Parent’s Corner: Art Attack

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from language to tantrums to potty training to homework. These books are available for checkout, and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf,” if you’d like to have one sent to a branch of your choice.

Many children enjoy drawing or sculpting with Play-Doh. Their little hands and minds are ever creative and always imagining. AADL has some books that may help in facilitating their enjoyment of the arts with ideas on how to nurture this interest and enjoy art together. Check out Creative art & activities: fun with art!, Picture books plus: 100 extension activities in art, drama, music, math, and science, as well as Young at art : teaching toddlers self-expression, problem-solving skills, and an appreciation for art.

For more Parent Shelf finds on other topics see here.


I need to visit this branch - cool!

that sounds cool

Very cool!

I have visited dtw branch many times. I didn't know about the parent shelf. This is fantastic! Can't wait to see what all are there.

what a fabulous idea! kudos.

creativity at work

I never knew about the Parent Shelf resource area before. Thank you for highlighting this resource, here.

creative, keeps kids engaged.

I used to have an easel in my room to create art projects whenever. This would be a great resource to get your kids started with art. Definitely check out the Parent Shelf downtown :)

Is there a check out station near the parent shelf? My home library isn't setup close to the picture books and toys. It would be nice to be able to check out a ton of books while my two year old plays.

beeniepie, There is not a self check station very near the parent shelf. The parent shelf is in the children's room Downtown, near the story corner. There are self check out stations in the children's room closer to the entrance that are near play areas, so you could most likely check out while the two year old plays.

I love ideas from other parents.