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Why not spend a few moments over Labor Day weekend sharing stories about careers with a child? The books listed below explore all different types of jobs through clever storytelling and illustrations.

            

Clothesline Clues to Jobs that People Do by Kathryn Heling
This book invites readers to guess different professions based on the uniform and equipment required for each.

How to Get a Job, by Me, the Boss by Sally Lloyd-Jones
A young girl describes in detail how to decide on an interesting job and then tells exactly how to go about getting it.

Night Shift by Jessie Hartland
Late at night after children have gone to bed, people who work the night shift, like street sweepers, window dressers, newspaper printers, road workers, and donut bakers, are doing their jobs.

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Eat your fruit and veggies and read about them too! Here is a list of some great books to check out from your library.

         

Go, Go, Grapes! : A Fruit Chant by April Pulley Sayre
Rhyming text and colorful illustrations describe the tastes, scents, and appearance of different fruits.

In the Garden: Who's Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
As Jeremy and Christina pick vegetables for their mother, they see evidence of animals and insects that have been in the garden before them.

Plants Feed Me by Lizzy Rockwell
A young boy explains the different plants and parts of plants that people commonly eat, from roots and tubers to fruits and vegetables.

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With research options available for a wide range of ages, World Book Online is a great resource for that research project that's due tomorrow, but you haven't started yet. (Don't worry, we won't judge)

Taking full advantage of tablet technology, World Book Online also works on your tablet, meaning you can put the finishing touches to your project in the car on your way to school. Here's how to get there: 

From Henrico County Public Library's Internet Homepage, click on Kids>Kids Space, then Research a Topic in the middle of the page. From the list of databases, click on World Book and enter your library card number (if you are at home).

Once you enter World Book Online, you will see all of the products available to you:

  • Kids! - The newest section of World Book Online uses image-driven navigation to engage young learners. There are interactive videos, games, as well as informative articles. Interactive features include the World of Animals, Explorable Maps, Important People, and Science Projects.
  • Early World of Learning - Developed by early childhood educators for children ages preschool through grade 2, this resource provides educational games, a story corner, coloring pages, and short video clips.
  • World Book Discover - Designed for middle school students and older, this database contains thousands of easy-to-read articles and a wealth of multimedia resources.
  • InfoFinder - This database is useful for elementary and middle school age students looking for easy-to-read explanations of various topics.  
  • Timelines - Users can explore important moments in sports, world history, science & technology, and more.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - A Spanish language reference site for children ages kindergarten through 4th grades, or adults learning the Spanish language. It contains engaging content, rich media, and interactive learning tools - all in Spanish.

With World Book Online your research project will be a success! You may enjoy using it so much, that you will start your research project earlier next time. (Don't worry, we know that's too good to be true. And besides, who are we to judge? This blog post was written the day before it was due!)

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Here are some great books to share with children this month:

          

Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic by Ginnie Lo
A Chinese American girl's Auntie Yang discovers soybeans - a favorite Chinese food - growing in Illinois, leading her family to a soybean picnic tradition that grows into an annual community event.

Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look
During the Tang dynasty, master painter Wu Daozi creates an extraordinary mural for the emperor.

Fly Free! by Roseanne Thong
When Mai feeds the caged birds at a Buddhist temple in Vietnam, her simple act of kindness starts a chain of thoughtful acts that ultimately comes back to her.

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It's Earth Day today! Here are some great choices to share with your child:

          

Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland
A bear that loves to hug everything in the forest is compelled to try and stop the destruction of his homeland after seeing a human being to cut down a tree.

The Earth Book by Todd Parr
Presents an introduction to environmental protection, describing a variety of ways that young people can work together to support the planet.

The Family Tree by David McPhail
In the 1800's, a man clearing land in a beautiful forest to build a home leaves one special tree, but many years later the tree is in trouble, and the man's great-great grandson enlists a host of animal friends to try to save it.

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When school is out, come to the library for all kinds of fun! Check your library's listings below.

Dumbarton Library
Minecraftapalooza Friday, April 10 at 2:00 pm
Come play with others in the same Minecraft world. For ages 8-12. Registration required.

Fairfield Library
Spring break fun for all ages!
Family Lego/Block Build Tuesday, April 7 at 2:00 pm
Movie Wednesday, April 8 at 2:00 pm
Games Thursday, April 9 at 2:00 pm

Glen Allen
Krafty Kids Monday, April 6 at 3:30 pm
Make a beautiful handmade bouquet. For ages 3-9 years.

Sandston
Lego Tuesday Tuesday, April 7 at 2:00 pm
A fun afternoon of playing with Lego and other blocks. For ages 3-9 years.

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These books are just right for the newly independent reader ready for their first chapter books. 

              

Amy and the Missing Puppy (The Critter Club series, #1) by Callie Barkley
During Spring Break, mystery lover Amy looks for clues to the disappearance of wealthy Ms. Sullivan's Saint Bernard puppy.

Archie Takes Flight (Space Taxi series, #1) by Wendy Mass
On "Take Your Kid to Work Day" eight-year-old Archie discovers that his father drives a space taxi that shuttles aliens from one area of the universe to another.

Captain Awesome to the Rescue! (Captain Awesome series, #1) by Stan Kirby
When second-grader Eugene and his family move to a new neighborhood and he starts at a new school, he has a chance to bring out his superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, to find the kidnapped class hamster.

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Chinese New Year begins on February 19, 2015. A great way to celebrate is to share a special book with your child.  

         

Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin
A Chinese American family prepares for and celebrates the Lunar New Year. End notes discuss the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.

Crouching Tiger by Ying Compestine
When Ming Da's Chinese grandpa comes to visit, he overcomes his initial embarrassment at his grandfather's traditions and begins to appreciate him.

My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz
A girl and her family prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year.

A New Year's Reunion by Yu Li-Qiong
Maomao's dad works many miles away, but he is coming home for New Year!

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Help develop your child's reading skills by using one of the library's beginning reader kits. Each series contains leveled books and suggestions on how parents can use them with their child. 

Bob Books & My First Bob Books  by Bobby Lynn Maslen and Lynn Maslen Kertell.

First Little Readers: Guided Reading Levels A,B,C by Deborah Schecter and Liza Charlesworth.

Folk & Fairy Tale Easy Readers by Violet Findley.

Guided Science Readers: Level A,B,C,D by Lydia Carlin and Timothy LeRoy.

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Celebrate the New Year a little early at the Tuckahoe Library on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. There will be fun activities the whole family can enjoy including:

  • Party crafts
  • Singing and dancing
  • A special count down to the noon hour

The party starts at 11:00 a.m. You don't want to miss it!

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Take a moment during this busy season to share a special book with your child. Here are just a few of the many holiday titles the library carries in it's collection.

             

The Animals' Santa by Jan Brett 
A rabbit named Little Snow is celebrating his first Christmas, and after all the forest animals tell him about the animals' Santa, he is excited to wake up on Christmas morning to find his own surprise.

Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift by Dara Goldman
Boris and Stella are in love but do have much money, so Stella sells something very important to her in order to buy Boris a Hanukkah gift, and Boris does likewise to buy Stella a Christmas present.

Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel
On the first night of Hanukkah, Old Bear wanders into Bubba Brayna's house and receives a delicious helping of potato latkes when she mistakes him for the rabbi.

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What is STEAM? It is a term that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Check out the books below to start exploring the world of engineering. 

                       

For Younger Readers:

Build It! : Structures, Systems and You by Adrienne Mason. Explores the function of structures, the materials they're made of, how their parts are joined together and more.

How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons. Describes how the surveyor, heavy machinery operators, carpenter crew, plumbers, and other workers build a house.

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Looking for a spooky story to read this Halloween? These classic tales have scared generations of young readers:

           

A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown. Journeying through a dark, dark house, a black cat surprises the only inhabitant of the abandoned residence.

In a Dark, Dark Room : and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz. Seven scary stories to tell at night, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries.

Tailypo: a Ghost Story by Joanna Galdone. A strange varmint haunts the woodsman who lopped off its tail.

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Hispanic Heritage Month may be over, but you can still celebrate with one of these great books from the library's collection of bilingual books and books in Spanish:

                              

Mamá Goose: A Latino Nursery Treasury = Un tesoro de rimas infantiles by Alma Flor Ada. Presents lullabies, games, nursery rhymes, and more.

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match = Marisol McDonald no combina by Monica Brown. A creative, unique, bilingual, biracial, soccer-playing artist celebrates her individuality.

Arrorró mi niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games by Lulu Delacre. An illustrated collection of nursery rhymes, finger play games, and lullabies from the major Latino groups living in the United States today.

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What is STEAM? It is a term that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Check out the books listed below to learn more about the exciting world of math.

                    

For Younger Readers:

Pigs at Odds: Fun with Math and Games by Amy Axelrod. While trying their luck at various games at the county fair, members of the Pig family find out what the odds are that they will go home as winners. 

How Do You Count a Dozen Ducklings? by In-s*on Ch'ae. Faced with keeping track of twelve ducklings, Mama Duck finds different ways to group them so that they are easier to count.

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Be sure to enter your information in the 2014 Summer Reading Club before the end of the day on Saturday, August 30. Participants that have reached their goal will automatically be entered in a chance to win an iPad mini and gift cards. Elementary school students that finish the program will also help their school in the Elementary School Trophy Challenge!

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What is STEAM? It is a term that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math which is the focus of our Fizz, Boom, READ Summer Reading Club. Check out the books listed below to start exploring the fascinating world of science!

           

For Younger Readers:

The Bones You Own by Rebecca Baines. Twenty-seven pages of interesting facts for kids about the human skeleton.

Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition by Joanne Cole. Ms. Frizzle's class learns what it takes to be a scientist, while meeting some of history's greatest minds.

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Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg - During the last week of school, the students in Mrs. Hartwell's class try to come up with the perfect present for their teacher.

When It's the Last Day of School by Maribeth Boelts - A boy tells how he will change his behavior on the last day of school.

The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing - In the style of Clement Moore's familiar Christmas poem, tells of a family's last minute preparations for summer vacation.

The Last Day of School by Louise Borden - Matthew Perez, the official timekeeper of Mrs. Mallory's third-grade class, has a special good-bye gift for her.

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These picture books are guaranteed to make you laugh. Check one out from your local library today!

Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin - While Raccoon is eating pizza at his secret pizza party, he sees a masquerade party going on in the house next door to him and joins the fun.

Here Comes the Easter Cat! by Deborah Underwood - When Cat tries to replace the Easter Bunny, he soon learns that the job is much harder than he expected--and does not allow time for naps.

Duck, Duck, Moose! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen - Duck and Duck busily prepare for a party, while their housemate, Moose, only gets in the way.

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Looking for something fun to do over spring break? Look no farther than your local library! Programs are open to all ages, no registration necessary.

Fairfield Library

LEGO/Block Build Monday, April 14 at 2 pm

Movie Tuesday, April 15 at 2 pm

Games Wednesday, April 16 at 2 pm

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