goodbye! (No registration needed.)

Carol Vernon in action

What’s your favorite Miss Carol moment? Let her know by commenting below!

Road Trip, Part 2

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Have your kids outgrown the License Plate Game? No worries! Keep them occupied during long car rides with these audiobooks.

Browse all Playaways for Kids.
(Note: Playaways are small mp3 players that have been preloaded with audiobooks.)

Browse all Audiobooks for Kids.
(Note: All audiobooks are available in CD format.)

Best Picture Books

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

School Library Journal’s poll determined the 100 best picture books of all time. And the top 5 are…

Reserve it!

Want more? Check out the full list.

A Little “Mo”jo

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Find mo’ books by Mo Willems.