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Websites for Kids

We’re all aware of how much kids love anything to do with computers.

This can create concern for parents, who don’t always have time to research the best websites for their kids to use.  Here’s a handy resource: The Association for Library Service to Children researches and vets hundreds of sites, and publishes the best of them on (what else) a website: Great Websites for Kids.

The websites evaluated are aimed at children 14 years and younger.  The ratings include a grade level,  a rating system of five stars, and details such as any fees or purchases available on the site.   The ALSC adds sites three times a year, and reviews all the sites twice a year for relevancy and accessibility.

One other nifty resource on their site is their Selection Criteria page, on which they share just what they look for in a site that makes it credible and worthwhile.  Parents looking to learn how to evaluate the websites their children visit might find this page very useful.

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Help your child get ready for Kindergarten

On Saturday, July 30th, you’re invited to drop by the library any time between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. with your 3- to 6-year-old.  You’ll find a room full of activities to do with your child that will help him or her develop the math skills they need to enter kindergarten.

These games include playing with big, colorful shapes; making patterns from multi-colored blocks, and using your body to count from 1 to 10.  These absorbing activities develop concepts your child needs to learn math.  “Family Fun with Math” is child’s play with a purpose.

 This event is free of charge and open to any child from 3 to 6 with a parent or adult caregiver.  Please tell your friends and help us spread the word!

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Happy Children’s Book Week!

There are some people out there who don’t pay attention to children’s books, and I pity them.  Some of the most beautiful books being published (in appearance and in message) are books for kids.  Every year there are one or two which I find so wonderful, I have to buy them for my personal library.  One of those is featured on this years’ poster:  Zen Ties, by Jon Muth.  (The panda’s name is Stillwater, and his nephew is Koo.)

A couple more to delight your heart and your eyes:  SkippyJon Jones, by Judith Schachner; and If you give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff.  Oh, and don’t miss Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems.  And then there’s….oh, just browse!  Browsing is such a lost art.  

And if you really want to celebrate Children’s Book Week, you know what to do: find a child, and read together.
                                                         –Mary Beth

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