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  • Our Values Series – New Book Spotlight

     

       

     

    Equality & Diversity by Charlie Ogden. Crabtree Publishing, New York, New York, 2017.

    Government & Democracy by Charlie Ogden. Crabtree Publishing, New York, New York, 2017.

    Human Rights & Liberty by Charlie Ogden. Crabtree Publishing, New York, New York, 2017.

    Identity & Gender by Charlie Ogden. Crabtree Publishing, New York, New York, 2017.

     

     

    The Our Values series by Charlie Ogden includes four titles; Equality & Diversity, Government & Democracy, Human Rights & Liberty, and Identity & Gender. Each title includes high-quality color photographs, a glossary of terms, an index, and information about the topics on a global level. Relevant maps and questions encourage further discussion. Each book is 32 pages in length, making these books manageable for young readers. The series introduces timely concepts to older elementary students in an approachable way.

    Check them out at the Shaker Library today.

  • Sing, Say, and Sign: Using American Sign Language With Babies and Toddlers

     

    Most often a young child cries because she has a need that has not been met; maybe she is hungry, wet, or in pain. Teaching some basic signs can help your child communicate before she can use verbal language and that can make life better for both of you! Any early exposure to language is extremely beneficial to those incredible baby brains. In Nestlings and Fledglings, our early literacy programs for children under two, we frequently include signs as an extension of the books or songs we share. There are many web sites, books and DVD’s available to guide and support you if you want to try sign language with your child and give her even more ways to express herself.

     

    Get creative! One of my favorite books to use for teaching family signs is Counting Kisses by Karen Katz. A few weeks ago in storytime we learned the signs for sunrise, dance, flowers and rain by signing along with Elizabeth Mitchell’s song Sunny Day. Enjoy and happy signing!

    Shaker Library also offers Butterfly Hands, more in-depth signing classes for children, with certified signer Nancy Barnett.

     


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  • Shaker Library Hosts Our First Stuffed Animal Sleepover

    Shaker Library’s Stuffed Animal Sleepover was a huge hit!  Library staff were inspired to conduct the program from a CNN article posted last February which discussed the ongoing popularity of such programs, the benefits for children from them, and other ways to motivate young children to read.  It also mentioned a Japanese research study which specifically studied the effect of stuffed animal sleepover programs on the reading habits of children.

    Want to increase your child’s motivation to read? Incorporate reading into you child’s daily life. Find many ways, big and small—and make it fun!

    Will the children who participated in the first Shaker Library Stuffed Animal Sleepover start reading to their stuffed animals regularly?  We hope so!

    Stuffed animals tucked in for the night—but apparently they weren’t really sleepy yet!

    The bigger animals somehow crept up about 14 feet to read a story with the giant Shrek and dragon perched up high in our library.

    Meanwhile, the smaller animals found their way into a display case and were playing musical instruments.

    Reading Charlotte’s Web together

    For more photos, check out the Facebook album!

     

    Jimison, Robert. “After a night at the library, stuffed animals help kids read.” CNN. Cable News Network, 28 Feb. 2017. Web. 31 July 2017.

    Okazaki, Yoshihiro S., Atsushi Asakawa, Kentaro Ishii, and Yuki Yamada. “The stuffed animal sleepover: enhancement of reading and the duration of the effect.” Heliyon. Elsevier, 28 Feb. 2017. Web. 31 July 2017.

     


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  • Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport – New Book Spotlight
    Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport by Emma Carlson Berne. Capstone Press, North Mankato, Minnesota, 2017.
    A few weeks ago, we highlighted Seeking Refuge, the graphic novel by Irene Watts about a young girl’s experience with being a refugee on board the Kindertransport. A new non-fiction book, Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport tells the stories of other refugees on board the trains, using a mixture of narrative and primary source documents to share their experiences. The stories of seven children are shared, along with historical facts about the Kindertransport. In addition, there is a chapter at the end that tells what happened to the children mentioned in the book. The text also includes a timeline, glossary, bibliography, source notes, index, and suggestions for further reading. For middle grade students interested in learning more about this large scale rescue operation, Escaping the Nazis on the Kindertransport is a resource worth checking out.

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  • Beach Reads
    For many people, summer time means trips to the beach. Here are some stories about the beach you may be interested in:
    Board Books
    Picture Books
    Early Readers
    Middle Grade

     

    Happy Reading!


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