National Amelia Earhart Day

Did you know that National Amelia Earhart Day is celebrated each year on July 24th? This day honors the achievements that Amelia Earhart has made as a famous American Pilot. Amelia’s love of flying began in December 1920. Her first flight was in California with a World War II Pilot, Frank Hawks. She started taking flight lessons in January 1921 with a female pilot, Neta Snook. She also bought her first plane in 1921. It was a yellow Kinner Airster which she named the Canary.

She received her pilot’s license in December 1921, and she has achieved many records. In 1922, she became the first woman pilot to fly alone at 14,000 feet. In 1932, she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by Congress. In 1929, she helped form an international nonprofit organization that was called the Ninety Nines. This organization was founded by 99 women pilots who inspired new women pilots through education, and scholarships.

Amelia’s flight around the world started on June 1, 1937 out of Oakland, California. She was on this trip with her Navigator, Fred Noonan. They left New Guinea on July 2, 1937 with 7,000 miles left for their journey. Unfortunately, this was the last time that they had been seen alive.

If you would like to learn more about Amelia Earhart’s life and her accomplishments, check out these books from our Children’s collection.

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Club

Reading is fun, especially when it’s about our “tail” worthy friends. Don’t miss out on this years adventure and fun! Register on our website, or using the READSquared App, available at the App store or on Google Play. This summer will be filled with stories, activities, raffles, and prizes.

Looking for your next favorite? Check out these tales about tails.

Picture Books for Preschoolers

Pete the Cat: Super Pete by Kimberly and James Dean. When there is trouble in town, Super Pete is ready to take down the bad guys and save the day. – Good Reads

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. This is a story about a beautiful fish who makes friends with the other fish by sharing some of his shining scales with them.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. A young boy hosts a taco party for the dragons, but he accidentally served the dragons tacos with spicy salsa which was made with Jalapeno Peppers. He tried to stop the dragons from eating those tacos, but he was too late.

How to Catch a Mermaid by Adam Wallace. This is a tale of two children, and a dog who are trying to catch a mermaid. They set up traps to lure her in, but she manages to escape each time. Then the children find themselves in danger when they see the sharks come back. They already used up all the traps and bait, and the mermaid comes back to save them from the sharks.

Easy Readers for Grades K-2

Biscuit’s First Beach Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Biscuit spends his first beach day making sand castles, collecting seashells, and playing in the ocean.

Danny and the Dinosaur and the New Puppy by Syd Hoff. The dinosaur likes to play with Danny and his new puppy at the park. Afterwards, they go in the pool to cool off, and they have a sleepover at a Museum.

Pony Party by Catherine Hapka. The Pony Scouts are helping throw a pony party for Tina’s birthday. However, Tina isn’t having fun, and it’s up to Meg, Jill, and Annie to save the day. – Good Reads

Chapter Books for Grades 3-5

Amy and the Missing Puppy by Callie Barkley. It is Spring Break in Santa Vista, and everyone has big plans except for Amy. As her best friends head out of town on exciting adventures, Amy resigns herself to helping out at her mom’s vet clinic. At least she’ll be around cute animals! However, when Marge Sullivan brings her puppy Rufus for a check-up, Amy encounters an unexpected mystery. After her friends return home, the girls get to the bottom of what happened to Rufus and discover a way to help other lost and lonely animals in their town. – Good Reads

Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day by Betty Birney. Humphrey is one of the class pets in Mrs. Brisbane’s class, and every weekend he gets to go home with a different classmate. One weekend he went home with Mandy and he met her hamster, Winky. Winky showed Humphrey his hamster car, and let him use it. He loved Winky’s hamster car, and he wanted his own car. Mrs. Brisbane surprised Humphrey and gave him a hamster car as a gift because she wanted to have a hamster race at school to go along with her math unit on measurement. All the kids watched the car race between Humphrey and Winky, and the car race ended up being a tie. Humphrey and Winky each won a first place certificate, and a box of Hamster Chew Chews from Pet-O-Rama.

Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne. The Magic Tree House transports Jack and Annie back in time where they see live dinosaurs.

Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner. Ranger has been trained as a search and rescue dog, but can’t officially pass the test because he’s always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott. Sam’s family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives he helps the boy save his little sister. Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger’s help more than they realize! – Good Reads

Earth Day

Earth Day is held on April 22 of each year in the United States and Canada. The first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States in 1970. As a growing reaction to toxic drinking water, air pollution, and the effects of pesticides, over 20 million people took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate against the impacts of 150 years of industrial development which had left a growing legacy of serious human health impacts.  Today we celebrate Earth Day to increase awareness of environmental problems and to lift environmental issues onto the world stage. The fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more and more apparent every day. 

Here are some some small steps that you and your family can take to help our planet:

  1. Enjoy spending time outside? Pick up trash while enjoying your outdoor activities. It is a great way to save that plastic bottle cap from the landfill while you are on your morning walk!
  2. Be a part of the change. Change your diet to fight climate change! Try participating in meatless Mondays!
  3. Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria. 
  4. Help protect pollinators by pledging to go pesticide-free! We need pollinators to ensure the persistence of our crop yields and ensure healthy sustainable ecosystems now and in the future.
  5. Try growing your own organic garden!

If you want to learn more about Earth Day, check out these books from our Children’s Collection.

And here are some fun things that you and your family can participate in during Celebrate the Earth Week: April 19-24, 2020:

  1. Start your own herb and vegetable garden by picking up seed bundles from the library.
  2. Watch Ms. Justine do an Earth inspired story time on our YouTube Channel.
  3. Make a plant based resipe inspired by our A-Z World Food database. There’s a video on our YouTube page to show you how.
  4. Pick up an Earth Day Poster kit at the library and proudly display your poster in your house.
  5. Pick up a mystery kit at the library with ecofriendly recycled material to make a craft.

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

“In 1915, in response to the lack of information on the accomplishments of Black people available to the public, historian Carter G. Woodson co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. In 1926, the group declared the second week of February as “Negro History Week” to recognize the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. Few people studied Black history and it wasn’t included in textbooks prior to the creation of Negro History Week.” – National Geographic Kids

In 1976 , U.S. president Gerald Ford extended the week to a month long recognition. Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States every February since.

Check out these amazing books written to educate and highlight the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans to U.S. History.

Family Friendly Winter Activities

There are many fun outdoor family activities that you could do in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. However, during the winter months, it can be a little more challenging coming up with fun outdoor activities to keep your family physically active.

Here are some fun winter activities that you could do outside with your family if the weather isn’t too cold.

  1. Build a snowman building.
  2. Paint pictures in the snow using paint in spray bottles.
  3. Build a snow fort.
  4. Go sledding at Belmont Lake State Park or Heckscher Park.
  5. Make snow angels.

No snow? No worries. Take a hike or go on a nature scavenger hunt. Go to the beach. It may not be quite as fun as swimming in the summertime, but the beach is still worth a visit during winter! Fly a kite along the shoreline, climb rocks or dunes, explore tide pools, check out a lighthouse, watch the waves, or go rock/shell hunting.

When those winter temperatures do drop below freezing and the wind is relentless, bring the outside, inside! Try an indoor Family Game Night. It’s so much fun to get together with family and laugh the night away. Play board games, create an indoor obstacle course, play an old fashioned round of cards. The options are endless. You could even try your hand at cooking or baking. Whip up a batch of cookies or make a meal together. For some cooking ideas, check out our YouTube Channel.

Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, make sure you take time this winter for some quality fun with your family. Winter can seem never ending, but being active and sharing some laughs will certainly make the season seem cheery and bright. The start of a new year is the perfect time to try new things and start the year spending time with those you care about.

Fun Exercises for Children

Regular physical activity in children is essential to developing and perfecting fine and gross motor skills. According to the Encyclopedia of Children’s Health, these skills are important to a child’s coordination, self confidence, ability to socialize, and academic performance. And since students are now learning at home, some or most of the time, I figured it would be a great time to introduce some ideas to create a healthy learning environment at home.

Some fun activities that your children could do include outside activities, such as walking, jogging, running, playing hopscotch, riding a bicycle, setting up an obstacle course in your backyard using hula hoops for the kids to jump through, or having a hula hoop contest. Raining or too cold to be outside? There are plently of inside activities that help to build Cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility such as doing Yoga, and Zumba. Look for some amazing movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts on Go Noodle.

And don’t forget to check out some exercise videos for children on Hoopla. Not sure what Hoopla is? Our Niche Academy tutorial can help!

July is National Ice Cream Month

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.  In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” And we do! According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the average American consumes more than 23 pounds of ice cream per year. So why not enjoy these ice cream themed books, while enjoying some homemade ice cream!

Don’t have an ice cream maker on hand? Try this no churn recipe.

Father’s Day

Did you know that the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in the state of Washington? However, it was not until 1972 that Father’s Day became a nationwide holiday in the United States honoring fathers. Although the library is not open yet, we wanted to share a project with you that we would normally do all together. So grab your art supplies and let Dad know how much you appreciate him by making an Out of this World Father’s Day Rocket Ship Craft.

Materials Needed: Rocket ship Template, a Printer, White Computer Paper, Dark Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow, and Black Construction Paper, Scissors, 1 Black Magic Marker, 1 Black Crayon, 1 Glue Stick, and 1 package of star stickers.

Directions

  1. Print the rocket ship template out of computer paper. No printer, no problem, just draw your own rocket ship!
  2. Cut out and glue the white rocket ship to the black construction paper.
  3. Glue the 2 black circular windows on to the rocket ship.
  4. Glue one blue wing to the right side of the rocket ship and glue one blue wing to the left side of the rocket ship.
  5. Trace your hand on the red and orange construction paper and cut it out.
  6. Glue the red hand print on to the back of the rocket ship.
  7. Glue the orange hand print on to the red hand print.
  8. Add some finishing touches to the rocket ship using a black crayon and a black magic marker.
  9. Trace and cut out the star from the template.
  10. Trace and cut out the star using blue construction paper.
  11. Write a message to your dad using a black magic marker.
  12. Decorate your project using star stickers or draw your own stars!
Source: Red Ted Art https://www.redtedart.com/handprint-rocket-card-for-fathers-day/

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to remember all those Americans who have fought in the past to keep this country safe and free. It is a day to honor and respect the armed forces, those who have already died, and those who continue to serve our country today. Have your child make an American Flag and place in a window or on your front door to honor these men and women for their military service. It’s super simple to make with just a few supplies.

Supplies: Red, white, and blue construction paper, a white crayon, and a glue stick.

Directions:

  1. Cut out a medium size square out of blue construction paper.
  2. Glue the square on the top left side of the white construction paper.
  3. Draw 50 white stars on the blue square.
  4. Cut out 7 red strips of paper.
  5. Glue the red strips of paper on to the right side of the white construction paper leaving some white space in between each red strip of paper.

Learn more about Memorial Day at World Book Online. Use your library card to login and begin your search.

Happy Mother’s Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day all month long, by making a card for your mom.

Supplies: Mother’s Day card template printed on white computer paper, flower shape template, 1 piece of white construction paper, 1 piece of pink construction paper, and a glue stick.

Directions:

  1. Print out the Mother’s Day card template on white computer paper.
  2. Print out the flower shape template on white computer paper.
  3. Cut out the flower shape template and trace the flower on to pink construction paper.
  4. Cut out the small white flower shape template and trace the flower on to white construction paper.
  5. Glue the pink flower on to the green stem.
  6. Glue the small white flower on to the middle of the pink flower.
  7. Fold the white paper in half to make a card.
Source: Teaching Nook https://teachingnook.wordpress.com/holidays/mothers-day-fathers-day-crafts/