Every Child Ready To Read

The NATIONAL INSTITUTE For LITERACY is a government agency promoting early Literacy practices for families. You can find activities and testamonials in their booklets. The booklets are by age level as follows:
KINDERGARTEN: Kindergartners Learn To Read.
FIRST Grade: First Graders Learn To Read.
SECOND and THIRD Grade: Second And Third Graders Learn To Read.

DVD Bits - Finding Movies with a "G Rating"

Teachers and Parents ask "how do I find the movies with a G Rating"?
You can get a list of G-Rated Movies for Kids on the internet. The nice thing about the list is that it begins with 2005 movies and gets older. This means the movies would be on DVD, and perhaps the kids haven't seen them yet.

View YOUR Sample Ballot Now

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Your sample ballot, from President of the United States right down to your City Council Ward candidates, is available now from Michigan Votes. Once you fill in the info on the opening screen you'll go to a page with a purple "View My Sample Ballot" button. There's a handy print feature on the sample ballot page too. Need more info on the candidates and proposals? Check out the League of Women Voters of Michigan Statewide Voter Guide and the MLive local candidate guide.

Parent Bits - Kids and Self-Esteem

There's more than one way to help kids grow up healthy and competent. In addition to books on Self-Esteem like Stick Up For Yourself!, there are websites that can be useful. The October 2008 issue of Library Sparks provides suggested websites:
Kid's Health: Self-Esteem offers easy-to-use information by age levels, and a "fun and games" section section for kids 6-12 years old.
Kids Health For Kids: The Story Of Self-Esteem offers information in both English and Spanish language.

Terrible Beauty Underfoot

It's a great time of year for hiking at any of the delightful Ann Arbor city parks, as the leaves are changing color and the blood-thirsty insects finally die off. But don't forget about the terrible beauty underfoot: poison ivy, oak, and sumac. These silent pests are some of the first plants to change color, and they thrive where many a "step had trodden black." You can find poison ivy at the edge of footpaths, on the barks of trees, along fences, or at its most vicious, as autonomous shrubs that branch out laterally.

Although not everyone is allergic to the urushiol oil that causes the weepy, itchy blisters, it's important to be able to recognize the three leaf plants on sight, for the oil can seep into the skin within three minutes of contact. All parts of the plant -- including the roots and berries -- contain the poisonous oil, so be careful when digging in the garden as well. If you do make that unfortunate contact, it's best to wash the area immediately with plenty of soap and water. For more information on the poisonous trio, try the Health and Wellness Resource Center database available on aadl.org.

Get Homework Help with a Live Tutor

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The Library is pleased to offer Brainfuse, a new online tutoring service that matches students with a live tutor for personalized homework help. Just log on to chat one-on-one with a tutor in real time for individual help answering homework questions, building skills in specific subject areas, or writing a better research paper. Tutors (including Spanish-speakers) are available from 2-11 p.m. 7 days a week and help is available for all students, from elementary school through high school and beyond. No appointment is necessary.

Kid Bits - Back To SCHOOL

Here are some "Back to School" books for young children: Ready, Set, Preschool!, It's Time For School With Tallilah, I Love School!, Bunny School: A Learning Fun-For-All, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten, The Bus Stop, D.W.'s Guide To Preschool. If you'd like to know what professionals suggest for parents, you may explore the Discovery Education web site or, PBS Parents web site.

Check out our new Research page

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We've made a few changes to the AADL Research page for better access to our many magazine and research tools. You can browse a new subject listing at the top, quickly scroll through a more detailed ABC listing, or jump right to our most popular magazine database. We'll be featuring a selection of databases in the right-hand column, and from the left-hand menu you can now click on A2 Facts for links to interesting facts and statistics about Tree Town.

Choice Web Sites

Some of the best browsing you can find begins at aadl.org in the Research section. AADL Select Sites offers high quality Web sites on many topics, chosen by an AADL librarian. Click on the first topic that interests you. A great surprise for me was in History: Primary Sources, Making of America. It was a very readable digital copy of a June 1842 article, "Blindness and the Blind," in Southern Literary Messenger. I will be going back to this site a lot because there's something for everyone!

Parent Bits - New Baby Coming

When the BIG news is... a new child is coming, The Scholastic website offers parents very useful information, and it is very easy to use.
The Library offers books to read with young children in anticipation.
Try Waiting For Gregory;
We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families;
Dear Baby: Letters From Your Big Brother;
Benny And Beautiful Baby Delilah; and
What To Expect When Mommy’s Having a Baby.

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