Youth Department Freedom Quilt

Freedom QuiltFreedom Quilt

February is Black History Month. Come in and celebrate at the Downtown Library Youth Department. Paper quilt patches will be available to color and hang on the Youth Department’s wall.

Freedom Quilts were quilts with encoded messages that helped slaves find their way North to freedom. Although the significance and role the quilts played in the Underground Railroad is debated by scholars and historians, the stories of the quilts are still an important part of African-American history. Read more about Freedom Quilts in Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson, The Secret to Freedom by Marcia Vaughn and Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson.

Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story by Janet Halfmann

Read about the amazing life of Robert Smalls, a former slave who: sailed a stolen confederate ship to freedom, became one of America’s first African American captains of a United States vessel, convinced President Abraham Lincoln to allow African Americans to enlist in the Union Army, helped write a new democratic state constitution, became a member of the United States Congress and introduced a petition to give women the right to vote. Seven Miles to Freedom is truly a book of courage and inspiration.

PreK Bits - Russian Stories

"Ms Rachel" is doing stories from Russia this week.
Here are some to find in the folktales:
The Little Snow Girl;
Vasilissa The Beautiful;
Something From Nothing

The Moon Over Star by Diana Hutts Aston

The first lunar landing inspires a young child to fulfill her dreams. The Moon Over Star, by Diana Hutts Aston is a tribute to that special event as well as to the child in all of us.

PreK Bits

Welcome back to Storytime Season!
Ms. Rachel, Ms. Sara and Ms. Betsy are doing gingerbread, brown buns, cakes, and Happy New Years this week.
You can repeat the recipes at home often with:
Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone. A Classic.
The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Egielski. An updated version.
The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. Lusciously illustrated.
and sing "Five Brown Buns in the Bakery Shop" with
CDs from some of our favorite performers:
Peter & Ellen Allard in Sing It! Say It!.
Sharon, Lois and Bram in Great Big Hits.
Tom Chapin in Great Big Fun For The Very Little One.

Parent Bits - Cyber-Safety

If you can find the time for gathering parent information, there are useful Parent Guides on raising Cyber-Safe Kids today. Help young people learn to use the Internet Safely and Responsibly. It is an essential skill for life.
Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens;
Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online;
Generation MySpace: Helping Your Teen Survive Online Adolescence;
Me, MySpace, And I: Parenting the Net Generation;
And The DVD Think Before You Click: Playing It Safe Online.

Parent Bits - What Do We Read NEXT?

Parents (and Kids) ask ... "What are some good kid reads?" and we love to help. There are many Guides to help also. You can find great suggestions with:
Nancy Pearl's Book Crush.
Laura Bush's Laura's List.
Reading Raps: A Book Club Guide for Librarians, Kids, and Families.
Gotcha For Guys! Non-Fiction Books to Get Boys Excited About Reading.
Peak With Books: An Early Childhood Resource.
New York Times Parent's Guide To The Best Books For Children.

Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nichols

Sam has alls sorts of questions about life such as, “Where do you go after you die?” Living through the last stages of leukemia, Sam searches for the answers. Through journal entries, lists and questions, the reader sees life through Sam’s eyes and learns how precious life is.

PreK Bits - STORYTIMES START again !

Pack up the babies and grab the grandparents and everyone goes....
begin next week... JANUARY 12, 2009.

So Line up the sneakers, unknot the shoelaces,
Don't match the mittens, don't match the socks,
Get ready to warm up a spot on the floor...
We're ready to sing once more.

Kid Bits - What was it like?

If you are in elementary school, here's a series of books that make history fun. The pictures are funny too!
You Wouldn't Want To Be Sick In The Sixteenth Century!
You Wouldn't Want To Work On The Railroad!
You Wouldn't Want To Be Mary Queen Of Scots!
You Wouldn't Want To Be A Victorian Servant!
You can find many more titles in the series by typing "you wouldn't want to be" for "title". Let the CATALOG find the rest and then you can choose.

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